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25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

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The best interview questions provide insight into a potential hire's thought process, critical thinking skills and overall personality, instead of just a rehearsed list of achievements accomplished and lessons learned.

Rate-your-company startup Glassdoor recently compiled a list of the top 25 oddball questions that businesses like Yahoo, Airbnb and UrbanOutfitters routinely ask interviewees.

"It's helpful for both job seekers and employers to familiarize themselves with the downright weird interview questions that are being used to identify great candidates," says Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor's community expert.

From the employer's side, Dobroski says, unexpected questions are a good tactic for forcing job candidates to think on their feet.

And for potential hires? It's a chance to think outside the box because a bad response is often the expected response. One of Dobroski's favorite questions on the list this year comes from the American Heart Association, which asks interviewees: What is the color of money?

"The worst answer you can give is either,' I don't know,' or 'Green,'" he says. "It's OK to answer a question with a question, or ask for a clarification." For example, "'Are you talking about the color of money in the UK? India? In Bitcoins?' In this case, there's obviously not one correct reply."

Here are 25 oddball questions that companies are asking to freshen up the interview process.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

If you could throw a parade

"If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office, what type of parade would it be?" -- The Zappos Family, Customer Loyalty Team Member interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

How lucky

"How lucky are you and why?" -- Airbnb, Content Manager interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

If you were a pizza delivery man

"If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?" -- Apple, Specialist interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

If you could sing one song on American Idol

"If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?" -- Red Frog Events, Event Coordinator interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

Are you more of a

"Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?" -- Dell, Account Manager interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

If you were on an island

"If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?" --Yahoo, Search Quality Analyst interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

If you were a box of cereal

7. "If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?" -- Bed Bath & Beyond, Sales Associate interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

Do you believe

"Do you believe in Bigfoot?" -- Norwegian Cruise Line, Casino Marketing Coordinator interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

Why is a tennis

"Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?" -- Xerox, Client Manager interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

What is your least favorite thing

"What is your least favorite thing about humanity?" -- ZocDoc, Operations Associate interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

How would you use Yelp

"How would you use Yelp to find the number of businesses in the U.S.?" -- Factual, Software Engineer interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

How honest

"How honest are you?" -- Allied Telesis, Executive Assistant interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

How many square feet of pizza

"How many square feet of pizza are eaten in the U.S. each year?" -- Goldman Sachs, Programmer Analyst interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

Can you instruct someone how to

"Can you instruct someone how to make an origami 'cootie catcher' with just words?" -- LivingSocial, Consumer Advocate interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

If you were 80 years old

"If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?" -- McKinsey & Company, Associate interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

You're a new addition to the crayon box

"You're a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?" -- Urban Outfitters Sales Associate interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

How does

"How does the internet work?" -- Akamai, Director interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

If there was a movie produced about your life

"If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?" --SinglePlatform, Inside Sales Consultant interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

What's the color of

"What's the color of money?" -- American Heart Association, Project Manager interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

What was the last gift

"What was the last gift you gave someone?" -- Gallup, Data Analyst interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

What is the funniest thing

"What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?" -- Applebee's, Bartender/Neighborhood Expert Server interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

How many snow shovels

"How many snow shovels sold in the U.S. last year?" -- TASER, Leadership Development Program interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

It's Thursday; we're staffing you on a telecommunications project

"It's Thursday; we're staffing you on a telecommunications project in Calgary, Canada on Monday. Your flight and hotel are booked; your visa is ready. What are the top five things you do before you leave?" -- ThoughtWorks, Junior Consultant interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

Describe to me the process

"Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt." -- Active Network, Client Applications Specialist interview.

25 Wacky Interview Questions That Work

Have you ever

"Have you ever been on a boat?" -- Applied Systems, Graphic Designer interview.