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Have you ever been baffled by a strange interview question such as  “What is your favorite animal?”?

The truth is these outlandish questions get asked at all types of companies and at times reveal just how you deal with stressful situations, the way you work and the way you think. If you’re really thrown off by an oddball question, stop for a moment, take a deep breath and think it out.

What is your favorite animal?

For this particular question it does not matter what animal you choose as long as you have a good reason for doing so. However it is probably better to pick a strong or intelligent animal, and then try to relate the animal to valuable job-related skills. For example an elephant is loyal and strong. A dolphin is intelligent and intuitive. A dog is protective and extremely supportive.

Here are some other questions that people have encountered and a little insight into what the interviewer may be looking for:

Would you rather know a lot about a little or a little about a lot?

Depending on the position you are interviewing for, there might be a right and wrong answer here. If the position requires you to wear many “hats” then you might like to know a little about alot. But if the position is very specialized and specific, you might be better suited for the role if you are the type of person who wants to know alot about a little.

What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?

The answer to this question can give insight into your personality. At first you might think “the poor penguin” which shows responsibility and compassion but on the other hand maybe penguins like living in cold places which is logical that you would leave them in the freezer.

Why are manhole covers round?

This question may be used to determine your ability to think on your feet but also assess creativity and problem-solving. Covers are round because the hole is round and the cover cannot fall through.

Manhole covers are designed to fit the concrete or metal cavities they are created to protect. This is the true answer.

What is the strangest job interview question you’ve ever been asked?
We’d love to get your take in the comments section.

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