It’s widely known that certain companies use nontraditional interview questions. There have been a couple of recent stories that highlight questions used by Amazon, Apple, Zappos, and many others.
A few of my favorites:
- Zappos: “What superhero would you be and would you dress up at work given the chance?”
- Clark Construction Group: “A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?”
- Bain and Company: “Estimate how many windows are in New York.”
- Apple: “If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?”
I think these types of questions can help an interviewer evaluate how a candidate articulates their way through solving for an unknown problem (Bain/Apple examples) or whether a candidate is a culture fit (Zappos). But some of the questions (like the penguin question above) just seem ludicrous to me.
Recruiters/Hiring Managers: What are your thoughts on these types of questions? Do you/have you work(ed) for companies that use them as part of their interview process? How were the answers evaluated?
Job seekers: What unusual questions have you been hit with during an interview? How did you respond?