Not all interviewers ask standard interview questions about your background and qualifications. Some potential employers want to know who you are by providing you with funny questions or brain teasers to answer during your interview. These questions help you to demonstrate your quick-thinking ability and personality. In this article, we discuss why interviewers ask funny questions and how to answer them. We also provide you with sample answers to funny interview questions.
Interviews for Top Jobs at Vibes
Customer Success Manager Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Vibes (Paris)
Met with 3 different people that held the position. Then met with the Director that was not very friendly. She told me that there were still processes that needed to be polished and updated and that this would be a huge learning curve. I did not sense that she was happy to be doing the interview that day.
- Can you tell me about a time that you had to solve a difficult issue with a customer?
I interviewed at Vibes
Phone Interview with recruiter. Then you do an interview with the hiring manager. It was a straight forward process. She asked around 10 situational questions and I answered them by giving examples of my past jobs and internships.
- What motivates you in your career
I applied online. I interviewed at Vibes (Moscow, Moskva)
Terrible at communicating and all over the place. Phone interview was supposed to be with someone from HR then ended up being someone from the department. Then for the in-person interview, 1 person was unprepared and said that they had just thrown it onto her calendar. Had to call another one in. Another asked for documents and said “they didn’t tell you to submit/bring it?” Seems indicative of a lack of communication between the company’s HR department and other employees. After the interview, radio silence for over a week and I had to email them again to follow up. Hiring managers/HR really need to get it together.
- Where are you in the hiring process right now? Do you have other companies you’re looking at?
If you could have any superhero power, what power would you have and why?
Your answer to this question gives your interviewer a good idea of your leadership capabilities. Leaders might be more inclined to choose the ability to fly over invisibility. The best way to answer this question is to consider what you can do with each superpower and explain what youd do if you had it.
Example: “Id want to fly if I could have any superpower—partly because I dont like traffic, and Ive never seen things from a birds-eye view before, besides looking from an aircraft window.”
What do you think about when you are alone in a car?
An interviewer may ask this question to assess how thoughtful you are and to see if you plan for things involving your work or home life. The best way to answer this question is to answer honestly about what you think about most often. You may provide an example from a recent car ride if you can remember.
Example: “If it is in the evening, I typically think about what good I have accomplished that day, and if it is in the morning, I think about how I can be my best that day. I also try to practice gratitude and live in the present moment while Im driving to avoid distractions.”
Why do interviewers ask funny interview questions?
Interviewers may ask funny interview questions to see if you fit in with the rest of the team. Potential employers ask these questions to get an understanding of your true personality, to gauge your ability to think quickly and to get the conversation flowing. Your answers demonstrate your critical thinking process, creative thinking abilities, problem-solving skills and ability to work under stress.
What Is Emotional Intelligence and Why Are Interviewers Asking About It?
While emotional intelligence may not be something that’s always on your mind in the workplace, it’s working constantly below the surface, impacting how you and colleagues interact on a daily basis and how effectively you complete your projects and meet your goals.
Also known as EQ, it encompasses both internal and external elements, and you can build it up like a muscle. “I think of it as having two components,” says Patricia Thompson, PhD, a corporate psychologist and creator of the “21-Day Crash Course in Emotional Intelligence,” which more than 18,000 students have completed. The first component is “your ability to understand yourself and [your] emotions, and based on that being able to regulate yourself appropriately,” Thompson says. The second, she says, is “to understand others’ emotions to relate to them…and to have a high level of social awareness to use those insights.” In other words, can you recognize and process your own emotions and keep them under control? And are you in tune enough with others to perceive, interpret, and empathize with their emotions?
It’s not just about getting a feel-good vibe from your workplace. Instead, EQ deeply impacts your relationships with bosses, coworkers, and clients as well as your productivity and your ability to come up with and implement successful strategies. Plus, the increased focus on preventing workplace burnout—labeled an “occupational phenomenon” by the World Health Organization—necessitates hiring employees with high EQ, as they can help create a healthier workplace for themselves and others, and eventually will become leaders who do the same.
For all those reasons, you can expect recruiters and hiring managers to be looking for individuals with high EQ. In an interview, questions about your EQ might come at you in the form of behavioral questions (which ask you to share examples of how you’ve acted in certain situations) and other questions that prompt you to share how you process, manage, and perceive emotions. It can even look like the simple “What weaknesses are you working to overcome?” question, for example, which can suss out how self-aware you are, how you take feedback, and how you deal with frustration.
So it’s important to know which common interview questions and other queries you’re most likely to encounter from a recruiter or hiring manager looking to assess EQ—as well as why they’re asking and how to answer.
Tell Me About a Time You Experienced a Setback and How You Dealt With It.
This question is an indicator of resilience, Thompson says. Someone with high EQ tends to use setbacks to learn and ultimately gain the advantage of new knowledge about themselves, others, and workplace processes that will help them avoid similar issues and set them up to succeed the next time around. Those with low EQ might wallow for an extended time, blame others, try to change the circumstances, or fail to see the lesson or bigger picture.
Future employers looking for high EQ are trying to see how you reacted to the setback in the moment: Did you get agitated and snap at your coworker? Did you let the problem fester and grow because you didn’t want to deal with it? Or did you handle it gracefully and see it as a learning opportunity for you and your team? If you can choose a time when a setback actually resulted in a better outcome, or led to an improved process in the future, all the better. Once again, you can use the STAR method to structure your answer—just avoid speaking negatively about your colleagues and don’t forget to emphasize the results and learnings.
What are the most revealing interview questions?
- “If I went to one of your former managers, what would they say is their favorite part of working with you, and what would they say is challenging about working with you?”
- “Tell me about a time you failed.”
What are the top 10 behavioral questions in an interview?
- Tell Me About Yourself. …
- Why Are You the Best Person for the Job? …
- Why Do You Want This Job? …
- How Has Your Experience Prepared You for This Role? …
- Why Are You Leaving (or Have Left) Your Job? …
- What Is Your Greatest Strength? …
- What Is Your Greatest Weakness?
What are the 10 most common interview questions and answers examples?
- How do you handle a challenge? …
- Can you work effectively under pressure? …
- How do you set goals?
- Can you handle criticism?
- How do you handle a mistake pointed out to you? …
- What’s your ideal approach if you disagree with someone at work?