A job interview requires a lot of preparation and attention - and the interviewer knows it! Your future employer knows that you arrive prepared and rehearsed at the job interview, so to really get to know you as a candidate, they will ask you unusual questions to catch a glimpse of the unrehearsed candidate in an unguarded moment.
Even though these questions often do not have a right or wrong answer, the way that the candidate tackles these questions can be a deciding factor for the interviewer. But there is a hidden opportunity here to show the interviewer your thought process and how you deal with curveballs, demonstrating to your future employer that you are quick-thinking and handle unexpected situations with poise, creativity and a sense of humor.
Let’s face it, a job interview can be nerve-wracking, and these questions are either evil or hilarious! Take a look below and be the judge:
Explain to me what has happened in this economy during the last 10 years
- This question was asked in a job interview at Boston Consulting Group. This is a broad question, and the reason for this is to understand how you prioritize, what is important to you, and what do you think has been important for the world. It is also an extremely creative way of testing if the candidate knows what has happened the last decade and if he can briefly explain it.
Describe the color yellow to someone who is blind
- This can be quite an impossible task, but that you face it head on while still being considerate to the other’s handicap is very important. This is an example of question asking you to explain in simple terms, something that is very complex.
What would you take to a deserted island with you and why?
- Urban Outfitters asked this question at interviews, and what this question is trying to test is if you are rational or emotionally driven. Do you choose basic survival tools or personal artefacts? It is quite revealing what a person chooses to bring, and it is often never the same answer.
How many basketballs can you fit in this room?
- This question had been asked by Google in the past, and here they want to test your logical reasoning as well as your creative problem solving. The employer wants to understand your reasoning and problem-solving skills while seeing how you handle being on the spot.
What would you do if you were the lone survivor in a plane crash?
- Here AirBnB threw a curveball at candidates applying for a job. This is a behavioral question that catches the job applicant unprepared, and he can therefore only show his natural reaction in this extreme situation. There is clearly no right answer to this question, but probably the most common ones are shock and crying.
How many ridges are there around a quarter?
- This question was asked in the Deloitte interview process. Here, the employer is interested in the candidate's thought process and problem-solving skills, because unless you have been very bored and counted the ridges of a quarter - most people will not know the answer to this question.
Name 7 uses for this pen
- This question is trying to test your resourcefulness and creativity. This question could be highly relevant if you are applying for a creative position, and a lot of applicants will be able to think of 3 uses for a pen - but can you think of 7?
Pepsi or Coke?
- This question has divided families, friends, and co-workers. In the end, it always comes down to this question.