Offbeat Interview Questions


One of the best ways to test the thinking skills, creativity skills and responding skills of candidates are to ask them some offbeat questions when you interview them.

Here is a list which you may like to try out.  The name of the company where they were asked is in brackets.

  1. What do you think about when you are alone in your car? (Gallup)
  2. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea.  What is it? (Amazon)
  3. What song best describes your work ethic? (Dell)
  4. How many cows are there in Canada? (Google)
  5. Can you say, “Peter Pepper pickled a pickled pepper” and cross-sell a washing machine at the same time? (MasterCard)
  6. How would you rate your memory? (Marriot)
  7. Name three Nobel prize winners. (BenefitsConnect)
  8. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us? (TraderJoe’s)
  9. How would people communicate in a perfect world? (Novell)
  10. How do you make a tuna sandwich? (Astron Consulting)
  11. My wife and I are going on vacation, where would you recommend? (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  12. You are the head chef at a restaurant and your team has been selected to be on Iron chef.
    How would you prepare for the competition and how would you leverage it for your restaurant? (Accenture)
  13. Estimate how many windows are in New York. (Bain & Company)
  14. What’s your favourite song?  Perform it for us now (LivingSocial)
  15. When the time is 11.50, what is the angle formed by the two hands of the clock? (Bank of America)
  16. Have you ever stolen a pen from work? (Jiffy Software)
  17. Pick two celebrities to be your parents (Urban Outfitters)
  18. What kitchen utensil would you be (
  19. If you had turned your mobile phone to silent and it rang despite being on silent, what would you tell me? (Kimberly-Clark)
  20. How would you direct someone else on how to cook at omelette? (Petco)
  21. If you could be anyone else, who would it be? (
  22. On a scale from one to 10, rate me as an interviewer. (Kraft Foods)
  23. If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out? (Goldman Sachs)
  24. Explain to me what has happened in this country during the past 10 years (Boston Consulting)
  25. What is the philosophy of martial arts? (Aflac)
  26. Rate how weird you are on a scale of one to 10 (Capital One)
  27. How many basketballs can you fit in this room? (Google)
  28. What do wood and alcohol have in common! (Guardsmark)
  29. How would you weigh an elephant without using a weighing machine? (IBM)
  30. What is the square root of 2000? (Guardsmark)
  31. What would you do if you inherited a pizzeria from your uncle? (Volkswagen)
  32. If you could be any superhero, who would you be? (AT & T)
  33. What three things are important to you?  Why?  Because…  Why?  Because …  Why?  Because …

In conclusion, how about trying some of these questions, say one or two or three, in your next job interview.  The best time to use these left-field, curve-ball questions is the last part of the interview when you want to test for the unexpected and to evaluate the quality of their spontaneous response.