Why Do Employers Ask Hard (and Weird) Job Interview Questions?

You may have heard some of the strange questions that top employers ask candidates during job interviews:

  • Why are manhole covers round?
  • How many ping-pong balls would fill a school bus?
  • If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

And when you hear these questions, you most likely think, “What do these questions have to do my your ability to do the job???”

The simple answer, of course, is… well, nothing. They aren’t related to the job at all. But these odd questions do serve a useful purpose. As shown in this infographic¬†from SuperScholar.org your answers are an indication of your intelligence, critical thinking skills, and emotional intelligence.

The infographic also includes examples of hard and weird questions, as well as the purpose behind asking them. Now that you know exactly why the questions are being asked… how would you answer?


Interview question infographic






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