Job interviews are tough, no matter what questions the interviewer asks. But interview questions like these are almost certain to throw job seekers for a loop. Oddball questions may seem to have nothing to do with an open job position, but companies are asking these types of brainteaser questions to determine a candidate’s ability to think on their feet, think critically, problem solve, and effectively talk through a response.
Keep in mind that there aren’t always right or wrong answers to these questions, but they can still be tricky. Here are a few tips to help you respond to four oddball interview questions.
This question is asked at Google. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have advanced agricultural knowledge or start pounding out math equations. Simply think of a creative way to respond without crossing the line into a lack of professionalism.
One job seeker said she’d answer this question with, “Enough to make sure we have enough cheese and milk!” Just remember, if you’re stumped on any interview question, the last thing you want to say is “I don’t know.”
This one’s asked at JetBlue. Remember — avoid saying “I don’t know!” You don’t need to answer with a number, just a response that’s interesting and shows your ability to think on your feet. This question may be asked to test your problem-solving abilities, but more likely, these types of odd questions help interviewers determine cultural fit. So whatever you do, don’t start sweating it — just let your personality show.
This one’s asked at Clark Construction Group. Amanda Lachapelle, director of HR and talent acquisition for Glassdoor, says, "My penguin is going to come in the door and say, 'You should hire Amanda — she's organized and she has her stuff together. You want her to lead your team.’” And the sombrero? “He had a margarita before he came in!" These questions determine if you fit the company culture — so don’t be afraid to be funny!
Asked at Dell, this question allows tons of room for creativity. Remember, if you’re thrown off, take a second to collect your thoughts before answering. It’s better to give a clever and creative response than to brush it off, stammer, or otherwise show that you’re nervous.
Some creative responses to this question? "'I'm a Rolling Stone,' because I take it as it comes!" one man said in this video. Another woman chose "She Works Hard for the Money!"
Remember, if an interviewer asks you a wacky question, try not to get knocked off your feet. The point of such questions is to see if you can keep it cool under pressure, so don’t be afraid to answer in a creative way. You want to make the interviewer remember you, and these types of oddball questions offer a great opportunity to do so.