How to Answer Crazy Interview Questions

When it comes to crazy interview questions, it’s not always about having the right answer.

happy cow field crazy interview questions

Quick, how many cows are there in Canada?

You may not know the answer, but that won’t stop Google from asking the question. In fact, the company asks potential employees crazy interview questions like this because they don’t expect you to know the answer.

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Google wants you to think on your feet, and demonstrate effective problem-solving skills in the process. The focus is on how you answer the question, not whether you’re right or wrong. Google’s not alone when it comes to asking crazy interview questions. Big name corporations like MasterCard and Kimberly-Clark may also pull a fast one on you.

Here are four other crazy interview questions to ponder, and a sample answer for each:

“A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?” – Asked at Clark Construction Group

He squawks, “This is not where I left my car.” Then he leaves.

“Can you say: ‘Peter Pepper Picked a Peck of Pickled Pepper’ and cross-sell a washing machine at the same time?” – Asked at MasterCard

How do you think Peter Pepper’s clothes ended up so clean after a long day of picking pecks of pickled peppers?

“If you had turned you cell phone to silent, and it rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what would you tell me?” – Asked at Kimberly-Clark

My evil twin is calling. He’s an amateur super-villain, and is either trying to ruin this interview because he knows how happy a job with Kimberly Clark will make me, or he needs more money to finish constructing his evil lair.

“What kitchen utensil would you be?” – Asked at Bandwidth.com

I’d be a whisk because I work hard to keep things running smoothly.

As a recap, if a question makes you laugh, then it’s probably okay to use humor in your answer. If a question makes you stop and think, then give a thoughtful response. Just don’t let fear keep you from being creative.

For the full list of 2013′s crazy interview questions, head over to Glassdoor.

What’s the craziest interview question you’ve ever been asked? Let us know in the comment section below!

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4 comments

  1. Andy Lester

    The cows question is not about thinking on your feet. They are interested in the candidate’s ability to estimate. One of Google’s core competencies is the ability to deal with large numbers and scaling to handle it. Estimating the cows in Canada isn’t much different than estimating the number of users who will use a new product, or the bandwidth required to support that product, or to know how many servers it will take.

  2. GMallace

    Here are a few of the most interesting questions I’ve ever been asked in an interview.

    1. How many people are online right now in the SF Bay area?

    2. How many cars are in the SF bay area?
    Follow up question: How many gas stations are in the city of San Jose, CA?

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