04 August 2015
Author: The ExecuSearch Group
“If you were an animal, what would you be and why?” is a question you might be asked in a job interview. If you are reading this, you may be questioning why this inquiry is at all relevant. As impractical as this question may seem, employers want to see how potential employees think on their feet and react to unanticipated questions. While the answer itself doesn’t necessarily matter, it’s important to understand how to approach these out-of-the-box questions before you go in for your meeting with a hiring manager. Take a moment to prepare yourself for unusual interview questions by following these 3 tips. Decode what they’re asking When the hiring manager asks you what you would bring with you to a deserted island, they’re not necessarily looking to see what you’d bring. “Weird” questions are actually cleverly disguised to reflect a much bigger picture. What the interviewer is actually interested in is how quickly and succinctly you can put an answer together. It can be easy to become flustered or feel awkward when responding, so be sure to take a deep breath and pause to collect your thoughts prior to speaking. Be yourself Each answer should not only showcase your strengths, but also the personality traits that can make you a fit for the role. For example, some questions are designed to get to know your character and sense of humor, so don’t feel pressured to give an answer that isn’t true to your personality. If you can’t quickly think of an exact answer, avoid saying “I don’t know” or asking what the question has to do with the job. Instead, verbalize the thought process you are using to get to your answer, which will help the interviewer understand how you think and problem solve. Be prepared to explain Your explanation is the most important part of your response. For instance, consider the question asked in the introduction about what animal you would be. Your answer isn’t really what matters and you can choose any animal; it’s how you reason your answer. Why did you choose what you did? Rather than saying you chose a cat because you’ve always had them as pets, explain the attributes of a cat in relation to the position you’re applying for. If you say they always land on their feet and they’re friendly, but also like alone time, what you’re interviewer is hearing is that you are: Friendly, resilient, and can be an independent worker. Next time you get asked a bizarre interview question, don’t let it catch you off guard! Stay true to what your gut tells you to answer, but filter it through the lens of the interviewer. How will this sound to them? What am I telling them indirectly by answering this question as such? By following your gut and thoroughly explaining the thought process you are utilizing to get your answer, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about!
04 August 2015
Last week, as part of our dd:TALENT partnership with Digital DUMBO, The Execu|Search Group was a supporting sponsor of the event, Creative Capital. At the event, which was also presented by Vitaminwater, over 100 digital professionals came out to the Dumbo Loft to learn how artists, creators, and entrepreneurs are sharing their creative work with the world. After a presentation by the people behind innovative platforms such as Mixcloud, Tipjar, and VHX, attendees had the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, learn how dd: TALENT can help meet their hiring or job searching needs, and have fun with the Vitaminwater .gif station! “The event had a great turnout and we were able to chat with many new and familiar faces,” says Allie Shulman, Director of The Execu|Search Group’s Creative & Digital division. “Whether you were at the event as a job seeker looking for your next opportunity, or a hiring professional looking for creative talent, there was something for everyone. From the special guest speakers to the Vitaminwater .gif station, there was a ton of energy in the room and we are looking forward to our next event!” As one of the fastest growing digital organizations in the world, Digital DUMBO produces live events, conferences, content, and custom experiences that connect companies and brands with digital tastemakers, talent, and executives. Digital DUMBO was founded in 2009 as a local, monthly gathering and today, is a global platform and initiative with over 16,000 members. The Execu|Search Group has partnered with Digital DUMBO to launch their new initiative dd: TALENT – a program that aims to connect talent from both in and outside of the Digital DUMBO community with some of the best companies in the area.