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Top 10 Weirdest Interview Questions and Answers

Updated on October 29, 2014

You are poised, confident and ready for anything. The interviewer calls your name. You stood up and stepped into the interview room. You nailed the handshake and eye contact. Nothing can stop you. You feel you have secured this job.

The interviewer leans in close and whispers, "Do you believe in UFOs?"

Wait — what?

Yeah. That was my experience.

Creativity, adaptability and the ability to think on your feet are hot topics in the interview circles.


To help job-seekers prepare job interviews, career guidance company Glassdoor every year compiles a list of questions that companies ask. I have picked out the oddest and most unexpected questions from their list and other sources.


I have attempted to answer these questions to the best of my abilities. Hopefully these answers can help you in responding similar questions during any interviews.


"Do you believe in UFOs?" The surprise level for this weird question is off the charts!
"Do you believe in UFOs?" The surprise level for this weird question is off the charts! | Source

1) Do you believe in UFOs?

Wait- what??!

What has UFOs and aliens have to do with my job interview?

Apparently, this question was asked by during a few job interviews. Interviewers say that such questions offer even more unique glimpses into the job applicant's personality.

Ideal response:

I believe in the existence of UFOs. This belief relates well to Business/Marketing/Sales. In business, you have to have the mentality that anything is possible.

You need to believe in the impossible and remove the improbable (Quote from Oscar Wilde).

In business, we will inevitably experience instances where we are pursuing a potential client who has rejected us 10 times or chasing after an insurmountable revenue goal. The belief that extraordinary things can happen will definitely drive us to achieve success.

I fundamentally believe that whatever we want to achieve in life is ours for the making. Despite facing overwhelming challenges, we can achieve our goals if we believe in the impossible.

Have you ever wondered why a tennis ball is fuzzy?
Have you ever wondered why a tennis ball is fuzzy? | Source

2) Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?

This question was asked during a client manager job interview for Xerox.

To the defence of the job applicants, who would ever research on the great mystery of the fuzziness of tennis balls?

Ideal response:

The fuzziness helps to provide the aerodynamic drag to slow the ball down and provide the players a better control.

The fuzziness is the result of the felt that covers the ball. It acts as a dampener to allow for much more control (it works just like the dimples on a golf ball) by stopping the ball from bouncing too high and from flying through the air too quickly.

It also provides more of an effect when the ball is hit with a topspin, backspin or side spin stroke, especially on a clay or wet surface. But while the fuzz slows down the ball, some top players can still serve the ball at 225 to 240 km/h.

A perfectly smooth ball would otherwise travel so fast and bounce so high that the game would be unplayable. Also, a smooth ball will behave radically different on various surfaces, it would be much more difficult for the player to control the direction of the shots.

Money is not always green!
Money is not always green! | Source

3) What's the colour of money?

This question was posted by the American Heart Association for a project manager Interview.

Isn't the answer green?

Unfortunately, no.

This brainteaser begs for some form of thinking.

The worst answer applicants can give is a one-word response. The answer needs to be more nuanced and must demonstrate some level of analytical thinking.

Ideal response:

Money is a medium of exchange and a record of payment. Money is something intangible and it is only a concept for payment, hence it is colourless.

If you are using cash as a form of payment, money will be of different colours based on the country's currency you are using.

Truthfully, there is a saying that money reveals your true colours to others around you; when you don't have money, it shows the true colours of others around you.

Amongst all of the superheroes, which superpower do you desire most?
Amongst all of the superheroes, which superpower do you desire most? | Source

4) If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

This question was posted by Dropbox during a sales and marketing analyst interview.

The trick is to always make a connection to your professional contributions.

Whether it’s the ability to fly, see into the future or leap over tall buildings in a single bound, you need to relate back to an organization or how your skills would benefit others.

For example, the ability to read someone’s mind can help you create better solutions for a client. It is certainly better if you can add a dose of humour, as it can loosened up the interview a little bit.

Ideal Response:

I would want to have the power of multiplicity.

That way I could have five of me all going in different directions and accomplishing five times as much as I normally could.

I could be five times as productive, or see the same event from five different perspectives.

I can even duplicate dozens of me to pursue dozens of clients at the same time! And perhaps, I can do volunteer work with one while working simultaneously.

If you could be on the TIMES magazine cover, what do you want the title to be?
If you could be on the TIMES magazine cover, what do you want the title to be? | Source

6) If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

Don’t be afraid to be honest, but the answer must be about the principles and values you strongly believe in.

It is certainly better if the belief aligns with the company that you are applying to.

Ideal response:

Be persistent and Be true to yourself.

The reason for this is that throughout my life I have encountered numerous hurdles and I found a new path each time while being persistent and staying true to my goals.

Manholes can smile!
Manholes can smile! | Source

5) Why are manholes round?

If you haven't heard of this weird interview question, you are not preparing well for your interview.

This question was first posted during a Microsoft job interview, and has since spawned many more weird interview questions.

Ideal response:

The manhole cover in a circular shape will always fit the manhole without the need to align the cover.

