Unconventional Interview Questions: Pros and Cons of Asking Bizarre Queries

Posted on 08 October 2023

​Is there a point in asking bizarre questions at an interview to get the most out of your victim, aka candidate?

Managers can throw curveball questions at candidates to assess their level of creativity, problem-solving skills, or ability to think on their feet.

So these are some of the most random we have heard of

  • If you were a type of cheese, what type would you be?

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, rate your ability to do a backflip.

  • If you were an animal, what would you be?

  • Why are manholes round?

  • If you could choose one song to play every time you walked into a room, what would you choose and why?

  • What kid's movie is scary to you?

  • Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how weird are you?

  • If you could have a dinner party with any three historical figures, who would they be?

  • If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be and why?

These questions are often asked to gauge a candidate's creativity, ability to think outside the box, and sense of humour and really to understand their personality a little more.

While they may seem bizarre, they can provide valuable insights into a candidate's personality and problem-solving abilities. However, it's important to approach such questions with a sense of humour and creativity during the interview process and not ask too many of these types of questions as you will take away from the seriousness and professionalism of the interview.

PRO’s of bizarre questions

  • Helps Break the Ice

  • It can demonstrate the person's ability to be quick-thinking

  • Can Help Evaluate the Person’s Sense of Humour

  • It helps the interviewer to understand a little more about who you are

And the Cons

  • Can Make the Interviewee Uncomfortable

  • Can Take Away from the Seriousness of the Interview

At Principle, we would advise our clients to start off the interview with a not - so - serious question to help break the ice, make the candidate feel comfortable and then delve into their competencies, using the STAR approach.

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