Weird Job Interview Questions and What They Actually Mean

weird job interview questionsIf you’re applying for a job, keep in mind it’ll take more than a resume and a 30-second rehearsed elevator speech to win that coveted position. For instance, you’ll often need to answer weird job interview questions.

Chances are you’ve never given much thought to naming 3 previous Nobel Prize Winners. You’ve never had to pick two celebrities to play your parents. Do you think you’re fashionable? What do people think about America?

But the reality is that, in just a few minutes, interviewers need to ascertain a candidate’s abilities and personality.

It’s because of their obscure nature that these questions have become increasingly common in job interviews. They force a candidate to think on his or her feet and can provide a deeper insight into the potential employee.

When it comes to weird job interview questions, here are five that really take the cake (and what they actually mean).

Question: If You Were an Animal, What Would You Be?

Looking for: Strong characteristics | This question, and all versions of it including asking if you were a tree or a Start Trek character, is asking you to define who you are. Employers want to know if you associate yourself with strength and intelligence (lion or tiger), longevity (an oak tree) or leadership and risk-taking traits (Captain Kirk, Spock)

Question: How Many Times in One Day Do a Clock’s Hands Overlap?

Looking for: Problem-solving skills | Cognitive abilities are skills needed to carry out tasks. Employers don’t want to just hear you are a problem solver but watch you in action. Brain teasers allow hiring managers to see how you react when put on the spot. Do you calmly calculate the answer or begin to sweat?

Question: Who Would Play the Leading Role in a Movie About Your Life?

Looking for: Personality self-confidence |Not only does it give them a better idea of your personality than a 10-minute interview could, but choosing a character can establish a level of self-confidence.

Question: How Would You Design a Spice Rack for a Blind Person?

Looking for: Creativity | A creative mind spends time thinking about solutions to all kinds of scenarios. Whether you answer Braille labels or talking containers, an employer must see how your mind works. These types of questions don’t have a right answer but do require a plausible idea that you share with enthusiasm and back with reason.

Question: How Would You Direct Someone Who Has Never Made an Omelet to Make One for the First Time?

Looking for: Communication skills | It sounds easier than it is. Employers want to know how well you can communicate simple tasks. This is especially true when it comes to an audience who may be unfamiliar with a topic. To shine as an interviewee, you need to be able to articulate knowledge in an interesting and useful way.

Have you heard weird job interview questions we haven’t covered here? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.


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