What else could potentially happen with a manhole cover when someone is handling it? What if someone accidentally dropped the cover into the manhole?

Well, if it’s a circular shaped manhole cover then it will not fall into the hole because the diameter of the manhole cover is equal to the diameter of the hole.

If the cover and manhole were in the form of other shapes such as a square or rectangle, for instance the square shaped cover could fall into the hole and injured someone if the cover is not properly aligned.

A circular manhole can be transported effortlessly because a circular cover can be rolled along its edge. Covers with any other shapes cannot be rolled and will need to be tediously carried along.

A circular cover dissipates the stress more evenly at all points compared to other shapes like a triangle or square. When stress is exerted at a corner of a triangle or square, the stress would be larger compared to the stress being applied to its centre.

What are the three things are want to have with you on a deserted island?
What are the three things are want to have with you on a deserted island? | Source

7) If you are shipwrecked on a deserted island, what are the three items would you want to have with you?

Ideal response:


I would want to bring a really big notebook, a loud whistle and a fire starter.

I should be able to create some writing mechanism out of what I find on the island.

Writing about the events of my shipwreck in this uninhabited island will gradually ease my emotional trauma.

Writing about my day-to-day happenings in the island will be therapeutic and would increase the odds that I survive my stay.

I think that with potentially nobody with whom I could communicate, the ability to keep an organized log of writing would help me to stay sane.

A fire is immensely crucial for keeping me warm, signalling for help and cooking food and water.

In addition, having a loud whistle will be immensely useful in getting the attention of any ships nearby for help.

Each fruit reveals a different personality!
Each fruit reveals a different personality! | Source

8) Which type of fruit are you?

Ideal response:

I would be like a banana.

A banana has a thick skin and yet it is soft inside. Similarly, I am compassionate and I firmly believe that the best way to live meaningfully is to lose myself in the service of others.

However, I also have a thick skin and I am persistent in achieving my goals. I believe that the adversities we face are excellent opportunities for us to gain self-awareness and review our flaws.

Bananas are able to grow and develop all year round. I am defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I am keen to seize any learning opportunities (e.g. online courses or self-help books) for self-improvement.

Bananas can be pureed, baked, or eaten on their own or in fruit salad.

Similar to a banana, I am versatile and can perform well in different situations.

Above all, I believe in teamwork and can co-operate well in a team to accomplish tasks efficiently.

Which kind of animal are you?
Which kind of animal are you? | Source

9) Which kind of animal best represents you?

Ideal response:

I would be like a dolphin.

Dolphins are harmonious mammals. Similar to a dolphin, I am driven to create a harmonious environment. I am unassuming and dedicated to my work.

I am compassionate and I firmly believe that the best way to live meaningfully is to lose myself in the service of others. Being able to witness how people benefit from my work and receiving their appreciation drives me to accomplish more.

Dolphins are highly intelligent and intellectually curious animals.

I am defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I believe that if you stop learning new knowledge and improving yourself, you will stop achieving great things. I am keen to seize any learning opportunities (e.g. online courses or self-help books) for self-improvement.

Dolphins are highly sociable.

Similarly, I work instinctively to create an ambient atmosphere of peace and acceptance amongst my colleagues.

I am versatile and can perform well in different situations. Above all, I believe that teamwork is paramount and I perform well in a team to accomplish tasks efficiently.

Do you know how many times the clock's hands overlap everyday?
Do you know how many times the clock's hands overlap everyday? | Source

10) How many times per day do a clock's hands overlap?

This question was posted by Pocket Gems during an mobile engineer interview.

1. midnight
2. 1 + 1/11 am
3. 2 + 2/11 am
4. 3 + 3/11 am
5. 4 + 4/11 am
6. 5 + 5/11 am
7. 6 + 6/11 am
8. 7 + 7/11 am
9. 8 + 8/11 am
10. 9 + 9/11 am
11. 10 + 10/11 am
12. noon
13. 1 + 1/11 pm
14. 2 + 2/11 pm
15. 3 + 3/11 pm
16. 4 + 4/11 pm
17. 5 + 5/11 pm
18. 6 + 6/11 pm
19. 7 + 7/11 pm
20. 8 + 8/11 pm
21. 9 + 9/11 pm
22. 10 + 10/11 pm

If midnight is considered part of both days, then the answer is 23 times. Otherwise the answer is 22 times.

The clock hands don’t overlap at 1:05, 2:10, 3:15 etc.

Because, by the time the minutes hand reaches where the hours hand was, the hours hand has moved on, as it doesn’t remain fixed through the entire hour.


In every hour, as the hour hand moves across 5 minute spaces, the minute hand moves across 60. That means the minute hand gains 55 min sp. over hour hand in 60 min. Thus, between the nth and (n+1)st hr, to overlap the minute hand must gain the 5n min sp. that exists between them when the clock strikes n hrs. Apply unitary method and you get the time in which it does so i.e. 60n/11 min. So, the clock hands overlap at n hrs 60n/11 min. Obtain the values by putting m = 0 to 11, and you will find that from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59 (please note that 23:59:60 is equivalent to 24:00:00 or 00:00:00), the hands overlap 22 times.

