Tom Sorensen | NPAworldwide

Absurd and stupid interview questions never to use




If you were a doughnut, what kind would you be? Are you a nerd? Can you count to 50?

I couldn’t stop laughing when I recently read the list of naive and brainless interview questions that are used by insane HR departments around the world. 

But it gets worse. Be annoyed or have a laugh.

  • Will you keep sober at our New Year Party?
  • What leadership skills are needed to cook a chicken?
  • Would you go out with me?
  • Do you have a bird?
  • How much can you drink?
  • What would make you leave your husband?
  • How do you get along with your mother-in-law?
  • If you could be Batman or Robin, which one would you be?

Needless to say and unfortunately these and similar questions are truly very poor predictors of job success (as famously noted by Google’s former SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock).


From Glassdoor’s Top 10 oddball question list

See how crazy interview questions are used by global companies like Cisco, Bloomberg, and Goldman Sachs. Not to copy mind you! Read more…


Most used questions by professional recruiters 

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Remember, conducting fair and constructive interviews helps ensure that you attract top talent and create a positive candidate experience, even if they are not ultimately selected for the position.


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