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Six unusual, real-life questions asked by hiring managers in job interviews

Six unusual, real-life questions asked by hiring managers in job interviews
Even if you’re well-prepared for a job interview and have rehearsed your answers to common questions, sometimes a hiring manager will ask an unusual question to see how you can think and respond on your feet, as well as find out more about your soft skills and cultural fit.

Here are six real-life examples from Glassdoor of unusual questions people have been asked in job interviews and how to answer them if they come up for you:

 
 
 

Alternatives to redundancy: the four Rs of managing workforce change

Alternatives to redundancy: the four Rs of managing workforce change
In Japan there is a term called mottainai, which expresses regret when something good is wasted. For environmentalists, avoiding mottainai involves the four Rs of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repair.

In my outplacement work with organisations, I deal with another form of mottainai: is the waste of talent that can occur when companies don’t proactively manage their workforce. When time is tight and with the imperative to cut costs or patch crucial talent gaps, companies often feel they have no choice but to do it reactively – wasting resources, in-house talent and hard-won morale.

Hudson avoids mottainai in the context of managing workforce change by using another principle of four Rs:

 
 
 

Three career transition lessons from an industry shutdown

Three career transition lessons from an industry shutdown
If your organisation only provides career transition support in the form of outplacement services for employees once they have been made redundant, you’re missing out.

There’s no such thing as too early when it comes to career coaching and transition support – especially for transforming industries.

If you’re in an industry or sector that is rapidly changing – whether that’s due to automation, digital technology or global economic shifts – you’ll know that some roles will ultimately become redundant as a result of changing skillsets and business requirements. For example, we’ve all seen this playing out in postal services, print media and publishing, financial services, and in manufacturing.

 
 
 
 
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