Updated: Dec 6, 2021
Job interviews can be quite nerve-wracking. You spend a great deal of time preparing potential interview questions about your work experience and qualifications. You need to stand out from all the other applicants vying for the same job, so you go through as many questions that your recruiter at agencies like CA Global (or Google) has provided. However, not all interviewers stick to asking standard interview questions. Sometimes potential employers go the unconventional route and decide to get to know more about you by asking you funny questions or brainteasers during your interview.
These questions demonstrate to prospective employers how you think on your feet and also give them a bit more insight into your personality. With that said, to properly prepare for an upcoming interview, it is best to practice many interview questions, both the standard interview questions as well as the weird and funny interview questions. Keep in mind that there’s no way to fully anticipate these types of questions. That’s precisely what makes them such an excellent tool for evaluating whether a prospective employee can think on their feet.
Why do interviewers ask weird interview questions?
Interviewers may ask funny interview questions to see if you fit in with the company. They want to get a better sense of who you are, your ability to react to curveballs - and to get the conversation flowing. Your answers demonstrate your critical thinking process, problem-solving skills, and ability to work under pressure.
How to answer weird interview questions
Take your time to think about the question. You want your interviewer to notice how you carefully consider your answers to these questions. Organise your thoughts before responding.
Be honest. These questions may be a bit challenging to answer but there are generally no wrong answers. Try not to think too much about how they may interpret your answers. Have some fun with them.
Describe your thinking process. Instead of just emphasizing your final answer, explain how you got to your answer. This will help your interviewer to gain insight into your critical thinking abilities.
15 sample weird interview questions
Here are 15 weird interview questions a potential employer may ask you in your next interview:
Someone gives you an elephant. You can't sell it or give it away. What do you do with the elephant?
What was the last gift you gave someone?
If you could have any superhero power, what power would you have and why?
What's the color of money?
What two items would you take with you if you were shipwrecked on a desert island where all your food and water needs were taken care of?
If you could compare yourself to an animal, what would it be and why?
If you could choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what song would you choose and why?
What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
What do you think about when you are alone in a car?
If you had a time machine, would you travel to the future or back to the past?
What fictional character do you identify with the most and why?
Describe the purpose of this job to someone from another planet.
If you had to work, but you didn't need the money, what would you do?
If you are running late for work, would you run a red light to save time?
If you used a time machine to meet your grandparents in the 50s, how would you explain the internet?
Weird interview questions can reveal a lot more about you than what is written in your CV. The best way to ace the answers is to familiarize yourself with as many of the stranger ones as you can. What weird questions have you heard about?
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