Job Interview: Unusual Questions

The job search advice industry is so prolific that any candidate who researches knows he should prepare brief responses in advance to frequent standard questions. Such questions include: “What are your strengths and weakness” and “What makes you the most qualified candidate for this job.” The answers you heard will be roughly the same across all the candidates you’ve interviewed – predictable and boring.

Are you interested in a new trend in job interview questions – or perhaps an old trend newly revived? Use these unusual interview questions to assess how well your candidates respond to an unexpected question or scenario. Most of these questions do not have right or wrong answers. They provide your candidates the opportunity to demonstrate quick, thinking, poise, creativity and sense of humour.

Feel free to use these questions in your interview or use them as models when you develop your own questions.

 

  • If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be?
  • If Hollywood made a movie about your life, what genre would you put the movie under? Whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
  • If you can choose any power in the world, what would you want your superpowers to be?
  • If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
  • If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island and you can only have 3 items with you, what would they be?
  • If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?
  • If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
  • If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?
  • What’s your favourite Disney Princess?
  • If you were asked to unload a 747 full of jelly beans, what would you do?
  • If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?
  • Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman?
  • What did you have for breakfast today?
  • Describe the colour yellow to somebody who’s blind.
  • What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?
  • Why is the manhole cover round?
  • If you had $2,000, how would you double it in 24 hours?
  • What was the last thing you Googled?
  • If you could sit next to one person on a flight, who would it be?
  • We meet on an elevator, and you have until we reach the 10th floor to convince me that you’re right for the job. Go!
  • How much do you charge to wash every window in Seattle?
  • If you could be remembered for one sentence, what would it be?
  • What kind of tree would you be?
  • You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
  • We finish the interview and you step outside the office and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?
  • What was the last gift you gave someone?
  • Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.
  • How many square feet pf pizza is eaten in the U.S. each year?
  • Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday?
  • Name five uses of stapler without staples.
  • How many cows are there in Canada?
  • What kitchen utensil would you be?
  • On a scale from one to ten, rate your weirdness.
  • If you were a box of cereal, what would you be?
  • If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?
  • Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seat belt.
  • If you have 2 eggs, and you want to figure out the highest floor from which you can drop the egg without breaking it, how would you do it?
  • You have 100 coins lying flat on a table, each with a head side and a tail side. Ten of the coins are heads up, 90 are tails up. You cannot feel, see or in any other way find out which side is up. How would you split the coins into two piles so there are the same number of heads in each pile?
  • You put a glass of water on a record turntable and begin slowly increasing the speed. What happens first? Does the glass slide off or tip over, or does the water splash out?
  • What’s more important: fixing the customer’s problem or creating a good customer experience?
  • Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?
  • Do you believe in Bigfoot?
  • Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
  • If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?
  • What is the colour of money?

 

There is no way for your candidates to prepare for these off-the-wall job interview questions. Try to catch a glimpse of the unrehearsed candidate in an unguarded moment. Gain insights into their thought processes and observe how they respond and compose themselves.

Remember, you are looking for candidates who do not answer your questions with “I don’t know.” Have fun!

 

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