Friday, April 8, 2011

Oddball Interviewer Questions

In a tough job market you better be ready to wow potential employers during the interview process. Of course, that may be easier said than done if they decide to throw out an oddball question specifically designed to rattle you.

I've actually already heard of some of the questions mentioned in the article, such as "How do you weigh an elephant without using a weight machine?" though there are a few pretty funny ones in there that I think you could have some fun with if you were ever asked.

For instance, if they asked you "Rate on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are.", I'd say "10" and then follow it by "but I won't tell you whether or not 1 or 10 is the weird end of the scale."

Or for the Google question "How many basketballs can you fit in this room?" I'd say with a completely straight and somber face "None. I'm actually deathly allergic to the material basketballs are made from. Both my sister and I are... I mean were. She died when she was seven due to a freak basketball related accident."

I mean think about it. If you were an employer asking one of these types of questions, your goal is twofold. First, you want to see how the candidate thinks on their feet. And second, you want to see a little bit of their personality shine thru. If you are able to entertain your interviewer with a clever, quirky answer, you can guarantee they won't forget you.


  1. Rainbow Zebra Said:

    Some good 'odd ball questions' there. Another one to ask to see how switched on the candidate is would be 'Which is heavier, a kg of feathers or a kg of coal?' I bet you'd be surprised at some of the answers you'd get!

  2. Joe Said:

    you find lots of odd ball questions by odd men

  3. Regina Stripper Said:

    Hey, I am a dancer/stripper and the interview questions I get can be very weird indeed. but, I get the job and do it my way!

  4. iq ball Said:

    Pretty great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve truly loved browsing your blog posts.

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