That's one of the strange but true questions asked at one time or another by business school admissions officers (wonder if you get any points by answering, "That sure is a dumb question"). Veritas Prep, the company that advises would-be business school students, points out that weird questions ("If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?") are not common, and typically come alumni interviewers who might have heard about them from their own weird HR director. Among the most unusual:
1)Sell me this pen.
2)Look at this painting. What does it mean to you?
3)How many golf balls are in the air around the world, right now?
4)Why would [school name] ever want to admit you?
5)What's the best email address you've ever seen? Why?
6)If they did a movie about your life, what actor or actress would you choose to play you?
7)Are you a dog or a cat person? Sell me on why that animal is better.
8)If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
9)I'm trying to land an airplane but don't know what to do. Talk me through it and help me land.
10)If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
You'll notice that these questions are all over the place. The common thread running through the most useful ones is that they all have to do with YOU, while some of the other ones are just plain unusual. Either way, if you encounter such a question, know that how you react to it matters just as much as what your answer is. So, keep your cool, pause for a few moments (Don't fear silence... it's a powerful communications tool!), and have fun with your answers. If you want more help, Veritas Prep offers MBA admissions interview preparation as a standalone service.