When you’re scheduled for a job interview, you, of course, prepare for the questions you’re probably going to be asked. That means boning up on your academic and work history, on what you did and what you know, and how you’d solve potential problems at work.
But sometimes the interviewer may then just ask a weird question that may catch you off your guard. These are questions like “What kind of a tree are you” which Barbara Walters notoriously asked of Katherine Hepburn during a TV interview. Walters was often mocked for asking such a question, but you really don’t want to display such a reaction when your job interviewer asks you a similar question.
In some cases, you can expect just about the strangest questions. Some may come out of the left field and seemingly totally irrelevant. Here are some examples:
These questions may seem nonsensical, but often there are reasons for hiring managers to ask these questions. They want to see how you react when you’re faced with the unexpected. They want to see if you can be creative and logical in the face of the absurd. Often, your answers reveal a part of your personality that you may not have shown in your cover letter and resume.
What you don’t want to do is to act flustered and to blurt “I don’t know.” That’s not going to cut it. Smile, and then think it through. Ask questions for clarification. For example, if you’re to fit an elephant into a freezer you may want to ask if it’s a baby elephant and if you can get a large freezer.
This is actually the fun part of the interview, and so you ought to have some fun yourself. Answer as best you can, and give reasons for your answers. Smile when you do so. This is your chance to stand out, and you may as well give a memorable response.
Also, check out these 5 Things You Should Know About a Company Before You Apply