Robin Sutherns | Jun 29, 2020 | 0
119 Best Weird Interview Questions That Will Reveal Your True Self
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Nowadays, everyone’s interview question answers are so canned and rehearsed that they rarely reflect what makes a candidate a cut above the rest. Interview questions are precise gauges of self-awareness, authenticity, humility, and genuine confidence. Make sure you don’t accidentally net some egos when you were going for the former.
We’ve curated some lists of truly unique, wonderfully weird questions to ask so you can keep candidates on their toes and coax out their true colors before hiring.
After welcoming your candidates, don’t be afraid to get a little personal, and push buttons and boundaries just a titch. You want to see how their social skills and self-awareness hold up with a little bit of extra challenge.
Here are the 14 best weird interview questions:
1. Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
The first being more active in pursuit, the other deeper in awareness and perception. Despite old, outdated ideas, both sides of the spectrum are equally valuable in different work situations. Match them accordingly.
2. How lucky are you and why?
Gauge their gratitude. Are they aware of privilege? Is there glass half empty or half full?
3. Do you believe in Bigfoot?
Do they believe in magic and forces outside the obvious 5 senses?
4. Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?
And how many jelly beans are in this jar?
5. What’s the color of money?
Hint: it’s the same color as trees.
6. What was the last gift you gave someone?
Find out the messages they convey between the lines. Gifts send powerful messages and directly reflect who we are.
7. If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be?
You’ll find out what sort of personality and hero they consider themselves synonymous to.
8. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
They might say flying or disappearing or they might be off the cuff enough to say a superpower you’ve never even thought of! How in the box are they?
9. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Highlight their lives.
10. If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
What sort of world service do they worship? What’s their level of practicality or exuberance?
11. If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you want?
Are they spicy, creamy or full of vinegar?
12. If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?
Do they just name some food they like (over-simplifying the question) or do they carefully consider what each food’s attributes might reflect about them?
13. If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
How are they influenced by our historical role models?
14. Why are manhole covers round?
You’ll learn about their level of practicality and foresight.
Asking some good get to know you questions are integral in forging strong working bonds. The hiring process is so much more about drawing in team members who vibe the same as you and promote the established company culture.
Here are 9 weird get to know you interview questions:
15. If you were a kitchen appliance, which kitchen appliance would you be and why?
A toaster gets to pop up when it’s finished toasting. The over is powerful enough to heat the whole room when left open.
16. If you were a car, what type would you be?
Does the candidate tend toward luxury, practicality, urbanity, or all-terrain?
17. What if someone asks you to join at “double” the pay we offer?
That is grounds for reassessing priorities.
18. How do you make an omelet?
Oops… they’re scrambled.
19. What is the one thing that you believe to be true that very few others do?
Familiarity with vetting questions weeds out squares and you want to know how they personally do it.
20. What are the qualities you like least and most in your parents?
How can they make what they like least sound graceful enough to be admitted at what’s still a job interview?
21. What’s your favorite cartoon and why?
Cartoons are life and require careful thought.
22. If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
Wouldn’t it be amazing if they named your two priorities exactly?
23. If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
This is all kinds of chances to reminisce about artificial flavors and childhood.
Ask a few personal questions to honestly assess how they new guy or gal fits in with the weird company culture that’s the secret weapon in your success.
Here are 12 personal interview questions:
24. “How would you describe the color green to a blind and deaf person?”
Be ready for something about nature, trees, money, and Kermit the frog.
25. If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?
Unleashed from responsibility, who are they?
26. If you had only 3 months left to live, what would you do with the time?
Potential of death makes everything clear.
27. You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?
Imaginative yet totally logical names for variations in the standard 8 colors are a definite sign of brilliance.
28. If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?
What needs cutting and into what shapes?
29. How would you rate your memory?
0 being nonexistent, 11 being extended to include past lives and the beginning of time.
30. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
What kind of host are they at home?
31. What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
Do they escape to it as a place to cry in addition to think? If they just tell you something like, “where they’re going next,” snore. Next please.
