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What are some atypical interview questions you’ve asked or been asked? The one that caught me most off guard, though an easy answer was, “What would you do if you weren’t doing advertising?”

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I like to close my questions to them with What made you respond to my candidacy/want to meet with me today? Makes them state my value and pros themselves and ends on a high note without me having to boast. It also shows me if they get me / if we're on the same page about who they think I am and what I bring. I recommend everyone use it 😉 Good luck 🍀

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Great way to end an interview! Well done...and well put in this forum.

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“Do you know what a Big Mac is? What ingredient of a Big Mac would you be?” ...I...what?

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My experience was over 5 years ago but there was nothing A-typical about the interview. We do not hire stupid people. It’s hard to get a job here

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Thanks for the helpful comment Keith!

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I like “how would your colleagues describe you” Also: give an example of a time when you faced a significant challenge and how you addressed it Or: name a time when you needed to achieve a particular outcome but didn’t have hierarchical authority to do so. How did you achieve the outcome?

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While great interview questions, I don’t think these are atypical at all. These are pretty standard and on every “how to prep for an interview” article online

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I once got something like, “tell me about you.” 😂 I thought it was ridiculous at the time, but I’d be lying if I said I haven’t used that line in interviews I’m giving now. It’s a good indicator of who they are based on how they choose to answer. Also, interesting to see who is paralyzed by the open ended Q vs the people that run with it/think on their toes.

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According to something I read this is the hardest and most important question. Because they’re really asking what do you bring to us.

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"who ARE you?" - thanks for the mid-interview existential crisis

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Someone asked me what kind of art director I was

Excellent! Most interviewers are not expecting that quality of response. It shows you have thought through yourself as well as you would think through a client project.

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One time i was asked, “unfair question i know.. but if you had to come up with a tagline right now what would it be? What about a campaign? Thinking back to our website, what design changes could be made to make it better?” This was for an in house internship. I accepted the offer, then my school told me to turn it down because it would be unpaid and overworking me as a student. So glad i did. I should’ve realized it was sketchy from those questions alone

I got asked “Do you get bored easily?”

What book I was reading. I happened to be reading a book called “Men On My Couch” so that’s what I responded and it probably sounded a bit weird.

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