Whether you're applying for an internship, going for a promotion or looking for a career change, jobs mean interviews and interviews mean questions. Some are pretty straightforward like "Why did you apply for this job?" or "What is your name?" Others might be slightly more confusing - "If you were a shoe, what kind of shoe would you be?" To help you out we've provided some incredibly handy responses to ten of these off-the-wall, genuine interview questions. Now go forth and apply for things!
Question: How do you get an elephant in a fridge?
Answer: You can get an elephant into a fridge relatively easily because they are contrary and curious creatures. That means all that is required is a sign saying 'no elephants' and voila. The better question would be 'How do you get an elephant out of your fridge once he's climbed in?'
Question: If Germans were the tallest people in the world how would you prove it?
Answer: Pick the tallest person in Germany and then announce a global competition with a lot of prize money for the person who is taller than them. If you have no winner then you've proven your point. If you do have a winner you will have lost. Also you will have a potential lawsuit over the prize money.
Question: Which punctuation mark describes you best?
Answer: The interrobang.
Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, rate me as an interviewer
Answer: You were on course for a perfect 10 until you asked this question. Would you like to take a minute to think up something better and more relevant so I can grade you on that instead?
Question: Have you ever stolen a pen from work?
Answer: Not my own work, no. Banks? Yes. Train stations? Sure. Those little stubby pencils from Ikea? All the time. But never my own workplace.
Question: How do you make a tuna sandwich?
Answer: You get two tuna fish, butter them on one side, add whichever filling you prefer and then press them together.
Question: A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
Answer: Well, clearly he's here for a job interview but he's got the wrong time because he has interrupted mine. If he were a polite penguin he would probably apologise and leave but given he is already rudely wearing a sombrero indoors he would probably say something offensive.
Question: How many cows are in Canada?
Question: What do you think about garden gnomes?
Answer: Why? What have they been saying about me?
Question: You have a birthday cake and have exactly three slices to cut it into eight equal pieces. How do you do it?
Answer: Looking down on the circular side use two slices to cut it into quarters. Then just turn it sideways and slice along the cream and jam layer. Three slices, eight pieces of cake. (Don't say we never tell you anything genuinely useful!)