32. What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?
How do they do it alone?
33. If you could be anyone else, who would it be?
How do they see themselves in others?
34. If you could pick one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?
How cliche is sushi these days?
35. What about your grandma would make it good or bad to lend to her?
Who’s grandma was bad to the bone and they’re well aware of it?
Here are 10 interview questions for managers:
36. How would people communicate in a perfect world?
Telepathy is a big one, folks.
37. If you had to rate risk, client satisfaction, and accuracy, which would you say is most important and why?
How do the tables balance with a daredevil and a devil’s advocate on each side?
38. What song best describes your work ethic?
Note that we said “your work ethic.” Not simply “you.”
39. If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?
Prioritizing is an art.
40. Would you rather know a lot about a little or a little about a lot?
They’re both valuable assets and you’ll know how to pair them up with their opposite.
41. How would you direct someone else on how to cook an omelet?
Must there be an actual spatula involved or could they make one?
42. Integrity or authority?
The biggest question of the day.
43. Do you prefer to be right, or to be liked?
What do you learn from being both and neither?
44. Pretend you’re [our CEO], what three concerns about the firm’s future keep you up at night?
Ten points for being able to sleep well anyway and be charged up to handle it at a time more appropriate than the middle of the night.
45. In a crowded room discussing a problem, would you fit in? Why or why not?
That would depend on who the room is crowded with, right?
Sometimes meeting face to face is not possible and you’ll need some handy phone interview questions to aid your choices.
Here are 8 weird phone interview questions:
46. What kitchen utensil would you be?
Would they be sharp like knives or as deep as the biggest soup ladle?
47. Choose a city and estimate how many piano tuners operate a business there.
Numerology evokes all kinds of possibilities when people are randomly guessing numbers to candy in the jar type questions.
48. If you could be remembered for one sentence, what would it be?
Let’s carve it on your gravestone.
49. If You Were a Fruit, What Kind Would You Be and Why?
Perfectly pear-shaped or baked into some kind of pie?
50. What kind of people do you dislike?
Whether they joke about this or take it literally will be a gander.
51. Are your parents disappointed with your career aspirations?
What does it say about the candidate that they went for it anyway?
52. If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?
It’s another quick question to distill wisdom and priorities.
53. What is your least favorite thing about humanity?
How large-scale are you able to reflect on current issues?
Some weird hypothetical questions are sure to spice up the experience while simultaneously cutting to the core of how the candidate functions.
Here are 8 weird, hypothetical interview questions:
54. You are trapped on a life raft with a nun, an old man and a baby. There is only room for three of you, and you must decide who you throw off the raft. Who do you choose any why?
You’ll find out how they feel about piety and religion, among other things.
55. 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?
Is cut toe nails among them?
56. You are a head chef at a restaurant and your team has been selected to be on ‘Iron Chef.’ How do you prepare your team for the competition and how do you leverage the competition for your restaurant?
What’s their typical pep talk like?
57. If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ask them to demo a trademark dance move.
58. If aliens landed in front of you and, in exchange for anything you desire, offered you any position on their planet what would you want?
Hopefully, the candidate doesn’t just imagine earth all over again.
59. If two cars are travelling in a two lap race on a track of any length, one going 60 mph and the other going 30 mph, how fast will the slower car have to go to finish at the same time as the faster car?
Ugh math, or yay math?
60. If I had an airplane full of jelly beans and I wanted you to get them all out, but in a very sanitary way so I could still eat them, what would you do? You have 24 hours to do this, but you have unlimited funds.
The key here is sanitary and what that really means when the airplane floors themselves are questionably sanitary.
60. If you won the lottery, would you still work full-time or live a life of luxury?
Where do work and play merge? And how important is daily structure?
Be a positive model for your potential team members when it comes to curiosity and the inquiring mind with these.
Here are 8 weird but interesting interview questions:
61. How do I rate as an interviewer?
Wait until the end obviously, and you’re sure to get an honest answer as to whether the candidate felt a connection or not. And that may have nothing to do with what they tell you and everything to do with their body language and shock at having been asked this.