Final Advice

There isn’t a definite way of answering questions like these--the whole point is to test your confidence levels, how you can think on your feet and come up with creative thoughts.

Don't overthink it. Just think freely and clearly.

More Weird, Strange and Tough Interview Questions

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I want to hear your stories! | Source

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      CuriousSam 

      4 years ago

      Interesting Interview answers :) I have a job interview next week, and this will be really useful!

    • Frienderal profile imageAUTHOR

      Frienderal 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you Shivali Sharma! :) Interview answers to weird questions should be funny to lighten up the tense mood in the interview room. The questions above have all been asked before. Questions (4), (6), (8) and (9) all are very common questions.

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      Frienderal 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, tekun! :) I'm gald that you find this hub interesting. Of course, these answers are the best ones amongst all others online :) Do help to share this hub with your friends, thanks.

    • Shivali Sharma profile image

      the vibe 

      4 years ago from Delhi, India

      Interesting and funny! Loved to read your hub. Do interviewers really ask such questions?

    • Frienderal profile imageAUTHOR

      Frienderal 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      That would work too, Valeant! :) Will be great if the boat is a luxury yacht.

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      Frienderal 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you George for your feedback! :) Glad you find the hub informative and funny at the same time. Always good to add a dose of humour in your interview answers!

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      JOC 

      4 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      Stranded question - 3 things: a boat, nautical charts, a cell phone.

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      George Greene Jr. 

      4 years ago from California PA

      up voted and very informative! I never thought about the roundness of the manhole cover for being able to transport it by rolling it ( and I work construction!) I was also asked a couple of times "When do you think you will die?" I always answer that by saying "not until I hit 150 at least because I am always keeping the mind at work learning new things like the fact that money can be many different colors based on the nation."

      Let me add that just in the United states there are gold certificates, gold dollars ,silver dollars, copper pennies, and grayish green denominations of paper money. And if checks and money orders are considered money, the number of colors grows by leaps and bounds.

      Great post and thanks for the laughs and new information. And keeping my mind young!!!

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      Frienderal 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Molly! :) I hope you enjoy my other hubs as well :)

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      Frienderal 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      I'm glad you find these questions interesting, dragonflycolor! :) You are right. Weird, interesting questions may not certainly be difficult questions if we know how to answer them confidently!

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      Molly Madley 

      4 years ago from San Francisco,Ca

      I've never heard of any of these interview questions before. Interesting.

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      dragonflycolor 

      4 years ago

      I've had some hard questions thrown at me during interviews but these are certainly more interesting!

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      Frienderal 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Seanorjohn! :) I'm glad you find this hub interesting. Wish you all the best for your future interviews!

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      seanorjohn 

      4 years ago

      Very interesting hub.just attended an interview that asked bog standard questions bsuch as where do you see yourself in 5 years. I much prefer offbeat questions. voted up and interesting.

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      Frienderal 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you for your kind feedback! :) And yes, interviews questions have changed a lot, particularly so for major tech companies like Google, Dropbox, Facebook, Mircosoft, etc!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Just one thing to say about this hub, interviews have sure changed a lot from my days, when people would ask stuff like "Where do you see yourself five years from now." Very interesting. Must pass this on to my kid.

    • Frienderal profile imageAUTHOR

      Frienderal 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for your feedback, MsDora! :) Although weird interview questions make the interview less boring, the interviewees will certainly get the shock of their lives.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank God, I have outlived job interviews. I can see that the interviews aim to explore charcteristics below the surface. Good for the employer, tough for the would-be employees. Thank you for the heads up!

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      Frienderal 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      I'm glad that you enjoy reading this hub and find it informative. There are so many weird questions that an interviewer can come up with.

      So the my best advice is NOT TO PANIC. The whole point of these weird questions is not to get the right answers, but to test your confidence and creativity. (Truthfully, even the interviewers don't know how to answer these questions). So, be CONFIDENT about your answers, however silly it is and always add a dose of HUMOR! :)

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      CrisSp 

      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Wow! I never knew they ask this kind of questions now a days. It's been ages since I last went for a job interview (Thank Goodness) but I find this very interesting. I'm certainly passing this along to my daughter and will be sharing as well here on HP and Pinterest.

      Good job on creating this article. Voted +++ and yes, including funny.

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      Harry 

      4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Haha this is funny and highly informative at the same time! .. Companies are becoming increasingly creative when it comes to desigining interview questions ..this hub would certainly help a job-seeker applying for strategic roles

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      Kathleen Odenthal 

      4 years ago from Bridgewater

      Great hub and very informative! You are sure right that interview questions have changed drastically! Voted up and shared

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      Frienderal 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Jason93! I:) I'm glad you find the hub informative. Without doubt, job interview questions are getting weirder and tougher!

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      Jason Chan 

      4 years ago from Taiwan

      Interesting hub! Voted up. Interesting answers to really weird questions indeed!

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