Let me be honest, I have sat in on some interviews that were borderline psychotic. Questions from left field, overt anger and emotions, lying responses that were easily observed…and those were the good ones. In all seriousness, interviewing is difficult and being a good interviewer is even more challenging. Most managers do not spend their time honing their interview skills. This fact often leads to bizarre questions. It also leads to bizarre question patterns.
Every year there seems to be a list of the oddest interview questions from the year – it is a guilty pleasure of mine to read them. Perhaps you would enjoy the list also? To whet your appetite for frivolity:
1. If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?
As a mathematically-challenged person, I find this question downright perverse and evil:
7. Out of 25 horses, pick the fastest 3 horses. In each race, only 5 horses can run at the same time. What is the minimum number of races required?
Same goes for this one:
15. You are in a dark room with no light. You have 19 grey socks and 25 black socks. What are the chances you will get a matching pair?
You get the idea. There are strange ones in the list is you read the article. My point in bringing this up is that many sales managers would scream if their salespeople went into a sales call without a plan, a strategy. Yet many sales managers that I see go into an interview with the intent of simply rehashing a candidate’s work history and then deciding if they like him or her. This is not a strategy. And asking math word problems should not be a part of your interview process.