56 Funny Interview Questions (Plus Sample Answers)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published 22 November 2021

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If you're interviewing for a job, a recruiter may ask you some funny interview questions. These questions may vary, but often require you to formulate a creative response or use your imagination. Learning about funny interview questions may help you excel when interviewers ask such questions. In this article, we discuss various types of funny interview questions and give some sample answers to these questions.

General funny interview questions

Here are some general funny interview questions:

  1. If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be and why?

  2. What would you do with a million dollars?

  3. You have two cows, but you have to give one away. How would you decide who gets it?

  4. What is your favourite type of doughnut and why?

  5. If your kitchen sink were overflowing and the power went out, what would you do first to stop the water from spilling all over the floor?

  6. If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

  7. If you were the last human on earth, how would you spend your final days?

  8. What is your favourite curse word?

  9. In the middle of the night, when everyone else in your house is sleeping, what do you do?

  10. Why don't sheep have knees?

  11. Why do astronomers always use large telescopes?

  12. If you had three wishes, what would they be?

  13. How many licks does it take to get to the centre of a lollipop?

  14. If you could have any animal, what kind would you choose? Why?

  15. If your dog was stolen, what would you do to find him/her?

  16. What is your least favourite vegetable?

  17. What do lawyers use paper clips for?

  18. What do you consider the most beautiful part of any animal and why?

  19. If you could be any vegetable for a day, which one would you choose and why?

  20. If you got to live forever, how would you spend your time?

  21. If your boss asked you to quit, what would you do?

  22. If you could change your name, what would it be?

  23. If you could win any prize in the world, what would it be?

  24. What is something you've always wanted to do but never had the opportunity to try out for?

  25. If I tried seven times and failed to get the job I wanted, what should I do on my eighth try?

  26. What kind of fish would live in the deepest part of the ocean?

  27. If you could be anyone for one day, who would it be? What would you do?

  28. If you were able to go back in time and change something, what would you change?

  29. If the only way to travel between two places was by hopping on one foot and there were no other options or modes of transportation available, which two places would it be and why?

  30. Which has the most smell: a skunk or a rose?

Interesting interview questions about experience and background

Here's a list of some interesting interview questions about your experience and background:

  1. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

  2. What is the most embarrassing story that happened to you when you were in school or at work?

  3. What was your biggest failure?

  4. What is the hardest thing you ever had to do in your life and how did you survive it?

  5. Tell me about the craziest place you've lived so far.

  6. If I gave you a chance to do anything in your life, what would it be?

  7. What was the most challenging part of your job for the last three months and what did you learn from it?

  8. Tell me about your favourite boss that you have ever had.

  9. What would you do if you were the CEO of a company and could ask someone to be your assistant?

  10. What skill or talent do you want to develop in yourself?

Interesting in-depth interview questions

Here's a list of some in-depth, interesting interview questions:

  1. What was your greatest achievement in life to date?

  2. Tell me about the most difficult decision you have had to make in your life and how did you handle it?

  3. Tell me about the most challenging boss you had and what was the reason behind that situation?

  4. Tell me something funny that happened to you recently and what was the reason behind it?

  5. What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you?

  6. Tell me about a time when you had to be really creative and it worked out great?

  7. What is your biggest pet peeve and why?

  8. If you had to be away from your family and friends for one month, where would you go and what would you do there?

  9. How do you react in a situation when things don't go as per your plan or expectations?

  10. How would you describe yourself in three words and why?

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Sample interesting interview questions and answers

Review some of these interesting interview questions and answers to provide you with ideas on how you to best answer these types of questions in your next interview:

1. Someone gives you an elephant. You can't sell it or give it away. What do you do with the elephant?

A potential employer may ask you this question so they can gain an understanding of how you prioritise, think and problem solve. There's no right answer to this question, but consider how you handle yourself in other unexpected situations and provide the interviewer with a positive response that involves you making the best out of the situation.

Example: "If someone gave me an elephant that I couldn't sell or give away, I'd probably take care of it, feed it, sell my car and ride it to work. This way, I save money and the elephant gets exercise."

Related: 10 Questions to Ask an Interviewee (With Example Answers)

2. If you could choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what song would you choose and why?

This question helps the interviewer better understand your personality and how you view yourself. To help the interviewer understand your answer, describe the song to them or tell them some lyrics if they have never heard it.

Example: "I'd play 'Don't You Worry Bout a Thing' by Stevie Wonder. I chose that song because it tends to make people feel carefree and lighthearted when they hear it. I think sometimes people can worry about things that are out of their control, and I'd like to think that there's isn't much to worry about when I'm around. It's also a song you can dance to if you want to, and many people know the lyrics to sing along."

3. What do you think about when you are alone in a car?

An interviewer may ask this question to assess how thoughtful you are and to see if you plan for things involving your work or home life. The best way to answer this question is to answer honestly about what you think about most often. You may provide an example from a recent car ride if you can remember.

Example: "If it's in the evening, I typically think about what good I have accomplished that day, and if it's in the morning, I think about how I can be my best that day. I also try to practise gratitude and live in the present moment while I'm driving to avoid distractions."

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4. If you could have any superhero power, what power would you have and why?

Your answer to this question gives your interviewer a good idea of your leadership capabilities. The best way to answer this question is to consider what you can do with each superpower and explain what you'd do if you had it.

Example: "I'd want to fly because I don't like traffic and I've never seen things from a bird's-eye view before, besides looking from an aircraft window."

Related: 13 Competency-Based Interview Questions and How to Prepare

5. What would you do if you were the only survivor in a plane crash?

Interviewers may ask this question to gauge your level of compassion and emotional intelligence. The best way to answer this question is to remain positive and state how you would learn from the experience. This shows your independent nature and your accountability.

Example: "I'd be happy that I flew alone that day, and then I'd probably complete more hours of flight training before I flew a plane again."

6. Are you a gatherer or a hunter?

This question helps interviewers discern what your strengths and weaknesses would be in the role you're interviewing for. Select which type you are and then explain your reasoning.

Example: "I'm a hunter. I like to go after the things I want and close deals that seem impossible to find or make happen. I truly enjoy researching and discovering new ways to do things."

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