“Tell us more about yourself”, “Why would you like to work for us?”, “What can you contribute to the company?” – These are but few of the many questions usually asked when you go to a job interview. Such questions are so common and mundane that you can have a single fixed answer for each one of them.
However, some interviewers don’t like throwing the same predictable inquiries over and over again. Instead, they have chosen to get creative and ask questions that not even the best pageant contestants can prepare for. Here are some of these queer queries that range from the unorthodox-but-sensible to the headache-inducing absurd.
“If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?” – Asked at Bed Bath & Beyond
If you’re the type who skips breakfast or prefers bread, oats, or rice, then don’t expect to be accepted. But seriously though, if you’re stuck for an answer, just choose Koko Krunch because you might just poof and become a bowl of chocolate after hearing this question.
“Can you instruct someone how to make an origami ‘cootie catcher’ with just words?” – Asked at Living Social
The only safe answer to this? “Well Sir/Ma’am, if the person I am to instruct knows basic origami, has excellent visualization skills, and can flawlessly follow commands, then I might just be able to come up with such an object through the power of teamwork and vocabulary.” If you’re able to deliver this line with utmost confidence, then you should be one step closer to that job, buddy.
“If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why?” – Asked at Living Social
This is more like a question from an app instead of a formal interview. Still, be wary when you answer this even though it seems that they’re simply judging your taste in movies and celebrities. They say that you can tell a lot about a person by their favorite movie. So tell me, would you really hire someone who get his life’s inspiration from the mind-numbing, soul-sucking brain-draining Transformers Series?
“Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?” – Asked at Dell
Last time you checked, we’re no longer in the Stone Age. But you have to answer this ancient question, unless you want your chance of working in a technology-based company get dashed against the rocks. Choose the latter – it has less occupational hazards.
“You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?” – Asked at Urban Outfitters
If you’re a logical person, you’d first ask about the capacity of the box as it is what determines the colors that will be included in it. Should you answer ‘fuchsia’ be ready to spell it out for the interviewer. But seriously, don’t just go for a random color. Choose one that somehow represents one of your traits. For example, you can answer with the color green since you like to travel and be one with nature.
“Do you believe in Big Foot?” – Asked at Norwegian Cruise Line
This is a very important existential question. Some say there are evidences of Big Foot while the rest say they’re hoaxes. Maybe the interviewer wants to find out if you’re an optimist or realist. Or maybe he simply just want to mess with you and see how you’d react. Doesn’t matter. The secret is to be sincere and treat each question seriously.
Truth is, you can never be fully prepared for a job interview, but one’s things for sure though: if you really have what it takes to excel at the position you’re aiming for, you’ll get it one way or another. So stay positive and keep applying and learning. You’ll land your dream job sooner or later.