20 Bizarre Job Interview Questions, and How to Answer Them

1. If you had to plan a parade, what would be the theme?

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Online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos likes to pose some real stumpers to its job candidates, according to Business Insider. Candidates might be asked to rate their own weirdness on a scale of 1 to 10, or use their favorite curse word in a sentence about their last job. (Watch your @$%!$ mouth on that one.) But perhaps the most novel query: Some would-be employees are asked to provide the theme they would choose if they had to plan a parade.

Tips: This is one of those no-right-answer questions. Interviewers are likely looking to see if you can think on your feet and produce a decent plan off the top of your head. The parade can be to express your devotion to the Chicago Cubs or why “Weird Al” Yankovic is better than the Beatles — it doesn’t matter, as long as you come up with something and back it up with logical reasoning. Just don’t pull an obvious suck-up move by planning your parade around “responsibility” or “office cleanliness.” No one wants to hire Eddie Haskell.

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