I get some pretty random emails sometimes; some I’ve subscribed to and some that I haven’t. One that I have subscribed to is Glassdoor. I generally open these emails, browse through, and usually just delete them because they aren’t all that interesting to me. But today was the exception. I open my email and see the title The Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2013. Yup, this piqued my interest. So, I decided to take a look…and I must say that I was not disappointed. Some of these I can see being asked in an interview; however, some are either just over the top ridiculous, or I can see the potential of not getting hired if answered in any way other than how the interviewer wants you to.
Here are just a few of the questions that have been included (and what my comments about the questions after):
What do you think about when you are alone in your car? (Does anyone need or even really want to know this? Hhhhmmmm…)
How do you make a tuna sandwich? (Unless this is a job where you have to give detailed instruction, then I don’t see the point in this one)
Estimate how many windows are in New York. (Seriously? What does this have to do with anything??)
What’s your favorite song? Perform it for us now. (WTH?? Is this American Idol? I thought I was interviewing for a job?)
What kitchen utensil would you be? (A knife, of course!)
On a scale from one to ten, rate me as an interviewer. (Who, in their right mind, would say anything other than TEN??)
If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why? (A bit controversial, don’t you think??)
How many cows are in Canada? (Hhhhmmm…hold on, let me pull up Google…WTH??)
A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here? (Ok, I think it’s about time for you to go see a shrink…your hallucinations are flowing into your work life…)
This is not an all-inclusive list, but I thought these were the funniest ones. Although, if I were to be seriously asked any of these questions in an interview I’d probably just get up and walk out if the interviewer didn’t start laughing hysterically after a few seconds. I think that there should be humor in an interview to just break up the tension and nervousness, but some of these are just a little far-fetched.
What kind of questions do you think are appropriate and what do think just shouldn’t be asked?