Open thread: The most bizarre, ridiculous interview question you’ve ever been asked

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Tech companies have gained a reputation for asking seemingly random questions during interviews. However, weird questions aren’t limited to the tech industry, and some of the most eyebrow-raising questions aren’t just quirky, brain teasers.

Whether being asked, in all seriousness, “Why on earth you would you want to work here?” or “Do you know how to sing?” we all get hit with a curveball question that we weren’t expecting.

What’s the most bizarre, ridiculous interview question you’ve ever been asked? Share it (and your response if you like!) in the comments.

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    • Greta Herron
    • March 5, 2014

    For an Administrative Assistant position: After taking a series of office skill tests, I was asked if I was willing to run to her apartment to feed and walk her dogs and routinely pick up her dry cleaning

    • Deborah
    • March 8, 2014

    I applied for an Exec Asst position and was asked to come “after hours.” The owner of the company referred to his office as the “Bear’s Den” and himself as “Papa Bear.” He likened the position to being his “second wife.” When I asked why the last EA vacated the position, he said, “She went and got herself knocked-up and left me.” (There’s so much wrong with that statement – where to begin?) It was clear he was a misogynist and not somebody I wanted to work for. I left when he insisted on showing me the shower in his office – “because I work out – a lot.”

    • Ashley Putnam
    • March 11, 2014

    I was recently asked in an interview for a board position, what cooking utensil would you be? Why? I chose the rolling pin because I bring different bits and pieces together and help flatten them out into something larger.

    • Sati Carruth
    • August 22, 2014

    I was interviewing for a non-profit environmental policy position. The interviewer’s closing question was, “If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?” I was so thrown off. I have since practiced that answer extensively and am so ready for another interviewer to throw it my way!

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