Weird Interview Questions & What They Mean

Do you think you're fashionable? What do people think about America? Interviewers often ask odd questions to ascertain a candidate's ability and personality. Here are 5 of the strangest interview questions and how to respond to them.

Chances are you've never given much thought to naming 3 previous Nobel Prize Winners or picking two celebrities to be your parents. However, it's because of their obscure nature that strange questions like this are becoming increasingly common in job interviews.

If you apply for jobs keep in mind it'll take more than a resume and a 30-second rehearsed elevator speech to win that coveted position.


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 potential 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 will be interested to 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 especially to an audience who may be unfamiliar with a topic. To shine as a interviewee, you need to be able to articulate knowledge in an interesting and useful way.


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Posted by Steve Brady