In an extra credit brainstorming effort, my colleague sent me a Fast Company article this morning titled “How to Answer a Quirky Question in a Job Interview.” Apparently, prominent companies like Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft ask curveball questions in interviews to determine how one will react under these types of circumstances: panic or poise?
- If you have two eggs and you want to figure out what’s the highest floor from which you can drop the egg without breaking it, how would you do it?
- How would you solve problems if you were on Mars? (my answer below)
- Amazon is a peculiar company. What is peculiar about you?
While I myself have never been asked oddball questions in an interview, they are fun to think about. After attending a Restorative Practices training a couple of years ago, I started asking my classes Get to Know You questions that were sometimes pretty quirky.
- What flavor ice cream best describes you and why?
- Who is your favorite villain?
- Would you rather catch every single green light while driving or never have to stand in line again?
With a simple Google search, my colleague also discovered questions like:
- Which superpower would you choose?
- If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
- What would you title your autobiography?
- You’ve been given one elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
I’m often teased for asking a plethora of invasive questions, but I’m learning this curious part of my personality, when done strategically, is an excellent way for others to open up. Maybe I should start off with quirky questions first, though!
While I do love thinking about these questions, I’m personally terrible at answering in the moment. I drive people crazy with my questions to the question: Mars? What would I be doing on Mars? Would I be by myself or with a team? Would I have been trained to be on Mars or appeared magically? I guess this means I should be thankful I’ve never been asked one of these questions in an interview!
Students often have such incredible, hilarious reactions and responses to these questions. What’s the quirkiest question you’ve ever been asked??