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What's the Weirdest Interview Question You've Ever Had?

If there's anything worse than the weakness question in an interview, it's got to be the random, seemingly unrelated question that catches you off guard. You've done your homework on the company and prepped for the most common interview questions. But now your interviewer is asking what kind of car you'd most like to be. What gives?

As off-the-wall as they may seem, these random questions do have a purpose. Your answer can give the interviewer some insight into your personality, and so can your thought process as you search for a response — according to Forbes, many employers actually want you to think out loud as you formulate an answer. But knowing all this doesn’t make those bizarre questions any easier to answer in the moment.

Forbes compiled a list from of some of the weirdest interview questions ever — like "Why are manhole covers round?" — but I'm willing to bet Savvy readers have encountered worse. So let's commiserate: what's the weirdest interview question you've ever had?

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lilmisclare lilmisclare 6 years
I wish I had a job, so I could answer this question. How pathetic of me, I know. I guess I don't exactly have a life. K
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 7 years
Odd question asked "What do you consider the worst habit of your last supervisor?" and I must say my jaw dropped. My response was "While I appreciate the spirit of that question I would never be openly critical of a superior." This surprised the interviewer and they asked a follow-up question which was "What do you believe to be a common frailty within upper management?" to which I replied "Upper management often is met with numerous deadlines and various personalities. Managing those both successfully is a tremendous accomplishment." I was hired. Now almost a year later I asked what they looked for within that particular line of questioning and was surprised by the answer.... Loyalty under fire.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I was asked to sell a pen to the guy that was interviewing me. It was for a sales job, so he was seeing how persuasive I was.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I haven't had an interview in some time, but I've heard one of the new "standards" to prepare for is, "What book are you currently reading?" I've talked to several friends and they've all been asked that at least once.
Angelica Angelica 7 years
On my first interview out of college the executive editor asked me if I was married and what my father did. He was an old school newspaper editor in his 70s, but I was incredibly offended by the implication. He ended up hiring me and I soon learned he was just living in a whole other time and place and was genuinely kind (and he learned I'm certainly not banking on a man's shadow), but the question seemed really clueless.
Blue24 Blue24 7 years
I haven't been to a job interview yet, but when I was younger, my mom was asked in one if she yelled at her children. Really random.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I don't recall being asked anything especially weird, but I've asked some weird ones, mostly to lighten the mood in interviews. I once asked someone if they were a data structure, which one would they be? lol
tiaramh tiaramh 7 years
It was so long ago that i cant really remember, but the guy asked me to picture a scene in my mind, like "picture a square" and then asked me to describe it to him.... or "picture a horse" and then had me describe it to him. he then went on to interpret my descriptions telling me what was good and bad about each. It was so weird!
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