Weird interview questions scare job candidates, a study has shown - but how would you deal with these curveball questions?

 
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Here's a study straight from the university of the bleeding obvious: crazy interview questions terrify the wits out of job candidates.

That's according to a study by CV-Library, anyway, which found one in 10 job hunters would be put off applying to a company if they knew it asked curveball interview questions - while a quarter said those types of questions don't cover the facts an interviewer needs to know.

In fact, more than half of the 1,200 workers surveyed said zany interview questions were not the right approach, while 35 per cent said they don't reveal whether the candidate's right for the job or not.

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There was a bit of praise for weird interview questions, though: 64 per cent said they help an interviewer assess whether the candidate is able to think on their feet.

As part of the study, CV-Library also asked people to give it the worst interview questions they've ever been asked. Would these throw you?

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Job candidates' weirdest interview questions revealed

Question Candidate's response
When a hot dog expands, in which direction does it split and why? I was stumped.
How would you deal with an explosive being thrown through the window in the workplace? I’m just hoping I’m never faced with that situation.
Are you able to deal with banter? I immediately began questioning what the company culture would be like there.
How lucky are you and why? I hope it wasn’t because I’m Irish.
If you were a Disney character which would you be and why? I knew the answer straight away of course...
If the bar was busy and a local came in from a farm, smelly from muck spreading with his pet goose on a lead, would you refuse to serve him? I was applying for a summer job in a pub...
If you were a Microsoft Office program, which one would you be and why? I found it quite humorous despite being a little lost for words
What would be your preferred shoe size? I couldn’t work out what that had to do with being an accountant (or with any job for that matter).
What would you serve for a breakfast for an African king? To this day I don’t know what the right answer to this question is.
Would you be prepared to break the law? Needless to say I would not, and I quickly declined the job offer.

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