Chief Executive Officer Cheeky Scientist
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In this week’s episode…
- You’ll learn what quirky interview questions are
- Next, you’ll some of the most common quirky questions asked and why
- Finally, you’ll learn how to approach these questions in an interview
What’s your favorite hot sauce? I remember an employer asking me that to this day. It was over 10 years ago. I had no answer. I froze. I didn’t use hot sauce. Maybe at a restaurant or bbq I’d have some tabasco but I couldn’t say that. This question must be coming from a hot sauce connoisseur. I froze and laughed stupidly.
This is what quirky interview questions are designed to do. Catch you off guard for fun to see if you’re creative and to show your personality. But they’re also used to test your communication and problem solving skills.
These questions may not have a right or wrong answer but are intended to reveal your overall thought process. Here are some examples of quirky interview questions:
If you were a kitchen utensil, what kind of utensil would you be and why? This question assesses creativity and the ability to think metaphorically.
How many ping pong balls can fit in a school bus? This is often used to evaluate your estimation and problem-solving skills. The focus is on the approach taken to arrive at a reasonable answer.
What’s your spirit animal, and why? This question can reveal your personality traits and how they relate to an animal as a metaphor.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you? Assessing your problem-solving abilities and their ability to prioritize needs in a challenging situation.
If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would it be, and what would you ask them? This question evaluates your interest in history, critical thinking, and the ability to formulate insightful answers.
How would you explain a complex technical concept to a non-technical audience? This assesses your communication skills and your ability to simplify complex information.
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be, and how would you use it to benefit the company? This evaluates creativity, problem-solving, and your alignment with the company’s goals.
What’s the last book you read, and how did it impact you? This question explores your reading habits, interests, and ability to reflect on personal growth.
What’s your favorite board game, and what strategies do you use to win? This question assesses your competitiveness, strategic thinking, and ability to work well in a team.
If you could be any fictional character for a day, who would you choose, and why? This question delves into your imagination and reveals which qualities or traits they admire in a fictional character.
What’s the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had, and what did you learn from it? This question assesses your adaptability and the ability to extract valuable lessons from unique experiences.
If you could travel back in time and change one event in history, what would it be, and why? This question explores your knowledge of history, ethical considerations, and critical thinking.
While these quirky interview questions can catch you off guard, they also provide an opportunity to showcase creativity, problem-solving skills, and personality traits that might not be evident through traditional interview questions. You should approach these questions with authenticity and use them as a chance to demonstrate your unique qualities and abilities.