Fun Interview Questions
and How to Respond

Fun interview questions are used to test a number of things - your ability to think on your feet, your creativity, your ability to remain calm and considered and how you react to the unexpected.

Sometimes they are just used as an ice breaker and to get the discussion going.

The way you handle these strange interview questions is the most important criteria. Acknowledge funny interview questions with a smile and pause to collect your thoughts before answering.

Here are some examples of these type of interview questions to get you thinking.

Which super power would you like to have?

The key to handling these funny interview questions is to not get rattled but breathe and think before answering. You do not have to be brilliant or wildly funny, you just have to work through your own thought processes, stay in control and present an answer.

This superpower question is supposed to explore qualities you admire and aspire to. You can just play along without taking it too seriously or you can focus on a superpower that will help change the world or that would enable you to perform the job super-effectively! Whatever direction you take with your interview answer always have a reason ready for your choice.

Where would you go in a time machine?

Select a time that you know a little about so that you can support your answer with a few facts. Don't forget about the future as an option.

Which is your favorite quote?

Always have a couple of quotes at the ready. Think about why you personally relate to the quote.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Explores your goals and aspirations. Options include spending the money, investing it or donating it to charity. Often the best route to take is all three - buy something you really want, invest wisely and donate some to your favorite charity.

Other popular fun interview questions include:

  • Say you are dead — what would your eulogy say about you?
  • Is there intelligent life in outer space?
  • If you were an ice cream what flavor would you be?
  • Pepsi or Coke?
  • How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator?
  • If you were a brick in the wall which brick would you be?
  • What 3 items would you take to a desert island other than food and water?
  • What song best describes you?
  • How would people communicate in a perfect world?

Tech companies and start-ups like to ask candidates interesting interview questions that are off-the-wall and require quick, creative thinking. A number of non-tech companies have also adopted seemingly crazy interview questions. It's not only about your answer but about how you work your way to get there.

Answering these type of interview questions in a calm and considered way will inspire confidence.

Here are some favorite examples of funny interview questions:

Why are manhole covers round?

This fun interview question was made famous by Microsoft. There are definite factual answers to this. A round manhole covering cannot possibly fall through its circular opening while it is possible for a square manhole cover to fall through the hole if inserted diagonally. There is no rotation required to align a round manhole cover in the circular hole which minimizes the chances of human error in replacing the cover. A circular cover can be rolled to easily move it.

How do you weigh an elephant without using a scale?

Think of the Archimedes Principal! One approximate answer is to submerge the elephant in a tank of water and measure the volume of water displaced knowing that water weighs 1kg per liter.

How would you market ping pong balls if ping pong itself no longer existed?

There are a couple of options. You can focus on alternative uses for the ping pong ball such as creating a flotation device for kids. Introduce a new game using ping pong balls. Re-market the game of ping pong itself.

How many smartphones are there in New York City?

Use the estimated population of NYC (8.2 million) as a baseline and work around that. Go through a structured thought process to reach your estimate.

There are many variations on this fun interview question including:

  • How many phone books are there in New York City? 
  • How many cocktail umbrellas are there at any given time in the United States? (The US population is about 313.5 million and about 73% of those are over 20)
  • How many gas stations in the US?

Nobody expects you to know the answer to these type of questions but they will judge you on the way you come up with an answer.

How many light bulbs are in this building?

Ask questions to find out how many people work in the building and how many floors it has in order to go through a logical process to present your best interview answer.

Potential employers are more interested in how you respond to fun interview questions than the answer itself. They will evaluate your thinking skills and your ability to remain composed under pressure rather than the "correct" answer. Be ready to respond to unusual interview questions and convince them you are able to think on your feet.

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These are some of the most common outrageous interview questions candidates face today:

  • Choose two celebrities to be your parents.
  • What kitchen utensil would you be?
  • If you could get rid of one U.S. state which would it be?
  • How would you rate me as an interviewer?

Obviously there are no correct answers, only the expectation that you have a well-considered reason for the answer you give.

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