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So you’re on a job interview, you’re already nervous, then, you get to the “bizarre questions”! What do I mean by that? Well, in the last few years companies have been asking their interviewers to try and really get “inside the heads” of prospective employees. So they ask questions like “If you were a tree, what kind would you be?” So HOW does one answer such a question, and what IS the point?

Well I did some research for ya and here’s what I got! Hope it helps and good luck on your job hunt!

If you were a tree (or animal) what kind of tree (animal) would you be?

For either one, pick something strong and/or intelligent like a tiger or lion and try to relate the animal to the skills needed on the job. – no snakes and nothing fluffy and cuddly. For trees, pick an oak (strong and long-lived) and not a weeping willow.

If you were a Star Trek® [or Star Wars® ] character, which one would it be?

This is easy. There are a lot of fun and “pop” quizzes based on sci-fi personalities. Pick a character that is a leader and a bit of a risk-taker. Captain Kirk, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Spock, Sarek, etc.

What is your favorite color?

There are some personality and work-styles quizzes based on colors.

You are invited to a large cocktail party at a country club. When you arrive, the room where the party is being held is already over half full of people. How do they react to you when you enter the room?

This question tests for self-confidence.

Why are manhole covers round?

This question is looking for a creative answer.

What is your favorite drink?

Personality my be a little like a drink, but an answer to this question also may tell your employer whether you drink alcohol or not. In order to keep health insurance costs low, the company may try to hire non-drinkers.

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

This would show planning and personality traits.

What is the last book you read?

Employers like employees who read the newspaper and magazines related to their industry.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be?

- shows interests and creativity

What was the last movie you went to see?

- shows interests

What is your favorite movie (song)?

- shows interests

How would you explain a database in three sentences to your eight-year-old nephew?

This one shows creativity and your ability to summarize a topic.

How many gas stations would you say there are in the United States?

This one displays how you think about solving a large problem. It’s about estimations vs. actual calculations and sometimes you can do both.

If aliens landed in front of you and, in exchange for anything you desire, offered you any position on their planet, what would you want?

- creativity

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be?

- shows interests and personality

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

- shows interests, self-confidence and personality

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

- creativity, personality

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

- creativity, personality, accomplishments

If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?

- creativity, goals, planning

If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?

- goes to personality. May also let the company know if you are iikely to enjoy unhealthy food and raise their insurance rates!

If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?

-creativity, goals, planning, generousity, responsibility.

If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?

-personality

If you were a car, what kind would you be?

- personality

If you were written about in the newspaper, on the front page, what would the headline say?

- creativity, personality, accomplishments

Who do you like best, you mom or dad?

I’d be careful of this one and say I liked them both. Don’t indicate family problems in an interview. Say something about what each parent taught you that has helped you become a success inlife.

What kind of people do you dislike?

Be careful with this one, because if you name any minority class of individuals or political party, you will be branded a bigot or “one of them.”. Say that there are no particular people you dislike, although you find some behaviors annoying – such as not completing work assignments on time, wasting the company’s time gossiping, etc.

What makes you angry?

Be careful about admitting to having episodes of anger. Indicate that you handle problems as they arise so that they don’t build up to the anger point.

How many close friends do you have?

Most people do not have a lot of close friends, so don’t say you do if you don’t. Saying you have a lot of really close friends may make you seem like a liar or a shallow person if they are not close. Most people have a handful of really close friends, but many more casual friends.

In a small room you have a refridgerator, if you left the door of the ‘fridge open would the temp in the room fall or would the temp in the ‘fridge rise? Why?

Heat moves into less-heated areas because heated electrons move faster than cold ones, so the fridg temp would rise.

Majority of this info was from bloggers at hubpages and wikihow (if you haven’t tried wiki how yet, you are SO missing!)