10 Out of the Box Questions Interviewers May Ask You

You may have heard about and prepared for the most common interview questions out there, but what about the Out-Of-The-Box questions? Sometimes, interviewers ask questions that are not your typical interview questions. It can be puzzling as to why they do this, but worry not, we’re here to explain to you why that is and what kind of “outside the box” questions you could be asked. Interviewers ask these questions to see what sets you apart from other candidates.

Here are 10 out-of-the-box questions interviewers are likely to ask

1.    What weighs more; 100 tons of feathers or 100 tons of cement?

Answer: They weigh the same.

Most people would say cement because obviously cement weighs more than a feather. But as they both weigh 100 tons, neither one is heavier. This question is used to determine whether you listened to the full question and how good your listening abilities are.

2.    If a movie were made about your life so far, what would it be called?

This is used for the interviewer to find out more on your accomplishments and merits. It also determines what kind of work ethic you have and whether you can separate your personal life from your work life.

3.    If you were alone in a dark cabin, with only one match and a lamp, a fireplace, and a candle to choose from, which would you light first?

Answer: The match

To light the fireplace, candle or lamp you would need a match to light them first. This question is supposed to induce critical thinking and shows the employer that you are not just giving your opinion of what should be lit first but that you have genuinely given thought and analysed the question before answering.

4.    What has been your biggest failure and who was responsible for it?

Interviewers will be looking for open and genuine answers rather than something that sounds like it is being made up on the spot. Take your time and think of something that you know you failed at and it explain it honestly. If the person that was responsible for the failure was you, then own up to it and talk about it. Owning up to failures shows responsibility and proves that you are courageous and have integrity. The answer you have to this question will show a lot about your personality.

5.    If you were an animal, what kind would you be?

This question is supposed to let the interviewer determine what kind of personality you have. You need to be as creative as possible when picking an animal but make sure that it also reflects who you are as a person. Remember to give a description as to why you think you’re that animal as well.

Example: An ant because they’re exceptional team players and work very hard to get their jobs done.

6.    10 years into the future and your name in plastered on the front page of every newspaper. What would the story be about?

The key to answering this is to be creative. It could be because you flew over the world in a hot air balloon or you have climbed every mountain the world. Make sure your answer sounds creative, ambitious and interesting.

7.    What’s one of the biggest risks you’ve taken?

Try not to tell them about anything illegal or danger related. It doesn’t make you sound like a good candidate to hire and will most likely jeopardize your chances of getting the job. Instead, talk about any leadership roles that you might have had to play in the past where as a leader, you had to take calculated risks. Or point out any work experience you may have done that was out of your comfort zone. This will show the interviewer that you are proactive in your roles and willing to try things that you may not feel overly comfortable doing.

8.    There are a dozen eggs in a carton. Twelve people each take a single egg, but there is one egg left in the carton. How?

Answer: The twelfth person to take an egg did not take the egg out of the carton. Instead, they took the carton with the egg. 

This question challenges you to break the regular pattern of thinking by making you think outside the concept that has already been given to you. Employers want to be able to see people that can challenge themselves to break outside of patterns they’re so used to.

9.    Describe the colour yellow to someone who can’t see.

It is incredibly tricky to describe colours; especially when we use colours to describe other things. This question is supposed to test how big your vocabulary is whilst seeing how well you can communicate.  To answer this question, you need to use very rich and creative descriptors. Tune into the five senses – touch, taste, smell, sight and sound.

10.  What would you change about our office?

This question allows the interviewer to see if you’re not worried about giving opinions on things you wouldn’t usually be asked for by an employer. The trick is to stay confident and believe in what you say. Stick to your guns if they question you about why you chose something in the office to change.