We all are accustomed and prepared for standard interview questions that most of us are familiar with and expect to crop up in an interview. General questions such as “Tell us a bit about yourself”, “Why do you want to work for us?”, and “Describe your biggest achievement’” are all typical interview questions that most candidates should be well equipped to answer.
Increasingly though, companies are throwing in a curve ball; a seemingly bizarre, unrelated question that can catch you completely off-guard. Often these questions are designed to assess your ability to think on your feet, your analytical thinking skills, and your general way of viewing the world. In most cases, the process of getting to an answer is more important than the actual answer itself.
HireTale surfed through hundreds of interviews questions around the globe to come up with Top 10 weird interview questions asked in past one year…
1. Asked at Apple
“If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors?”
2. Asked at Yahoo
“If you were on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would you bring?”
3. Asked at Dell
“Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer ?”
4. Asked at Xerox.
5. Asked at Goldman Sachs
“How many square feet of pizza is eaten in the US each year?”
6. Asked at McKinsey & Company
“If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?”
7. Asked at Bed Bath & Beyond
“If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?”
8. Asked at SinglePlatform
“If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why?”
9. Asked at ThoughtWorks
“It’s Thursday, we’re staffing you on a telecommunications project in Calgary, Canada on Monday. Your flight and hotel are booked; your visa is ready. What are the top five things you do before you leave?”
10. Asked at Active Network
Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt.”