62. How many square feet of pizza are eaten in the U.S. each year?
Math and geometry, anyone? How about just a lot? And does frozen pizza count?
63. Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seat belt.
You might find out if they think of all the people who’s lives are saved when they are ejected from a burning vehicle because they evaded seat belt laws.
64. How many snow shovels sold in the U.S. last year?
Global warming has meant less snow. Answers vary by year.
65. How many cows are there in Canada?
And do they prefer bison and buffalo?
66. Estimate how many windows are in New York?
Does that include sliding glass doors too?
67. Calculate the angle of two clock pointers when the time is 11:50?
That would be an acute angle. The cleverest answer wins, not the most accurate. Or maybe the most numbingly flat and unclever.
68. How would you calculate the annual revenue of Alabama’s college football program?
As long as sports inflation is factored in, hire them.
69. How many people flew out of Chicago last year?
And what did they think of the airport? Was it a zoo?
70. How many children are born every day?
And how many of them were given a hyphenated last name to indicate that both their parents had legit careers and both won the bread?
Have some fun with these fun interview questions that nobody can rehearse any canned, mundane response to. So you’re guaranteed not to be bored and your candidates are guaranteed to be kept on their toes.
Here are 11 weird and fun interview questions:
71. Can you instruct someone how to make an origami ‘cootie catcher’ with just words?
Cooties are like theoretical cockroaches only they disappear when you try to squash them.
72. If a Hippo falls into a hole how would you get it out?
Where would they get a shovel and a crane large enough?
73. My wife and I are going on vacation, where would you recommend?
No islands please and better yet if there’s a nude beach.
74. Pick two celebrities to be your parents.
Will Farrell is available to be their mom.
75. What Will You Be Famous For?
Or rather, infamous for?
76. What Would Be Your Theme Song Every Time You Walk Into a Room?
Have them hum it, obviously.
77. Recite your resume by heart
Make sure they don’t use any nouns.
78. Do you prefer cats or dogs?
Or cats and dogs.
79. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
The dog that played Beethoven is available to audition.
80. What was the most traumatic experience to happen in your personal life?
Ready yourself for a tale of personal strength.
81. How would you teach an alien to ride a bike?
First, you would need to see if they had legs long enough to reach the pedals.
Sometimes our candidates are nervous. That’s normal. It’s a nice gesture to offer some ice breaker questions to get everyone loosened up.
Here are 10 weird ice breaker interview questions:
82. What country would you invest in? Why?
You can say America as long as you’re not investing actual money. Investments can come in the form of time and love and experience.
83. What would you do if the sun died out?
Freeze to death or find a way to bring in another sun from some other solar system?
84. How would you find out the number of cars passing through a busy bridge?
Extra points if their answer includes adding cars until the bridge falls down like London bridge. And what of the fair lady?
85. If you are a god what would you do to the world?
Or a goddess. All genders qualify.
86. Name five uses of a stapler without staples
What could you hide in there? And when would pretending to staple things be better than actually stapling?
87. Tell me something unusual about yourself.
How weird do they dare get?
88. A penguin walks through that door wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?’
Not a tuxedo. A wide-brimmed Mexican-inspired hat. Is this a climate change issue?
89. What do you consider to be the greater good?
what’s greater than just good good?
90. How would you explain Facebook to your grandma?
Pshaw, grandma explained Facebook to me.
91. What is your biggest regret in life?
Here are 10 weird but funny interview questions:
92. Do you like to sing in the bath?
Have them do a demo.
93. If you were a chair, what kind of chair would you be?
A folding chair? A beach chair? A recliner? The overstuffed one at grandma’s house?
94. How Do You Get an Elephant in a Fridge?
Are they thinking about the size of the elephant or the size of the fridge needed?
95. What’s Your Favorite 90s Jam?
Backstreet Boys or Bone Thugs’n’Harmony?
96. Who Is Your Favorite Disney Princess?
What about Disney Villain since you’re talking about it?
97. Tell Me a Joke…
No need to stay appropriate.
