Sometimes you might encounter some weird interview questions but you still need to be prepared on how to answer them such as: What movie have you seen recently?
Employers are there to find out who you are as a person, in addition to find out how well you’ll take over a role with their company. Part of their job is to make small talk, trying to engage you in conversation to hopefully develop a rapport and maybe get a glimpse of the person behind the professional facade. They may even integrate this small talk into your interview questions by asking things like “What movies have you seen recently?”
How to Answer:
Answering this question is not necessarily difficult. The problem is picking and choosing the movies. You need to go with either a safe or interesting answer, and you need to stay away from answers that may reflect on your character or simply have a name that is inappropriate. You also need to answer the question seriously, and not act as though the question isn’t important.
“Last month I got a chance to watch three movies. I watched ‘Chainsaw Murderer IV,’ ‘The Notebook,’ and ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’”
No. Horror movies? “Chick Flicks”? A movie called “Dude, Where’s My Car?” Absolutely not. These are perfect examples of bad movies to mention during your job interview. Even if “Dude, Where’s My Car?” was an Oscar winner, its title doesn’t make it acceptable.
“The last major motion picture I saw was Avatar in IMAX. I also recently watched “Holy Rollers,” an independent film from at Seattle International Film Festival.”
One of these movies is popular but doesn’t speak negatively about your character. The other is an interesting independent film that could spark conversation. You will need to be able to discuss these movies, so always say movies that you have seen, but notice how the two choices for movies are simple choices or interesting choices.
Take Away Interview Tips:
- Choose either highly popular movies or independent films.
- Stay away from movies that could reflect poorly on you.