Updated: Jul 19, 2020
Interviews are a great way to test one's presence of mind, personality, and creativity. In order to shine in interviews, one must have a comprehensive knowledge of the subject he/she is interviewing for along with a sense of humor and a pinch of genius.
So, here are 10 important interview questions which are frequently asked along with their most creative and badass answers which can truly reflect the knowledge of a candidate.
Interviewer: Why should I hire you?
Candidate: Because Sir, I can up the sales of your company's laptops to more than twice of what it is at present!
Interviewer: Can you chalk out your plan?
Candidate: Sure sir.
Right now, the price of your company's cheapest laptop is Rs.35,000 and the price of your rival company's laptop is rs.34,000. Now, your company sells approximately 1 lakh of these laptops per year making your revenue from these laptops a total of 100,000*35,000 = 350 crores.
But your rival company sells 1.5 lakh of such laptops per year making a total revenue of 150,000*34,000= 510 crores.
Now, let's do 2 things with your 35,000 rupees laptop,
A. Reduce its price to 33,000, and,
B. Give free internet connection of your own company along with it.
Now, your company’s sales of these laptops will become more than double due to these 2 factors,
1.Less pricing, and,
2. Free internet which every person loves to have and is the greatest need of the hour.
Hence, the total revenue your company will generate from these laptops will be(considering now you sell 2.5 lakhs of these laptops a year).
33,000*2,50,000 = 825 crores!
Which will make you way ahead of your rival company. Also, the free internet connection will give you free mouth publicity to your company thereby saving crores of promotional costs.
Also, the revenue that you will lose out on free internet connection can be easily compensated by launching some paid plans with a much faster internet connection. As people will now be glued to your company's internet connection, many of them will also be willing to buy the paid plan as per their needs.
By this technique, you will not only be able to increase the sales and revenue from your cheapest laptop but also be able to diversify your business(through the launching of internet plans).
Interviewer: Tell me something about yourself?
Candidate: Sir, I have a request first.
Interviewer: Sure, do tell.
Candidate: Can you write on a piece of paper the qualities you are looking for in a candidate. I request you. Then I will tell you about myself.
Interviewer: That's a weird request but okay.
(Writes confident, diplomatic and innovative on the paper as these are usually the qualities that an interviewer looks for in a candidate).
Here you go. Now, tell me about yourself.
Candidate: Sir, I already did.
Interviewer: What? When?
Candidate: Sir, the 3 qualities that you have written on a piece of paper describes me perfectly.
Interviewer: How do I believe you?
Candidate: Asking you to write the qualities after you asked me a question shows my confidence considering the situation I am in.
Me revealing myself in those qualities enough but not too much shows my diplomacy.
And all this exercise in which you asked the question and I made you answer your own question shows that I am innovative.
Interviewer: What is the difference between being wise, intelligent, and clever?
Candidate: Sir, let’s take an example.
Suppose you went to a jungle with 3 of your friends and encountered a lion.
Now let me elaborate upon all the three features separately.
If you are clever.
You will just think about your life and will run away from the lion but faster than your friends because the slowest one will become the meal of the lion. Hence, a clever person is usually selfish.
If you are intelligent.
You will try to distract or scare away the lion by some means (like fire or making the voice of some other animal) and then run away along with all of your friends. Hence, an intelligent person is usually is not selfish and knows the value of human life.
If you are wise.
You will already be prepared for a situation like this (As you are wise and experienced) and will take a gun beforehand to kill the lion in such a situation. Now, the lion has to think about saving its own life and not you or your friends! Hence a wise person is always prepared for anything due to his experience because he knows what is about to go down.
Interviewer: You have 10 minutes to impress me.
Candidate: Okay sir. Can I do anything in this period to impress you?
Interviewer: Yes, but in limits.
Candidate: Sure, sir. Let switch positions. Me being the interviewer and you being the candidate. Is that okay?
(Time left: 9 minutes).
Candidate: You have 8 minutes to impress me, Mr. XYZ!
Interviewer: (confused) Alright. Thinks for about 2 minutes and then starts to tell me about his academic accomplishments.
Candidate: No, no. That I have seen in your resume. Impress me with something out of the box.
Interviewer: (Thinks for the rest of the time. Probably is not able to give a satisfactory answer).
Candidate: Time up! Sir let’s switch positions again.
Candidate: Sir, just 1 minute is left from your given time of 10 minutes and I want to say something to you in this time. I just wanted to show you that how hard is it to impress someone in 10 minutes by thinking outside the box and that too when you are in such a stressful situation and can do things in limits only. I asked you to impress me in 8 minutes and you were unable to do that despite you being the person in power and having no fear or limitations on you.
Pay special attention to time management (1+8+1) here.
Interviewer: Suppose you are an IAS officer and visiting a village for an inspection. Suddenly a girl comes in front of you and proposes to you. Will you report her to the police?
Candidate: No sir, I will not report her.
