Interview Gone Awry!
Recently the website Glassdoor released a list of the “Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2014.”Coincidentally, we’ve had some recent additions to the TRG Reality staff in the past couple of months. No, we didn’t ask these wacky questions to our newest employees, but we couldn’t help but wonder how they would’ve respond to these off-the-wall questions. Thus, we took David Miller, Rob Lohr, and Hannah Hlavin to task for our latest blog installment. Please note that we asked each employee the questions individually, and they were not shown the questions ahead of time.
1. If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the TRG office, what type of parade would it be?
Rob: Penguin and puppy parade!
Hannah: Whoa. Hmm…we should do a parade in honor of Bridget leaving - a farewell parade.
2. How lucky are you and why?
David: Very lucky, I would say. I have three healthy girls, and I’m very happy.
Rob: As lucky as everyone else because luck isn’t real.
Hannah: I’m not too lucky at all.
3. If you were a pizza deliveryman, how would you benefit from scissors?
David: So many things come to mind. I guess if someone were to plastic wrap my car while I was delivering, as a prank, and I have to cut my way back into the car.
Rob: Probably keep them on me because people never cut those coupons off.
Hannah: As a weapon.
4. If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?
David: First thing that comes to mind is Juvenile’s “Back That Thang Up.”
Rob: “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
Hannah: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” or Don McClean’s “American Pie.”
5. Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
Rob: I’m a hunter of problems and a gatherer of solutions.
Hannah: Hunter. I grew up on farm.
6. If you were on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would you bring?
David: (After a long pause.) Well, completely opposite from the song I chose, I would bring a Bible. I’m thinking a volleyball, I guess (he referenced the show Last Man on Earth), and an unlimited supply of chicken wings.
Rob: Satellite phone, solar battery charger, tent.
Hannah: An inflatable chair to use in and out of water, my pizza delivery scissors, and rum.
7. If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
David: Lucky Charms
Rob: French Toast Crunch
Hannah: Cap’N Crunch
8. Do you believe in Big Foot?
Hannah: Mmmm…hmmm…(looks up to ceiling). I believe there could be something prehistoric roaming around…(another long pause). Nah.
9. Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?
David: For better traction? Is that the right word? Traction, sure.
Rob: It’s fuzzy for the aerodynamics.
Hannah: Traction against the court.
10. What is your least favorite thing about humanity?
David: It’s a first world problem, but traffic.
11. How would you use Yelp to find the number of businesses in the US?
David: What is Yelp?
Rob: To search for a business that specializes in statistics, and then hire them to tell me the answer.
Hannah: Search everything.
12. How honest are you?
David. Pretty honest.
Rob: Honest enough to tell you that’s a dumb question.
Hannah: Pretty honest. I’m not an open book, so if you ask me anything, I’ll tell it.
13. How many square feet of pizza is eaten in the US each year?
Rob: Too much.
Hannah: Whatever the square feet of the US is.
14. Can you instruct someone how to make an origami “cootie catcher” with just words?”
Rob: What’s a cootie catcher? (After pantomime by Bridget.) Yes.
Hannah: (Uncannily uses same pantomime as Bridget to clarify.) No.
15. If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?
David: Don’t get married too young.
Rob: I don’t want children.
Hannah: Listen to good music.
16. You’re a new addition to the crayon box; what color would you be?
David: Periwinkle Blue.
Rob: Color doesn’t matter; it’s how sharp you are.
Hannah: Banana Hlavinder (She wanted it spelled that way specifically as a play on her last name. Clever.)
17. How does the Internet work?
David: Lots of 0s and 1s.
Rob: (Laughs) A giant jug that needs to be filled.
Hannah: The love child of Bill Gates and Al Gore run the Internet.
18. If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?
David: Kevin James.
Rob: Jesse Eisenberg.
Hannah: Jennifer Lawrence for my young years; Kate Hudson for my 30s; Angelina Jolie for whatever she is; Meryl Streep for the rest of my years.
19. What is the color of money?
Hannah: It differs per country.
20. What was the last gift you gave someone?
David: A stay at a Bed and Breakfast with the wife.
Rob: A $50 Amazon gift card.
Hannah: Concert tickets.
21. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
David: I don’t know. Nothing that really stands out.
Rob: This whole interview tops the day for sure.
Hannah: This interview.
22. How many snow shovels sold in the US last year?
David: I’d say 250,000.
Rob: However many people that don’t own a snow blower.
23. It’s Thursday. We’re staffing you on a telecommunications project in Calgary, Canada on Monday. Your flight and hotel are booked; your visa is ready. What are the top five things you do before you leave?
David: Kiss my wife and kids goodbye, put on some comfortable shoes, get a little snack, check my email, and call my momma.
Rob: Check the weather, pack accordingly, make sure electronic gadgets are charged, remember to pack up work that needs to go on the trip, and feed the cat.
Hannah: Shower, brush teeth, I guess pack, binge watch all the TV I’m missing for the next week, and get some snowshoes.
24. What are the benefits of wearing a seatbelt?
David: So your face doesn’t smash into the windshield.
Rob: It protects you in a car accident.
25. Have you ever been on a boat?
Hannah: I have.
As you can clearly see, several of the answers given were in good fun, but a few were taken fairly seriously. We’re pretty sure some fantastic psychological research could come out of these results. For instance, two other women also thought to use the “pizza delivery scissors” as a weapon. Why did everyone pick a sugary kids cereal? No one brought another person with them to the island for question #6. And why don’t we have more office parades! Truly, the psychoanalysis of these questions and answers knows no end. It would appear the companies that asked these interview questions may have been on to something.
So, what’s the weirdest question you’ve been asked in an interview, and how did you answer it? Let us know in the comment section below.