20 Bizarre Job Interview Questions, and How to Answer Them

2. Sell me this pencil

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Job site Monster.com singles out “Sell me this pencil” as a job-interview challenge sometimes faced by those seeking sales jobs. It kind of makes sense — we’ve all met natural salespeople, and turning on that kind of charm in an interview can reveal whether you’re one of them.

Tips: Your interviewer is looking for confidence, so don’t stammer and trail off when trying to find uses for the writing instrument. But don’t just rattle off a description. The best salespeople know to ask a prospective buyer plenty of questions first, to determine if he or she needs the product they’re hawking. If the stubborn response is, “I never write,” you’d be best to admit that not every product is for everyone, Monster notes.

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