Bristol Associates Out of the Box Interview Question Winners Elephant

We asked the professionals in our network, what is the most “out of the box” interview questions you’ve ever been asked? Winners of this Bristol Associates’ contest were rewarded with a Starbucks gift card.

If you were to give a prisoner on the death row his last meal, what item on your menu would you offer?

— Ed M.

I think the most “outside the box” question I was asked in a job interview was actually part of the application. I was asked to draw my favorite cartoon character. 

When I asked about the question after I had the job the response I got was, “We want to see that the person who gets to the interview and consideration for a job is ready to do something – anything – that the job requires; someone who is not too self-conscious, ready to take a risk. But most importantly, we want to have someone who is ready to have some fun.”

What a great way to get right to the makeup and character of a candidate.

— Tom E.

If you had to be a dessert, what would you be and why?

— Stacie B.

Where would you hide an elephant?

— Stephen H.


Bristol Associates is an executive search firm with a 49-year history of excellence. Bristol specializes in recruiting for companies and candidates in the casino gaming, food manufacturing, hospital/healthcare, hotels/resorts, travel/tourism/attractions, facilities/concessions, restaurant and nonprofit/arts businesses.

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One Comment

  1. I’ve seen a lot of strange questions asked in interviews over the years. When hiring new employees, I always remind newer people hosting the interview the advice that I learned from my HR classes while getting my MBA: only ask questions that apply to the job. While it may be tempting to get creative and ask someone “what type of vegetable they would be if given the choice,” unless their job entails vegi-transformation, you’re risking a potential law suit.

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