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25 Oddball Interview Questions

October 23, 2014

oddballWhat is the most off-the-wall interview question you’ve ever asked, or been asked? Each year, Glassdoor compiles a list of the Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions. Some of the questions, and answers, might surprise you.

Here are Glassdoor’s Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2014 and some of the best answers provided.

Glassdoor’s Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2014

1. “If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office what type of parade would it be?” --The Zappos Family

Best Answer: “The one from Ferris Bueller's Day Off”

2. "How lucky are you and why?" --Airbnb

Best Answer: “I'm so lucky that life led me to this interview opportunity!”

3. "If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors?" --Apple

Best Answer: “It would keep me from running.”

4. "If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?" --Red Frog Events

Best Answer: “Theme song to 'Mission Impossible'”

5. "Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer ?" --Dell

Best Answer: “I'm a gatherer of new ideas and a hunter of old obsolete ones.”

6. "If you were on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would you bring?” --Yahoo

Best Answer: “Water, fire, and music.”

7. "If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?" --Bed Bath & Beyond

Best Answer: “Chances are, I'd be cardboard. Because that is what cereal boxes are typically made of.”

8. "Do you believe in Big Foot?” --Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Answer: “I am inclined to say no but I am pretty hairy and have big feet.”

9. "Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?" --Xerox

Best Answer: “To make them cuter.”

10. "What is your least favorite thing about humanity?" --ZocDoc

Best Answer: “Inane interview questions”

11. "How would you use Yelp to find the number of businesses in the US?" --Factual

Best Answer: “Ask Siri”

12. "How honest are you?" -- Allied Telesis

Best Answer: “100% honest, only lied once in my life.-Now”

13. "How many square feet of pizza is eaten in the US each year?" --Goldman Sachs

Best Answer: “All of them.”

14. "Can you instruct someone how to make an origami "cootie catcher" with just words?" --Living Social

Best Answer: “Step one: find a 7 year old girl. Step Two: ask them.”

15. "If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?" --McKinsey & Company

Best Answer: “Get off my lawn!”

16. "You're a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?" --Urban Outfitters

Best Answer: “I can be any color, I just want to be sharp.”

17. "How does the internet work?" --Akamai

Best Answer: “Hamster wheels”

18. "If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why?” --Single Platform

Best Answer: “Steve Martin would make me look good so he will do”

19. "What's the color of money?” --American Heart Association

Best Answer: “An 80's movie about Pool hustlers staring Paul Newman and Tom Cruise.”

20. "What was the last gift you gave someone?" --Gallup

Best Answer: “This very moment. The gift of my company. Please pick me.”

21. "What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?" --Applebee’s

Best Answer: “When applying for a pizza delivery person, one question was how I could benefit from scissors.”

22. "How many snow shovels sold in the US last year?" --TASER

Best Answer: “None. I have yet to meet a snow shovel capable of selling anything.”

23. "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

Best Answer: “Why do I need visa to get into Canada?”

24. “Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt." --Active Network

Best Answer: “Process: First & Foremost sit yourself & take the buckle round your stomach & securely lock it into the socket. Benefits: chances of death & severe injury is drastically low.”

25. "Have you ever been on a boat?” --Applied Systems

Best Answer: “Yes I have, unfortunately there was a tiger on it. Fortunately I sold the movie rights”

Source: Glassdoor

Small Business Hiring Resources:

Recruiting for Your Small Business: 4 Interview Don'ts

Small Business Tips for Interviewing Candidates

Small Biz Tips for Social Media Recruiting

5 Easy Tips for Hiring the Best Employees

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