Interviewing for possible jobs is stressful and grueling. Some people even train for interviews to raise their likelihood of landing the job. But all that preparation cannot circumvent that some strange interview questions are asked. After requesting an online forum for their strangest interview question encounters, these were heavily discussed.
The Breakfast of Champions
One interviewee at Forever 21 says their interviewer asked what cereal best describes them and to explain why. Strange, but now I can't stop wondering what my answer would be. Lucky Charms, maybe.
Asking the Obvious
Another person says their interviewer asked if they dyed their hair. It wouldn't be so strange, except the potential recruit was “in front of him with bright pink hair.”
A person trying for a position in IT had two interviewers who were not in the IT field. After asking the potential employee what they would do if given a brick, the interviewee answered “smack [them]” with it for the ludicrous question.
They did get the job. Maybe these interviewers were laying the foundation for ridiculous questions. Hilariously enough, they returned to watch other applicants' expressions over the question.
While in an interview, the employee was asked whether they own a lion. Though initially odd, the fact that the person is from Zimbabwe gives this question a more offensive undercurrent.
While interviewing for a position at a trucking logistics business, the interviewer posed the question of how they would answer a potential client who wanted to know if they transport llamas. It turns out the interviewee's husband not only works at the job but requested they receive this question.
Working Before Hiring
During an interview, the questioner received a phone call, then asked the possible new employee to get them a coffee with cream and sugar from the coffee machine. Sometimes, jobs clue you into their exploitative nature before you get the job.
What Did I Forget
Having an interviewer asks you to tell them what they forgot to ask you sounds surreal, but I assure you it's real. One person received this question. I'm not sure how one would even respond to this. As someone else adds, “Mind-reading is not part of the job.”
A Fly on the Wall
In one meeting for a job, the boss took the “fly on the wall” literally. Asking someone to pretend they are a fly and break down their day sounds odd and creepy.
In a strange way of phrasing the best and worst qualities question, an employer told a prospective new workforce member to pretend they are a car with two bumper sticks. One bumper sticker is a pro about the person and the second con. What would the stickers say?
Know Thy Fruit
While applying for a job, one individual had to disclose their favorite fruit. Someone else laughingly replied they should have answered durian. I'd answer nectarines or mandarins. How about you?
Sometimes what makes a question strange is how out of place they are for the position. A potential lifeguard had to answer which dinosaur they would be and why. Who knows, maybe the boss knew something we aren't privy to. Maybe Jurassic Park is going to be a reality soon.
Why Work Here?
Sometimes the common questions are the oddest. For example, asking why someone wants to work at a job makes little sense. Most people work because they need to work to earn money. So the interviewee is left wondering if they want the truth or a lie. Newsflash; they usually want the lie.
This thread inspired this post.