Top 10 strangest interview questions, ever!
We all know the ‘standard’ interview questions, “so, tell us a little about yourself”, “what are your weaknesses?”, but have you ever been asked a question in an interview and thought “did they really just ask me that?”
Companies have developed some very unique and interesting questions that they believe help them get to know the real you. Some of the questions are designed to show aspects of your personality and others are based on your skills, do they actually work or are they just plain weird? We’ve compiled a list of ten of the strangest interview questions ever, we’ll let you decide...
1- "If you could choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?" (Google)
2 - "If you had a choice between two superpowers — being invisible or flying — which would you choose?" (Microsoft)
3 - “How would you title your autobiography?”
4 - "If You Were a Fruit, What Kind Would You Be and Why?"
Sense of humour / Imagination
5 - "A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?"
Problem solving / Practical thinking
6 - “Name 5 uses for a stapler without staples.”
7 - “If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?” (Apple)
8 - “How do you get an elephant in a fridge?”
Testing your morals...
9 - “You’re prime minister for a day. What’s the first thing you do?”
10 - “Would you be prepared to break the law?” (Our advice, if you are asked this question, politely decline and exit the interview!)
Interviews are nerve-wracking enough without curveball questions like the ones above. However, with more and more companies turning to unique questions to help them get to know their candidates, it is important you know how to answer them. The golden rule is to stay calm, think about your answer and then work through your thinking with the interviewer. Often it’s not about the answer you give, more about how you get there.
Why not try asking your colleagues some of these questions in your next coffee break? They could help you get to know them in a whole different light!