10 Of The Weirdest Interview Questions And Why You Shouldn’t Ask Them

By Natalie Pike,
November 19, 2014

The desire to be a ‘hip’ and ‘cool’ company is common among most businesses these days. Some bring in a modern espresso machine, some implement Thursday night happy hours, and some ask weird interview questions.

The Top Ten Weirdest Interview Questions: 

1. ‘ If you were a pizza deliveryman, how would you benefit from scissors?
          – Asked at Apple

2. ‘ If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?
          – Asked at Red Frog Events

3. ‘ If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?’
          – Asked at Bed Bath & Beyond

4. ‘ Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?’ 
          – Asked at Xerox

5. ‘ How would you use Yelp to find the number of businesses in the US?’
          – Asked at Factual

6. ‘ How does the internet work?’
          – Asked at Akamai

7. ‘ You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?”
          – Asked at Urban Outfitters

8. ‘ What was the last gift you gave someone?’
          – Asked at Gallup

9. “Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seat belt.”
          – Asked at Active Network

10. ‘What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?’
          – Asked at Applebee’s

While these questions are creative and can easily get the brain juices flowing, there are many reasons why they aren’t going to find you your next best hire.

A candidate’s answer to an interview question should be more than a few words long.  Asking an odd question makes the candidate feel unprepared and it will most likely elicit a short response.

The main reason hiring managers use weird interview questions is because they are looking for culture fit. Surprise! Bizarre questions have nothing to do with your company culture. You may be creative and goofy by asking them, but the candidate’s response won’t be an answer that proves they’ll fit into the company dynamic. There are five questions that are best for hiring for culture fit. A weird question isn’t one of them.  

Last, but not least, asking odd questions wastes valuable time when you could be asking about their previous experience. It’s more important to know the ins and outs of their last job than why they think a tennis ball is fuzzy.

Don’t get us wrong…there are some weird interview questions that DO work. Take a look here:

About the Author

Natalie is the Marketing Strategist, responsible for knowing the ins and outs of the SMB Industry, educating prospects on hiring best practices and positioning Hireology as a thought leader in the SMB space. She started at Hireology in 2014, writing blogs, planning events and managing the various social media platforms. Prior to working in the “real world,” she attended Purdue University (Boiler Up!) majoring in Broadcast Communications and competing on the Women’s Water Polo Team.

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