Fun Interview Questions (With 30 example questions)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated 17 November 2022 | Published 16 August 2021

Updated 17 November 2022

Published 16 August 2021

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When you have an upcoming interview, consider preparing for both standard and non-standard questions. Some employers include funny questions, riddles, and other unusual questions during the interview process, and researching responses for fun interview questions can help ensure that you are prepared for a variety of questions interviewers may ask. In this article, we explain why interviewers ask fun questions, provide some key strategies for answering them and review some example answers.

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Why do interviewers choose to ask fun interview questions?

Here are some reasons an interviewer may ask fun questions while interviewing you:

  • Include an icebreaker

  • Understand if you will fit in with the team

  • Better understand your personality

  • Test your ability to think creatively

  • Assess your problem-solving skills and how you work under stress

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How to answer funny job interview questions

These are some strategies you can use when answering unusual interview questions:

1. Take your time when answering the question

Taking your time to think before you answer a random interview question can demonstrate to the interviewer that you can stay calm and focused in new situations. Pause for a moment so you can plan your answer.

2. Be honest

With unusual interview questions, there isn't often one right answer. The interviewer is often most interested in how you think rather than your actual response. You may find that fun questions provide a welcome opportunity to relax and be yourself.

3. Clarify the question with the interviewer

Ask the interviewer to repeat or clarify a question if you do not immediately understand. Ask any follow-up questions you may have and then compose your response. As well as gaining time to formulate your answer, you may also benefit from additional information the interviewer provides as they repeat the question for you.

4. Share your reasoning while answering the question

Explain your thinking to the interviewer to demonstrate your critical thinking skills effectively. Walk them through how you approach a strange or difficult question. Approach your reasoning from different angles so they can see that you understand that there may not be a single correct answer.

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30 funny interview questions

Here are 30 funny interview questions a potential employer may ask you in your next interview:

  1. How would you describe a sunset to a person who is visually impaired?

  2. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you and why?

  3. What do you think is the answer to world peace?

  4. If you could have a superpower, what would you choose?

  5. How many items of luggage pass through Heathrow airport daily?

  6. What animal would you compare yourself to and why?

  7. What was the last thing you looked up online?

  8. Do you consider yourself a hunter or a gatherer?

  9. If you could compare yourself to an animal, what would it be and why?

  10. If you could give a past supervisor one piece of advice, what would you say?

  11. What is one pointless product on the market today?

  12. If you were the only survivor in a plane crash, what would you do?

  13. If you were a brand, what would your motto be?

  14. How would you go about selling ice in Antarctica?

  15. If you had a time machine, would you choose to go to the future or the past?

  16. How would you go about solving world hunger?

  17. If you are alone in the car on a long drive, what do you think about?

  18. Here is £1000, can you double it in 24 hours?

  19. How many flights of steps do you think there are in the London Shard?

  20. Which film, TV, or book character do you most identify with?

  21. If you could gain a new skill or ability instantly what would you choose?

  22. Why is the sky blue?

  23. If there was someone in your life you could give this job to, who would you choose and why?

  24. If you were the CEO of this business, what three things would you change?

  25. If your toast falls butter side down on the floor, do you still eat it?

  26. Can you explain why manhole covers are round?

  27. If you ran away and joined the circus, what type of performer would you be?

  28. Would you rather fight one elephant-sized mouse or one hundred mouse-sized elephants?

  29. What one piece of music would you keep on repeat?

  30. How would you test an elevator?

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Example answers to fun interview questions

To give you a better idea of how to approach unusual or strange interview questions, take a look at these example funny interview questions and answers. Use the example answers to prepare responses during your interview. Here are some fun questions and example answers:

How many items of luggage pass through Heathrow Airport daily?

Interviewers are not expecting a precise answer since you are unable to count the luggage and most likely don't have the relevant information to hand. The interviewer is assessing is your ability to think logically about the question and formulate a reasonable estimate as your answer.

Example: 'Well, the number of luggage items would be directly related to the daily number of arrivals at the Heathrow Airport's terminals. For example, if half a million people arrive at Heathrow every day, and each person has at least one piece of luggage, the number would be at least half a million, and maybe as many as a million pieces of luggage moving through the airport and even more if you count hand luggage'

How would you go about selling ice in Antarctica?

This question probes your sales skills and techniques. Again, there is no textbook answer, but rather a closer look at how you use your imagination and critical thinking to make anything appear valuable enough to buy.

Example: 'Even though there is a lot of ice in Antarctica, there is not a lot of sanitised, frozen mineral water that comes in long-life solid blocks for easy storage. That's my sales angle!'

If there was someone in your life you could give this job to, who would you choose and why?

Your response to this question shows your personality and how you think about other people. It also indirectly encourages you to reflect on the personal traits and qualities that you feel would be good for the job.

Example: 'It sounds sentimental I know, but I would have to choose my dad. I say this because he is a real team player that makes things happen and would really encourage and nurture your team. He is a great listener and in our large family, it takes a lot of motivation and organisation to keep everyone on track.'

If you are alone in the car on a long drive, what do you think about?

This question is all about assessing your thoughtfulness and how you use your time to plan or dream. You may also use the time to listen to media or simply focus on making it to your destination safely.

Example: 'I really appreciate the privacy and solitude of a long drive as I can really allow my mind to rest from thinking about day-to-day obligations and objectives. On a drive, I remain in the present and enjoy the sights and sounds of the open road.'

If you were the only survivor in a plane crash, what would you do?

This question targets your emotional intelligence and compassion, but a concise, witty answer may also work, too. Though there is no right answer, a response that is imaginative and open will do well.

Example: 'I would distance myself from the wreckage and be thankful that I had been flying solo that day.'

Do you consider yourself a hunter or a gatherer?

This classic interview question is about helping the interviewer evaluate the strengths and weaknesses you will be bringing to the job you are interviewing for. Don't answer this question without giving an explanation of your choice.

Example: 'I'm definitely a gatherer. For me, being able to acquire information or resources from multiple places and combine or synthesise them helps me deliver the best outcomes.'

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