Odd Questions You Never See Coming In Interviews

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When you get a call to that attend an interview for a position you applied, preparation for the interview is key. One way to prepare is going through some of the common interview questions likely to be asked. While you still expect some specific questions outside the common questions, especially if you are in a specialised industry, nothing quite prepares you for random odd questions. They just pop out of nowhere. You could have just finished explaining how a certain concept works in your field, then out of nowhere the interviewer asks you, “If you were an insect, what would you be?”. You look at them stunned, trying so hard to control your face so you don’t look rude. How does whether you are a fly or a tick have to do with how you will save their sinking finances?

Why do interviewers ask odd questions though?

Well, interviewers know that you have probably gone through some common questions and you have an idea of how the session will go. Odd questions are to gauge how fast you can think on your feet, remain within professional relevance and maybe tie the answer with the role you are interviewing for.

Top 10 Weird Interview Questions

  1. If I gave you a mic and an audience right now, which song can you sing to the last lyric word for word?

2. What do you think is the colour of success?

3. Do you consider yourself a hunter or gatherer?

4. How many balls can fit in this room (the room you’re in or another)

5. Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?

6. What superpower would you choose between flying and being invisible?

7. If you had the power to bring back one dead celebrity, who would it be?

8. If you were left on an island and had the option of having 3 items, what would they be?

9. If you died today, what would you like written on your epitaph?

10. If you were a fruit, what would you be?

11. How many car wash establishments would be needed to clean all cars in Nairobi?

12. If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?

13. If you were a colour, what would you be?

14. When did you last buy a gift for someone?

15. What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you recently

How to Answer an Odd Interview Question

When asked an odd question during an interview, don’t panic. Here is how to tackle them;

Be Ready

While going through common questions asked in interviews, go through odd, bizarre and weird questions as well. Awareness is the best form of preparation. While you might not have answers for all imaginable odd questions, you will at least know of their existence and understand that they could be asked. You will not be so shocked when it actually happens.

Always have a follow-up explanation

Usually, there are no right or wrong answers to odd questions. The interviewers merely want to get an idea of how your mind works and how good your critical and analytical skills are. So when you give an answer, be ready to explain your thinking.

Maintain a calm outlook

The worst thing you can do, even when you can’t find an answer, is to panic and let it show in your voice or body language. The art of remaining calm comes with experience, so give yourself time and continue practising till you perfect it.

Buy time when blank

When hit with an odd question that you had completely not considered, buy yourself some time. Instead of the awkward elongated silence, say something like, “That’s an interesting question. What animal in the jungle I consider myself…mmmhhh” Then give your answer.

Tie it back to the role

This might be tricky but always think about the role you are interviewing for. Most of the time, interviewers ask questions related to the position in question. Therefore, your answer should demonstrate a skill, quality or attribute related to the job or company. For example, when asked what is the colour of money and you are interviewing for an accounts position, you can say, “Green – because the company will be making profits. Green also signifies growth and richness.

Ask to answer later

If your mind is completely blank and a question caught you flat-footed, you might ask the interviewer to postpone your reply to another time within the session. You can think about it as the interview progresses and give your answer towards the end.

 

Doreen Mueke
Doreen is the Senior Content Marketer at Ringier One Africa Media.