That awkward moment when … the interviewer throws oddball questions at you:
- How lucky are you and why? (Airbnb)
- What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? (Applebee’s)
- If you were a pizza deliveryman, how would you benefit from scissors? (Apple)
- Do you believe in Big Foot? (Norwegian Cruise Line)
- If you could throw a parade of any caliber through our office, what type of parade would it be? (The Zappos Family)
- A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here? (Clark Construction Group)
- If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children? (McKinsey & Co)
- Which super power would you like to have?
- What song best describes you?
- What song best describes your work ethic? (Dell)
- What would you title your autobiography?
- Choose two celebrities to be your parents. (Urban Outfitters)
- How would you market ping pong balls if ping pong itself no longer existed?
- Tell me a joke.
Unforeseen interview questions are an attempt to catch the interviewee off guard. These brainteasers may test your ability to think on your feet, as well as outside the box thinking. Puzzle questions explore creativity, spontaneity, ability to remain calm, reaction to the unexpected, critical thinking, sense of humor and overall personality.
Bizarre as they may sound, such questions shouldn’t be asked solely to make the interviewer feel smart :), therefore be prepared for wildcard interview questions. Bearing in mind that only few of these questions have ‘right’ answers, briefly search beyond the question before answering – you may ‘buy time’ smiling for a longer moment, then reply as promptly and candidly as possible, trying to include – wherever applicable – words / sentences that might describe strengths you have.
People are not equally spontaneous, it’s a fact. Some of you may be plagued by l’esprit d’escalier long after the interview. However … whatever you do, don’t be afraid to answer in a creative but serious way! These questions may sound funny, yet they are still knotty.
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