How would you respond to these weird or inappropriate interview questions?

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Be ready to handle weird or inappropriate questions
during job interviews.
Recently I asked job seekers to name their weirdest and worst job interview questions. Here are the 20 weirdest and the 10 most inappropriate questions.

But first … Charles, a hiring manager in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, explains why recruiters ask weird questions: “I use odd questions to test the response of similarly qualified candidates. The questions don't have right or wrong answers but they help me gauge the candidates’ character (whether they are protective, friendly, can think quickly, etc.)”

OK, so that explains why recruiters ask odd questions, but the real question to ask yourself is how will you respond if you are asked quirky or even inappropriate interview questions? Prepare now because being ready to respond well can help youGet a Job! – Kathy


Top 20 Weirdest Interview Questions
  1. Have you ever killed anything with a knife? —Bob
  2. Do you speak to dogs? – Richard
  3. What household appliance would you like to be? – Jayson
  4. I've heard you have a bad temper. How do you respond to that? – Kathy
  5. How many ridges are on a quarter?  – Richard
  6. What is your favorite cartoon character? – Leigh
  7. How do they get the cream inside a Twinkie? – Michael
  8. How would you promote a city with a toxic waste dump? – Christian
  9. What do you think about most of the time? – Jaspreet
  10. If you were an animal, what type of animal would you be? – Monique
  11. Why are manhole covers round? – David and Lois (Note: Contrary to urban myth, the lip, not the shape, ensures the manhole cover will not fall through the hole).
  12. If we hire you, you may only drink coffee from a blue cup. Is that acceptable? – Tia
  13. Are you a dog person or a cat person? – Tina Marie    
  14. Is your wife married? – Gaurav
  15. If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? – Darrell
  16. How many phone books are there in New York City? – Michael
  17. If you were a biscuit, what kind of biscuit would you be? – Kerry
  18. Do you play poker and drink beer? – John
  19. How many jelly beans would fit into a 747 plane? – Gerry
  20. If you had a theme song, what would it be? – Darrell

Top 10 Inappropriate Interview Questions
  1. Do you cry easily? / Do you cry at work?  – Mary and Jackie
  2. What makes you a bitch? – Michelle
  3. How old are you? -- Iris, Khaled and Nazarene
  4. When do you plan to have a baby? – Iris and Ulka
  5. What does your husband do for a living? – Jackie
  6. Why aren’t you married yet? – Faisal
  7. Did your parents beat you?  – John
  8. What is your marital status? – Lisa
  9. What guarantee do we have that you won't leave our company like you left the last one? – Jassim
  10. Is your fiancĂ© jealous? – Raluca
  11. At your age (57), how can we be sure you won't die? – Katie
  12. Your lips are beautiful. May I kiss them? – Tia
Share your weirdest and worst interview questions and your suggestions for how best to respond to them on the Get a Job! Tips blog (via the Contact Us tab) or on the LinkedIn discussion board that might have brought you here. Thanks! – Kathy

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1 comment:

  1. "What makes you a bitch? – Michelle"

    LOL, that's so ridiculously overboard.

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