If aliens landed in front of you and, in exchange for anything you desire, offered you any position on their planet, what position would you propose?
The interviewer is testing to see how you react to an absurd and strange problem.
The way you understand and approach the solution to this type of unexpected question is translatable to how you work through any problem. For example, if you don’t understand a question or need clarification, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions shows how you work to thoroughly understand a question and are considering many factors for solution.
Why are manhole covers round?
This type of question may be asked for you to consider the design of an item that you see everyday.
You’re in a room with 3 light switches, each of which controls 1 of the 3 light bulbs in the next room. You need to determine which switch controls which bulb. All lights are off , and you can’t see into one room from the other. You can inspect the other room only once. How can you find out which switches are connected to which bulbs?
You have 8 balls. One of them is defective and weighs less than others. You have a balance to measure balls against each other. In 2 weightings, how do you find the defective one?
Imagine you are standing in front of a mirror and are facing it. Raise your left hand. Raise your right hand. Look at your reflection. When you raise your left hand, your reflection raises what appears to be his right hand. When you tilt your head up, your reflection does too, and does not appear to tilt his/her head down. Why is it that the mirror appears to reverse left and right, but not up and down?
If the time is 11:50, what is the angle between the two hands of the clock?
How would you describe a specific mathematical process/coding language/science system to a child?
There are 3 baskets. One basket contains apples, the other basket contains oranges only and the last basket contains a mixture of apples and oranges. Each basket is closed and is labeled with ‘Apples’, ‘Oranges’ and ‘Apples and Oranges’. However, each of these labels is always placed incorrectly. How would you pick only one fruit from a basket to place the labels correctly on all the baskets?
How would you test a calculator?
In asking an opinion question an interviewer is requiring you to share your perspective and to provide your rationale. It gives them an opportunity to see your thinking process, along with how you frame and substantiate your response.
When answering an opinion based question, it important to share specific facts to support your opinion. By being specific, you are sharing your rationale, and how you might form and share an opinion in a work setting.
What do you view as our company's greatest opportunities and largest obstacle right now?
The answer may not be the focal point of asking these questions. The interviewer would like to how you approach an unfamiliar, out-of-the-box problem.
There is no right answer to a creative thinking question. The interviewer may be looking for a variety of things from you by asking this type of question. For example, how quickly can you create a range of solutions reveals your thoughtfulness and quick-thinking ability. A key factor to keep in mind is the interviewer is wanting to see if you can articulate your creative solution with some reasoning.
What would you do with your life if money was not a concern?
How many ways can you use a paperclip?
See this pen, you have 5 minutes to sell it to me.
How would you weigh a plane without using scales?
If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all you human needs - such as food and water - were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
An interviewer asks personality questions to gauge your soft skills and various other aspects that your technical and professional experiences don't reveal about you as an employee. For example, with a personality question, the interviewer is able to understand your teamwork, work ethic and aspirations.
You are more than just your skills and accomplishments, and a personality or opinion question is an opportunity for you to demonstrate that! For example, the answers to these questions speak a lot for your creativity and inspiration. An opinion question presents you an opportunity to share a profession opinion. These types of questions can differentiate you from other candidates.