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Rather than taking business cues from Warren Buffett and Mark Cuban, look to Will Ferrell and Stephen Colbert instead. Both funnymen have extensive training in improvisation, which is fast becoming a stealth strategy in today's business world.

Picture this: You're sitting in a job interview with a fresh haircut, polished shoes, and a painstakingly edited resume to present you at your best. You've studied the ins and outs of the company and even rehearsed a few personal anecdotes that reflect your ability to work well with others, overcome difficulty, and think creatively. You're killing the interview...until the boss hits you with this bomb: "What movie tells the story of your life, and why?" Wharton Business School didn't prepare you for this.

The reason for the left-field question? Managers want to observe your communication skills, test your ability to think on your feet, and determine if you're truly able to find creative solutions to complicated problems. These kinds of skills are in high demand today, and the experts who can teach you them are probably yukking it up in comedy clubs right now. (Want more must-have career advice? Sign up for the FREE Best Life newsletter today.)

We enlisted the services of Mark Chalfant, the artistic director of Washington Improv Theater in Washington, D.C., to find creative improv-based solutions for every workplace problem. Use them to ace an interview, nail a sales pitch, and maybe score a guest spot on Saturday Night Live.

The situation: During an interview, you're bombarded with an unrelated question to test your creativity, like "If you were an animal, what animal would you be?"

The strategy: Answer quickly and create a dialogue. "Go with your gut and immediately answer with whatever comes to mind," Chalfant says. "What they're really asking you
to do is share a bit about who you really are."

Luckily, there's no right or wrong answer to the question. The successful answer is one that's quick, confident, and addresses the humor in the situation. "What improv is really about is zeroing in on both sides of a human dynamic, and in interview scenarios, I think that's often overlooked because people are freaked out or nervous," Chalfant says. "Once you've finished your authentic, honest answer about what kind of animal you are, ask the manager what kind of animal they are, and react to it. How would those animals get together?" Now you've created a dialogue and stronger dynamic. For more insider secrets, click here for 6 Things to Get Right at a Job Interview.