Be Prepared for Strange Questions

There are certain things that you can expect to be asked during an interview. You will most likely be asked about your strengths, weaknesses, successes, failures, work experience, working other people, skills, etc. You can practice and prepare for these kinds of questions.

However, the interviewer will almost certainly ask you a question or two that are impossible to prepare for. Interviewers like to ask these questions to see how you react to being put in a stressful or tough situation. They also want to see how you go about solving or answering the question. When this happens, just remember to stay calm. Try to answer in a logical way and explain your thought process.

Here are some tips for answering these kinds of strange questions.

  • Take some time to think about your answer.
  • Use logic and reason to answer the questions.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for more information or ask for clarification.
  • Answer confidently – Do not get flustered.
  • Do not say, “I don’t know.”
  • Do not overthink it.
Remember that there is no way to predict what question you will be asked, but you can practice answering strange questions so you feel more comfortable answering these kinds of questions.

Practice answering these questions without thinking about them too long. You can write these questions on notecards, turn them over so you cannot see the question, and then select a question randomly and try to answer it immediately.

Below we have listed some weird and crazy questions that people have been asked during an interview.
  • How many square feet of pizza are eaten in the U.S. each year?
  • How many windows do you think are in New York City?
  • How lucky are you and why?
  • If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?
  • Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
  • If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
  • Do you believe in aliens?
  • Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?
  • What is your least favorite thing about humanity?
  • If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?
  • How does the internet work?
  • How many snow shovels sold in the U.S. last year?
  • If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  • How many Big Macs does McDonald's sell each year in the U.S.?
  • Choose a city and estimate how many piano tuners operate a business there.
  • How much do you charge to wash every window in Seattle?
  • How many children are born every day?
  • If I was talking to your best friend, what is one thing they would say you need to work on?
  • Design a spice rack for the blind.
  • If you had a choice between two superpowers--being invisible or flying--which would you choose?
  • Why are manholes round?

Vocabulary from the Article

1. almost certainly: most likely; almost definitely; almost surely

  • I will almost certainly be at the party.
  • We will almost certainly not finish this by tomorrow.

2. how (a person) goes about (something): the way, method, or process that a person uses to completes or does a certain task

  • I like how he goes about coming up with new ideas.
  • How do you go about finding a new employee?

3. to ask for clarification: to ask for more information or for a different explanation in order to make less confusing and easier to understand

  • I did not understand what I needed to do, so I asked my boss for clarification.
  • If you are not sure, then ask for clarification.

4. to get flustered: to become confused, agitated, or upset

  • I got flustered by all the personal questions.
  • He seemed uncomfortable and flustered at the meeting.

5. to overthink: to think too much about something and which leads to negative results

  • Don’t overthink it. Trust your instincts.
  • She has a tendency to overthink things.