It’s been awhile since I offered any suggestions for answering interview questions. This is always an interesting topic because there are so many possible interview questions and so many excellent answers to those questions. Today I’d like to share with you some strange and unique interview questions I found on Forbes.com.
After reading the list below you may think there is no way that you can prepare in advance to answer these questions. You would be wrong.
Your goal in responding to an oddball interview question should not be to get to the “right” answer. Your goal should be to show, by example, how you handle challenges and approach the process of solving problems. The interviewer will assess whether, when faced with a difficult situation, you are likely to freeze like the proverbial “deer in the headlights” or if you are quick “on your feet,” composed, and confident.
If asked an “oddball” question at an interview, do not rush into your answer. Take a moment to breathe and gather your thoughts. Perhaps you will ask a pointed question for added details or descriptions. Then respond with a thoughtful and reasoned answer.
- If you were to get rid of one state in the United States, which would it be and why?
- Asked at Forrester Research
- How many cows are there in Canada?
- Asked at Google
- How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State Building?
- Asked at JetBlue
- A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
- Asked at Clark Construction Group
- What songs best describes your work ethic?
- Asked at Dell
- Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?
- Asked at Amazon
- What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
- Asked at Gallup
- How would you rate your memory?
- Asked at Marriot
- Name three previous Nobel Prize Winners.
- Asked at BenefitsCONNECT
- Can you say: “Peter Pepper Picked a Pickled Pepper” and cross-sell a washing machine at the same time?
- Asked at MasterCard
- If we came to your house for supper, what would you prepare for us?
- Asked at Trader Joe’s
- How would people communicate in a perfect world?
- Asked at Novell
- How do you make a tuna sandwich?
- Asked at Astron Consulting
- My spouse and I are going on vacation, where would you recommend that we go?
- Asked at PricewaterhouseCoopers
- You are a head chef at a restaurant and your team has been selected to be on Iron Chef. How do you prepare your team for the competition and how do you leverage the competition for your restaurant?
- Asked at Accenture
- Estimate how many windows are in New York City?
- Asked at Bain & Company
- What’s your favorite song? Perform it for us now.
- Asked at LivingSocial
- Calculate the angle of two clock hands (pointers) when time is 11:50.
- Asked at Bank of America
- Have you ever stolen a pen from work?
- Asked at Jiffy Software
- Pick two celebrities to be your parents.
- Asked at Urban Outfitters
- If you were kitchen utensils, which kitchen utensils would you be?
- Asked at Bandwidth.com
- On a scale form one to ten, rate me as an interviewer.
- Asked at Kraft Foods
- If you had turned your cell phone to silent, and it rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what would you tell me?
- Asked at Kimberly-Clark
- If you could be anyone else, who would it be?
- Asked at Salesforce.com
- How would you direct someone else on how to cook an omelet?
- Asked at PETCO
Source: 25 Oddball Interview Questions – In Photos, Forbes.com. Viewed on 2/4/2016.
Do you think you would be called back for a second interview if asked an oddball question in the first interview? The way to your next job is just like the path to Carnegie Hall . . . Practice, Practice, Practice.
Now, get to it . . .
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