About a month ago now, Glassdoor released their Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions. They are fun for a giggle and as an HR geek I am often intrigued by the motivation behind asking such questions. Surely someone had to get permission to ask them and presumably there is a good reason. Wouldn’t you want to be a fly on the wall of that meeting? “Well you see, I want to ask them about what type of cereal they think they would be and why…”
Now, like most interview questions, no matter how oddball it may happen to be, as a candidate you are expected to answer it seriously and with careful thought. But my husband Jesse, being an IT geek who enjoys going out of his way to make me giggle, he went in a different direction with his answers and with his permission I thought I might share some of my favorites with you:
“If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office, what type of parade would it be?” –The Zappos Family, Customer Loyalty Team Member interview.
“How lucky are you and why?” –Airbnb, Content Manager interview.
Are you looking to get lucky….cause if I get this job we can make that happen.
“If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?” –Apple, Specialist interview.
To smite mine enemies and those that do not tip…and it’s not a pair of scissors, it is the weapon of my birth right Scsscssrrrr the Paper Cutter.
“Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?” –Dell, Account Manager interview.
I am a huntherer….I look for things other people have already hunted and gather them for myself.
“If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?” –Yahoo, Search Quality Analyst interview.
Three shipping containers; one full of shelf stable food, one full of Ikea furniture, and the final one would be empty…so I could move into it right away.
“Do you believe in Bigfoot?” –Norwegian Cruise Line, Casino Marketing Coordinator interview.
Yes, and he prefers to be called Carl.
“Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?” –Xerox, Client Manager interview.
It missed it’s last waxing appointment.
“What is your least favorite thing about humanity?” –ZocDoc, Operations Associate interview.
We don’t have time for me to answer this one, I’ll just show myself to the door.
“How honest are you?” –-Allied Telesis, Executive Assistant interview.
“If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?” –McKinsey & Company, Associate interview.
How I met their Mother…it would take years.
“How does the Internet work?” –Akamai, Director interview.
It’s a series of tubes that lead to Hogwarts…that’s where the magic happens.
“What’s the color of money?” –American Heart Association, Project Manager interview.
Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback….yes I have IMDB memorized.
“It’s Thursday; we’re staffing you on a telecommunications project in Calgary, Canada on Monday. Your flight and hotel are booked; your visa is ready. What are the top five things you do before you leave?” –ThoughtWorks, Junior Consultant interview.
Quit….nobody wants to go to Canada.
“Have you ever been on a boat?” –Applied Systems, Graphic Designer interview.
Only that one time with T-Pain, it’s like being on a big blue watery road.
Now that you’ve had a giggle, how would you answer those questions?