6 strange job interview questions & why they’re asked

Some interview questions seem inappropriate because they are. Others, however, only seem inappropriate because — yes — they really are pretty strange.

Even though some interview questions may have you wondering, “What does this have to do with the job?” there is a method to hiring managers’ perceived madness.

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6 strange job interview questions (that are okay to ask)

You may think you’re the only one sweating the job interview — afraid you’ll say the wrong thing or answer inappropriately — but hiring managers are under just as much pressure.

In a recent CareerBuilder survey, hiring managers revealed some of the less-conventional interview questions they have asked to see what really makes a candidate tick. Below are some of the most unusual — but legal — questions interviewers say they have asked job candidates, and what they’re trying to assess.

1. “What superpower would you like to have?”

How candidates answer this question can provide insight into how they view their own strengths and weaknesses.

2. “How would you wrangle a herd of cats?”

A hiring manager might ask a question like this to gain insight into a candidate’s ability to organize, lead and motivate others.

3. “If you were stranded on an island, which two items would you like to have with you?”

Answers to this question could indicate a candidate’s ability to weather a tough situation with limited resources.

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4. “Do you believe in life on other planets?”

A question like this might be asked to see if a candidate has an attitude that anything is possible.

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5. “If you did not have to work, what would you do?”

This question provides a peek into a candidate’s values and interests outside of work, which can help assess for cultural fit.

6. “If you were trapped in a blender, what would you do to get out?”

This question might assess a candidate’s creativity, ability to think on his or her feet and problem-solving skills.

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