98. If you were a bicycle, what part would you be?
The chain or the spokes?
99. How do you weigh an elephant without using scales?
Does it involve lifting the elephant or comparing them in size to your car?
100. What would I find in your refrigerator?
Is it expired?
101. If you could speak to one type of animal, what would it be?
Maybe they speak to all animals.
Here are 10 weird but unique interview questions:
102. Tell me 20 unique selling points about this BIC pen
Finding unique things in the most mundane circumstances shows us their mettle.
103. Have you ever stolen a pen from work?
Doing work at home doesn’t make it stealing.
104. How would you value this building?
See if they immediately think you’re talking about monetary value.
105. If you had a machine that produced $100 dollars for life what would you be willing to pay for it today?
Let’s not talk about whether the bills are counterfeit.
106. If You Had Three Minutes Alone in the Lift With the CEO What Would You Say?
Would be a question or a comment or a command?
107. What information is important about the sale of one pencil?
Who buys one pencil at a time?
108. You Discover A Beautiful Island Upon Which You May Build Your Own Society. You Make The Rules. What Is The First Rule You Put Into Place?
Is it an affirmative or a negative rule?
109. You Have Been Given The Opportunity To Create The Half-Hour TV Show Of Your Own Design. What Is It Called And What’s The Premise?
How about Full House again only with different people?
110. Name The Top Five Things To Take With You During A Zombie Outbreak.
What about the five things you should leave behind because they attract zombies?
111. How Would You Quickly Dispose Of A Dead Body In A Hotel Room?
There would be no escaping the room until it’s “disposed of.”
Sometimes interviews go in groups. You get to observe their group dynamic all together. You get to see how they play off each other with these group interview questions.
Here are 8 weird group interview questions:
112. Given a chance, would you sabotage a colleague’s career to climb up the ladder?
This is a matter of ethics and we truly do hope they wouldn’t. Everything lies in the why.
113. Walk me through how you would build a model to value members of the team.
Motivation and affirmation and seeing each member deeply for what they’re bringing to the table is a special responsibility.
114. If I was talking to your best friend, what is one thing they would say you need to work on?
Your best friend would hopefully be very honest without throwing you under the bus.
115. How would you work together in fitting an Hippopotamus in a fridge?
Okay, you need to get him onto the top shelf only.
116. How would you work together in fitting the giraffe in the same fridge where the Hippopotamus been?
The giraffe could overflow into the shelves on the door since it’s so big and all.
117. What do you consider to be the greater good in a team?
Being able to see the value in even the most challenging group situations requires great strength.
118. How would you work as a team? An ant or bees?
Ants and bees are extraordinary examples of the hive mine getting it all done in perfect unity. Don’t knock the insects.
119. Today is Halloween, how would surprise your team?
Costumes or candy?
Not all weird interview questions are ideal for all situations.
Here is how to pick the best weird interview questions:
1. Questions should reflect relevant work challenges
Even though you’re asking about something ridiculous on the surface, you’re mining for deeper meaning in their figurative answers. Even if you’re talking about a family of bears who live in a tree, the bears are representative of real people in different roles.
2. Interview questions weren’t always personal
In times past, work didn’t mix with play. Personal questions were considered invasions of privacy. It’s only with recent cultural developments that professionals are relating to each other more casually. Use your best judgment as to whether a candidate taking offense (often due to generational or cultural differences) is not worth the deeper connection you would otherwise form.
More Great Questions To Ask
There are more questions where those came from. Being able to take up your end of a connection and maintain it and build on it and expand on it are rewarding life skills. Here are some additional lists to help you:
- Never run out of things to say with these terrific conversation topics.
- These conversation starters will breathe new life into even the most awkward situations.
- When you’re ready to level up past the small talk and really get down to the business of knowing another, you’ll need this great list of deep questions.
Weird interview questions are a great way to promote closer, more personal company culture and really get to know your potential candidates on a deep level.
They are ideal for getting past the mundane, standard inquiries. They keep the vibe high so you attract only the most confident, creative, and competent individuals possible.