Job interviews are pretty stressful experiences. You’re locked up in a room with a complete stranger while they size you up, trying to determine whether or not they want you based on what’s on a sheet of paper. Some people are really comfortable with them and others are nervous wrecks. Regardless of how you feel about them they’re necessary stepping-stones in everyone’s lives. But what happens when an interviewer asks something out of left field?
Some people prepare vigorously before an interview, others not so much and some just go in head first. But no amount of preparation could’ve prepared applicants for some of the questions on this list. It’s weird to think companies would judge potential employees based on these head scratchers, but they did. They range from completely irrelevant to needlessly complicated and are bound to baffle even the most confident job applicant.
These are the 15 weirdest questions ever asked in real job interviews.
15 "If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?"
14 "Who’s your favorite Disney Princess?"
13 "What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?"
12 "How many traffic lights are there in Canada?"
11 "If you were asked to unload a 747 full of jellybeans, what would you do?"
10 "How will you keep HootSuite weird?"
9 "What's your favorite '90s jam?"
8 "What did you have for breakfast?"
7 "If you were an inanimate object, what would you be?"
6 "If you had a machine that produced $100 dollars a day for life, what would you be willing to pay for it today?"
5 "How can we move Mount Fuji?"
4 "What would you name a book about your life at this point?"
3 "How many people flew out of Chicago last year?"
2 "Who would win in a fight between Spider-Man and Batman?"
1 "Describe the color yellow to somebody who's blind"
This one – asked by Spirit Airlines – is aimed towards people’s sensitivity when getting information. Flight attendants are responsible for the well-being of passengers as well as making sure they enjoy their flight. So it’s wise to filter out the insensitive douchebags early on in the selection process. In regards to the question, the applicant could’ve responded by asking whether the person was partially or fully blind as well as finding out how long they’ve been blind for. Again, this should be handled with some tact as you’re dealing with a sensitive issue.
Sources: hootsuite.com, glassdoor.ca, cbsnews.com, prismre.ca
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