Candidate: Because nowhere it is written in Indian laws that proposing someone is a crime and hence it does not forms the basis of reporting. However, if she follows me or stalks me everywhere, then it will form the basis of harassment and then I will definitely report her.
Interviewer: Nice application of knowledge.
Interviewer: Suppose when you were preparing for civil services, your girlfriend left you because you were too busy in your preparation. After you become an IAS, she comes back to you. Will you accept her now?
Candidate: Sir, I may and I may not.
Interviewer: Can you please elaborate.
Me: If she had left me so that I could focus completely on my studies, I will definitely accept her and if she had left me otherwise, I will definitely reject her.
Interviewer: But how will you ascertain the reason for her leaving you as she will state the first reason only after coming back?
Me: Sir, I will not ask her the reason. I will see if she maintained contacts with my family or my close friends and asked them about me and my preparation even after leaving me. If that’s the case, she was definitely concerned about my studies and hence left me and in that scenario, she is the one!
Interviewer: Sell me this pen.
Candidate: Sir, which company’s pen do you use?
Interviewer: XYZ company.
Candidate: Sir, this is a pen from my company. We have recently introduced it in the market. You should use it. It’s very good.
Interviewer: Prove it!
Candidate: Sir what is the normal life of the refill of a pen if used frequently?
Interviewer: It’s about 7 days.
Candidate: And our pen works for 2 months when used in the same frequency.
Interviewer: Okay! what is the cost?
Candidate: It costs 4 times the cost of your pen.
Interviewer: Then why should I buy an expensive pen?
Candidate: Because it will be economical for you. Let me break out the math here. If you use your pen frequently then how many refills you have to change within a period of 2 months.
Interviewer: about 8 or 9.
Candidate: And what is the cost of each refill of your pen?
Interviewer: About rs. 5.
Candidate: So the total cost of refills becomes Rs. 40–45 for 2 months, right?
Candidate: Now our pen’s single refill works for 2 months straight without getting exhausted. And the price of our pen’s one refill is 4 times that of your pen’s refill and that is 5 multiplied by 4, that is Rs. 20. So, your expenses on refills for 2 months will reduce to less than half! It’s like a long term investment which is extremely beneficial for you.
Interviewer: Alright, But how do I know that your pen’s refill will work for 2 months?
Candidate: Sir, this is a sample pen I am giving you for free. Take this and see it by yourself. If you get satisfied with it, order the whole carton of it.
Interviewer: Why the whole carton?
Candidate: Because our pen’s ink does not dry for 5 years. So there is no harm in keeping the stock. Who knows that in the future because of inflation, our company may increase the price of the pens. So it’s a win-win situation for you to order the stock.
Interviewer: Sign on this paper.
Candidate: *Signs on the paper with a pencil*
Interviewer: Give me back the paper?
Candidate: *Erases the sign with the eraser and then returns the paper*
Interviewer: Why did you erase that?
Candidate: You could have taken advantage of my sign on a blank paper.
Interviewer: Okay, now sign on that paper with a pen.
Candidate: *Signs on that paper with a pen*
Interviewer: Now give me that paper.
Candidate: *Tears off the part of the paper that is signed and gives the remaining paper to the interviewer.
Interviewer: Why did you tear that off?
Candidate: You could have taken advantage of my sign on a blank paper.
Interviewer: Okay, now sign on the paper with a pen but don’t tear it off.
Candidate: *Signs with a pen*
Interviewer: Now give me the paper(With an evil smile).
Candidate: Okay sir! *Cuts my sign with multiple lines and hands the paper to the interviewer*.
Interviewer: If you have to leave me high and dry by not giving me the signed paper, why did you do it in the first place itself?
Candidate: Sir whatever I did solves my two purposes.
A. I followed your orders (As you asked me to sign the paper which I did).
B. I saved myself from getting rejected based on the fact that I gave a blank paper to a stranger with my signature on it.
Interviewer: But you didn’t follow my one order. I asked you to hand me the paper which you handed me after removing the sign.
Candidate: Yes, I did follow your that order too. I handed you the paper. You never asked about handing you the SIGNED paper! Even if you might have asked me to do that also, I would have done the same as I did right now!
Candidate: Because in that case, you wouldn’t have mentioned my sign’s condition(intact or destroyed). I would have cut the sign and then given it to you. But still, it would have been the SIGNED paper!
Interviewer: You are watching a movie in a theater alone and suddenly you saw 4 goons. One of them pointed the gun at you and took a shot. You didn’t die despite that shot was on point. Why?
Candidate: Sir, I will not die from that shot ever!
Candidate: Because I was watching those goons in the movie itself in 3D!
Interviewer: One day you decided to have a race with your friend. You two started running at the same time. Initially, both of you were running at the same speed but after 10 seconds, you increased your running speed by 2 times but your friend maintained his initial speed only. Even after increasing your speed, you were not able to go ahead of your friend in the race, why?
Candidate: Sir, because we both were running on a treadmill at the gym!
Interviewer: You are hired!