Anybody who has ever gone for a job interview before would have at some point, memorised model answers to run-of-the-mill questions such as: “What is your weakness?”, or “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”.
Once in awhile, job candidates are left stuttering when they are thrown off-guard with an oddball question that they never saw coming.
A look through candidate testimonials on career website Glassdoor reveals that some of the most interesting questions are asked by the world’s largest companies such as Amazon, Google, Airbnb, Apple, Dell and Yahoo.
Weird questions that have been asked by Apple include: “If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors?”, while a candidate at Google was reportedly asked: “How many cows are there in Canada?”.
The reason many big companies ask weird questions is because the best CEOs want to see how well a job candidate responds to an unexpected situation.
Here’s a few big-name company CEOs and their non-traditional interview questions:
1. Tony Hsieh, Zappos
“On a scale of 1-10, how weird are you?”
2. Richard Branson, Virgin
“What didn’t you get to include in your resume?”
3. Karen Davies, Hasbro
“What is your favourite quote?”
4. Brian Chesky, Airbnb
“Summarise your life in 3 minutes.”
5. Peter Thiel, PayPal
“Tell me something that’s true, that almost nobody agrees with you on.”