10 Ridiculous Job Interview Questions
3 February 2017
We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. Sitting in an interview, nervously leafing through your prep notes, praying you haven’t sweated through your shirt. You think you’ve covered all the bases and studied up on the company.
Then, out of nowhere the person opposite you hits out with something completely unexpected. They clear their throat, lean forward and ask: “If you were a type of animal, which one would you be and why?”
You have no idea. Is a lion a good answer? A penguin? What does this have to do with the job?
We take a look at some of the worst interview questions job seekers have been asked.
1. Did you use our toilets on the way in? What did you think of them?
We’re not sure how the cleanliness of the loos correlates to your ability to do a job. Is there a right answer to this?
2. If you didn’t get the job, why would you think you didn’t get it?
How do you even begin to answer this? Because I come across as creepy? Because I asked for water? Because I gave the wrong answer to question one?
3. Will you change your name?
We can only assume this job interview was for a position within MI5, otherwise we can’t see the need for this. Unless they have a rule about only having one Louise or Steve in the office.
4. How would you describe yellow to a colour blind person?
Are there are a lot of colour blind people within the business? Is there a lot of yellow? We can’t understand the relevance of this question at all.
5. Do you like dressing up?
This questions has some seriously sinister undertones. Unless it was for a job at a theme park or something, we have no idea what this interviewer had in mind.
6. Who would win in a fight between a pirate and a ninja? Why?
Well the obvious answer to this is the ninja, because they could sneak up on the pirate (chances are the latter either has a hook for a hand or a wooden leg too, putting him at further disadvantage).
7. Can you explain the difference between tall and high?
We’re not sure if this interview meant the dictionary definition or in a more abstract sense. Either way, it’s another totally ridiculous question.
8. How old do you think I am?
Believe it or not the person being asked this question went way too high with their answer and still managed to land the job. Result.
9. Can you sell me this pen?
It’s not the Wolf of Wall Street, people. This candidate responded by snapping said pen and kindly informing their interviewer they would need to purchase a new one.
10. How good looking do you think you are on a scale of 1 – 10?
This is the worst thing we’ve ever heard. The plucky candidate answered 10, but her interviewer laughed in her face and told her she was wrong. Wow.
Written By Mary Palmer