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100 weird questions asked in a job interview: Part 1

By Anthony Hughes | Mar 28, 2014 | Candidate Tips

As a man of nearly 40, I’ve had quite a few interviews over the years with varying levels of success.

Random interview question: sell me this glass of waterAnd the interviews that always live long in the memory are those where I am asked those weird questions that come out of nowhere and the ones that I couldn’t have possibly prepared for.

Although we probably don’t realise it at the time, there is usually a good reason why we get asked something that seems completely irrelevant.

The examples below are questions that have been genuinely asked in interviews down the years.  You can either try and understand what the interviewer was trying to achieve with each question,  or just enjoy the bizarre nature of each one.  The first 50 are below and the link to the second 50 is underneath the list. Enjoy!

Weird Questions: 1, What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?

Weird Questions: 2, Which super power would you like to have and why?

Weird Questions: 3, If you were a bicycle, what part would you be?

Weird Questions: 4, If you were a t-shirt, what colour would you be and why?

Weird Questions: 5, Do you prefer cats or dogs?

Weird Questions: 6, Explain to me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years

Weird Questions: 7, If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Weird Questions: 8, Tell me about the worst boss you ever had.

Weird Questions: 9, Sing a song that best describes you.

Weird Questions: 10, 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?

Weird Questions: 11, Can you tell me a joke?

Weird Questions: 12, If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

Weird Questions: 13,  On a scale of 1 to 10 how happy are you?

Weird Questions: 14, If you could be Batman or Robin, which one would you be?

Weird Questions: 15, How do you weigh an elephant without using scales?

Weird Questions: 16, You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?

Weird Questions: 17, If you saw someone steal a tin of beans in Ssinsburys, would you report it?

Weird Questions: 18, If you are a god what would you do to the world?

Weird Questions: 19, What are five uncommon uses of a brick, not including building, layering, or a paperweight?

Weird Questions: 20, 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?

Weird Questions: 21, What will you do if you have a time machine?

Weird Questions: 22, What makes you angry?

Weird Questions: 23, What would I find in your refrigerator?

Weird Questions: 24, How would you react if you are transformed into a fish?

Weird Questions: 25, How would you describe yourself in three words?

Weird Questions: 26, What video games do you play?

Weird Questions: 27, What was the last book you read?

Weird Questions: 28, Who would win a battle between a ninja and a pirate?

Weird Questions: 29, Who do you like the best, your mum or your dad?

Weird Questions: 30, What were the causes of the First World War?

Weird Questions: 31, Tell me about your recent travelling experience.

Weird Questions: 32, If you could speak to one type of animal, what would it be?

Weird Questions: 33, What will you do if you have a time machine?

Weird Questions: 34,  How many light bulbs are in this building?

Weird Questions: 35, How would you measure 9 minutes using only a 4 minute and 7 minute hourglass?

Weird Questions: 36, What kind of people do you dislike?

Weird Questions: 37, Can you describe an atom?

Weird Questions: 38, If you were an animal/a can of soup/some other random object, which one would you be?

Weird Questions: 39, Are your parents disappointed with your career aspirations?

Weird Questions: 40, What is the temperature when it’s twice as cold as zero degrees?

Weird Questions: 41, Do you like Jerry or Tom?

Weird Questions: 42, How many times a day do a clock’s hands overlap?

Weird Questions: 42, Who do you like the best, your mum or your dad?

Random interview question: Who do you like best, your mom or your dad?Weird Questions: 43, If both a taxi and a limo were priced the exact same, which one would you choose?

Weird Questions: 44, What was the most traumatic experience to happen in your personal life?

Weird Questions: 45, Is a Jaffa cake a biscuit or cake?

Weird Questions: 46, What would I find in your fridge right now?

Weird Questions: 47, If I put you in a sealed room with a phone that had no dial tone, how would you fix it?

Weird Questions: 48, An apple costs 20 pence, an orange costs 40 pence, and a banana costs 60 pence, how much is a pear?

Weird Questions: 49, Why are manhole covers round?

Weird Questions: 50, How many balloons would fit in this room?

Thanks for reading.  To read the second 50 set of questions please click here.

- Anthony Hughes

Anthony Hughes

Anthony is a recruitment veteran of 18 years and is also one of the original founders of Coburg Banks. He now trains recruitment consultants on the best methods to utilise when sourcing and assessing applicants for their clients. 


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