Unusual Interview Questions

Question Intent
Employees who communicate concerns quickly, effectively and concisely are considered a benefit to an organization. In surveys completed with employers communication skills are always highly rated.

Answer Tips
From the question you can infer that the employer would like you to bring your concerns forward. Share the strategies that you would consider; where, when, and how you would broach the topic, the details that you would provide and possible solutions that you could suggest.
In your answer it is important to recognize that each organization might have it's own communication processes and expectations that you would try to emulate.

Questions

·  If hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you ?
·  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 ?
·  If you were a car, what kind would you be and what color?
·  If you could be any animal in the jungle what it would be ?
·  If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why ?
·  If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be ?
·  What was the last book you read? Movie you saw? Sporting event you attended?
·  If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be ?
·  If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be ?
·  In the news story about your life, what would the headline say ?
·  If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all you human needs - such as food and water - were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you ?
·  If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time ?
·  If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be and why ?
·  If you could invite three people, living or dead, to a dinner party,who would they be, and why ?
·  If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be ?
·  If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have ?
·  If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money ?
·  What would you do with your life if money was not a concern?
·  How much do you expect if we offer this position to you?
·  If you were the interviewer, how would you interview me?
·  How would you evaluate me as an interviewer?
·  Who do you admire the most and why?
·  Do you believe in Leprechauns ?
·  If you were on a merry-go-around, what song would be playing ? If you were going to be an animal on the merry-go-around, what would you be your total attention and focus.
·  How many golfballs does it take to fill a 747 ?
·  How many gas stations are there in the United States ?
·  How many cars are there in Canada ?
·  How many babies' nappies were used in United Kingdom last year?
·  What is the size of markets for disposable diapers in China?
·  Calculate the number of degrees between the hour and minute hands of an analog clock that reads 3:15
·  Why are manhole covers round ?
·  If a bear walks one mile south, turns left and walks one mile to the east and then turns left again and walks one mile north and arrives ar its original position, what is the color of the bear?
·  Given a rectangular (cuboidal for the puritans) cake with a rectangular piece removed ( any size or orientation), how would you cut the remainder of the cake into two equal halves with one straight cut of a knife ?
·  There are 3 baskets. One of them have apples, one has oranges only and the other has mixture of apples and oranges. The labels on their baskets always lie.( ie. If the label says oranges, you are sure that it doesn't have oranges only, it could be mixture) The task is to pick one basket and pick only one fruit from it and then correctly label all the three baskets.
·  You have 8 balls. One of them is defective and weighs less than others. You have a balance to measure balls against each other. In 2 weighings how do you find the defective one ?
·  You've got someone working for you for 7 days and a gold bar to pay them. The gold bar is segmented into 7 connected pieces. You must give them a piece of gold at the end of every day. If you are only allowed to make two breaks in the gold bar, how do you pay your worker ?
·  One train leaves LA at 15 mph heading for NY. Another train leaves from NY at 20 mph heading for LA on the same track. If a bird, flying at 25 mph, leaves from LA at the same time as the train and flies back and forth between the two trains until they collide, how far will the birds traveled?
·  You have 2 jars, 50 red marbles and 50 blue marbles. A jar will be picked at random, and then a marble will be picked from the jar, how can you maximized the chances of a red marble being picked ? What are the exact odds of getting a red marble using your scheme ?
·  Imagine you are standing in front of a mirror, facing it. Raise your left hand. Raise your right hand. Look at your reflection. When you raise your left hand your reflection raises what appears to be his right hand. But when you tilt your head up, your reflection does too, and does not appear to tilt his/her head down. Why is it that the mirror appears to reverse left and right, but not up and down?
·  You have 5 jars of pills. Each pill weighs 10 gram, except for contaminated pills contained in one jar, where each pill weighs 9 gm. Given a scale, how could you tell which jar had the contaminated pills in just one measurement?
·  If you had an infinite supply of water and a 5 quart and 3 quart pail, how would you measure exactly 4 quarts?
·  You have a bucket of jelly beans. Some are red, some are blue, and some green. With your eyes closed, pick out 2 of a like color. How many do you have to grab to be sure you have 2 of the same?
·  Which way should the key turn in a car door to unlock it?
·  There are four dogs/ants/people at four corners of a square of unit distance. At the same instant all of them start running with unit speed towards the person on their clockwise direction and will always run towards that target. How long does it take for them to meet and where?
·  See this pen, you have 5 minutes to sell it to me.
·  Are you nervous?
·  What's the worst mistake you made at a previous employer?
·  What is the meaning of life?
·  Will you be out to take your boss' job?
·  Why should I hire an outsider when I could fill the job with someone inside the company?
·  If you had an infinite supply of water and a 5 quart and 3 quart pail, how would you measure exactly 4 quarts?
·  Your application shows you have been with one company a long time without any appreciable increase in rank or salary. Tell me about this.
·  Would you be willing to take a pay decrease?
·  What is the worst thing you have heard about our company?
·  What kinds of people do you find it difficult to work with?
·  How would you evaluate your present firm?
·  What are some of the things you find difficult to do?
·  What interests you least about this job?
·  How do you handle rejection?
·  Do you like to be praised? Why?
·  Do you like to be criticized? Why?
·  (for mature students) How do you feel about working with colleagues who may be much younger than you?
·  How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?
·  How would you describe the essense of success? According to your definition, how successful have you been so far?
·  If you were offered this job, what factors will dictate whether you accept it or not?
·  Why do you believe you were made redundant in your previous position?
·  Imagine this situation. Your boss asks you to do something which you believe will cause a great loss to company. You make the boss aware of the problem but he still insists that he is correct and asks you to just do it. What do you do?
·  Did you have trouble finding us?

