Weird Interview Questions You Might Encounter

Look for these weird, wacky, and funny interview questions on your next job interview.

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By Adam Jazairi

If you’re fully prepared for an interview, you’ll be able to anticipate most of the questions you might face. Inevitably, though, you’ll encounter at least a couple of weird interview questions that might make you leave the room scratching your head.

Sometimes even the weirdest interview questions can be packed with meaning.

Of course, there’s no way to anticipate all of these weird interview questions. For plenty of employers, making them up is the fun part of the interview process. They’re not likely to recycle them, and as a result, you’re not likely to hear the same one twice.

Nonetheless, to give you a little break from the job search process, we thought it would be fun to give you a selection of the some of the funny interview questions that employers have been known to ask. That’s right: believe it or not, large corporations like Goldman Sachs, Google and AT&T have allegedly asked these questions at interviews. Some of them are amusing, some are perplexing, and some are just downright bizarre!

These weird interview questions are good for a chuckle or two, and who knows? Maybe you’ll encounter some of them in your career search!

Weird Interview Questions

  1. How many smartphones are there in New York City?

  2. What do wood and alcohol have in common?

  3. How’s your fastball?

  4. You are in a dark room with no light. You need matching socks for your interview and you have 19 grey socks and 25 black socks. What are the chances you will get a matching pair?

  5. If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?

  6. What is the philosophy of Martial Arts?

  7. You are in charge of 20 people. Organize them to figure out how many bicycles were sold in your area last year.

  8. How many bricks are there in Shanghai? Consider only residential buildings.

  9. How do you weigh an elephant without using a scale?

  10. What qualities do you hate in a boss?

As you can see, these questions range from seemingly sensible to completely off-the-wall. So, what kind of response are employers looking for when they ask these weird interview questions?

The appropriate response depends on the question, but it’s usually pretty easy to detect what they’re driving at. For example, if they ask a math-related question, they’re probably trying to gauge your skills with numbers. If they ask something abstract, they’re likely interested in creativity. If they ask an oddball question with an element of management, they’re trying to get a sense of your organizational skills in unusual situations.

So, sometimes even the weirdest interview questions can be packed with meaning. Make sure you don’t shrug them off as nonsense; answer them as you would any other question!



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