Goofy, surprising, and off-topic questions are a hot trend these days among HR teams and hiring managers in search of new talent. But do these kinds of questions actually pay off? Do they bring real results and help managers identify well-suited candidates? Or do they simply lighten the mood and add some entertainment to an otherwise tense conversation? The answer depends on who you ask; some companies swear by these tactics. But the answer also depends on the nature of the silly questions you decide to ask, and how your managers catalog and analyze various responses. Keep these considerations in mind before you decide to steer your interviews off the beaten track.

Actually listen to the answers.

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