·  One train leaves LA at 15 mph heading for NY. Another train leaves from NY at 20 mph heading for LA on the same track. If a bird, flying at 25 mph, leaves from LA at the same time as the train and flies back and forth between the two trains until they collide, how far will the birds traveled?
·  You have 2 jars, 50 red marbles and 50 blue marbles. A jar will be picked at random, and then a marble will be picked from the jar, how can you maximized the chances of a red marble being picked ? What are the exact odds of getting a red marble using your scheme ?
·  Imagine you are standing in front of a mirror, facing it. Raise your left hand. Raise your right hand. Look at your reflection. When you raise your left hand your reflection raises what appears to be his right hand. But when you tilt your head up, your reflection does too, and does not appear to tilt his/her head down. Why is it that the mirror appears to reverse left and right, but not up and down?
·  What is the meaning of life?
·  Would you like to have your boss's job?
·  Why should I hire an outsider when I could fill the job with someone inside the company?
·  Why were you out of work for so long?
·  Would you be willing to take a pay decrease?
·  What is the worst thing you have heard about our company?
·  What kinds of people do you find it difficult to work with?
·  How would you evaluate your present firm?
·  What are some of the things you find difficult to do?
·  What interests you least about this job?
·  How do you handle rejection?
·  How would you describe the essense of success? According to your definition, how successful have you been so far?
·  If you were offered this job, what factors will dictate whether you accept it or not?
·  Imagine this situation. Your boss asks you to do something which you believe will cause a great loss to company. You make the boss aware of the problem but he still insists that he is correct and asks you to just do it. What do you do?
·  What type of animal best describes you?
·  If you are on a boat and you throw out a suitcase, will the level of water increase?
·  How would you weigh a plane without using scales?
·  If you were a kitchen utensil, which one would you be?
·  Why you haven't found a appropriate job yet?
·  If you had an elephant, where would you hide it?
·  What is the most controversial decision you have made in your life? Explain how you arrived at the decision and its outcome.
·  If you could be anything from the fridge, what would you be?
·  What animal would best describe you?
·  If I was a genie and I could grant you one wish, what would you wish for?"
·  How many ways can you use a paperclip?
·  If you were given a pin, name three things that you can do with it.
·  Do you believe in aliens?
·  If you could be any fruit, what fruit would you be and why?
·  What are you most afraid of?
·  Do you like exercise?
·  If you were a computer, would you rather have your RAM or CPU increased? At any given time only one can be chosen.
·  How do you put an elephant into a washing machine?  Then, how do you put a girraffe into the washer?
·  Why do the curtains in a house on a hot day near an open window blow out the window?
·  Give an example of 2 statements that can't both be true but can be both false, and 2 statements that can't be both true and can't both be false.