The 10 Weirdest Interview Questions of 2015

interview questionsJust when job candidates are prepared for interviews, here come the interview zingers – curve ball questions that throw you off your normal interview trajectory and make you say, “Wait, what?”

Most of the time, oddball interview questions aren’t meant to derail you; they’re intended to make you think creatively or to capture some aspect of your personality, as opposed to the rehearsed answers for out-of-date questions like “What’s your greatest strength?” or “What’s your biggest weakness?”

“We’re seeing tougher and more unexpected questions asked for a variety of positions and variety of industries,” said Scott Dobroski, associate director of corporate communications at Glassdoor, which compiled a list of the top 10 oddball interview questions from the 250,000 interview questions members post to its site. “Employers are looking to test a candidate’s critical thinking skills, as well as how they problem-solve on the spot and how they handle an unexpected challenge.”

If a hiring manager asks you one of the 10 weirdest interview questions below – or one entirely new – answer it thoughtfully, respectfully and thoroughly, with more than a one-word answer.

  1. “What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?” Asked at Airbnb
  2. “What’s your favorite ’90s jam?” Asked at Squarespace
  3. “If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?” – Asked at Dropbox
  4. “Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman?” Asked at Stanford University
  5. “If you had a machine that produced $100 dollars for life, what would you be willing to pay for it today?” – Asked at Aksia
  6. “What did you have for breakfast?” Asked at Banana Republic
  7. “Describe the color yellow to somebody who’s blind.” Asked at Spirit Airlines
  8. “If you were asked to unload a 747 full of jelly beans, what would you do?”Asked at Bose
  9. “How many people flew out of Chicago last year?” Asked at Redbox
  10. “What’s your favorite Disney Princess?” Asked at Cold Stone Creamery

Have you ever been asked an oddball interview question? Share it with us in the comments section below (but spare the company name, please).

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