While many would expect to struggle with questions such as "what are your weaknesses?" and "what's your biggest achievement?", few would expect to be questioned on whether a Jaffa cake is a biscuit or a cake (see answer below), or be asked to showcase their abilities in Britain's Got Talent style interviews, involving singing or improvising sketches from films.
The study, however, has indicated that employers may be taking a more innovative approach to interviews and moving away from the traditional format. So it seems that in addition to the usual interview preparations, it will now also be necessary to give some thought to answers to questions such as "Who would win in a fight, superman or batman?" and "What dinosaur would you like to be?".
What is clear is that employers are still asking questions of candidates that are potentially storing up employment issues for them down the line. Instead of steering clear of personal questions, the survey showed that people were still being questioned on their relationship status and also in relation to their plans for the future regarding children. The risk here for employers is that by asking these questions they are opening themselves up to potential sex discrimination claims, with candidates arguing that they have not been successful in their application because the employer has a preconceived idea that they will be absent from work due to family commitments. Employers should bear in mind that they should not be discriminating against individuals, not only during their employment, but also in any recruitment process leading up to employment.