Some interview questions are meant to test your creativity and see how you respond to brainteasers. One of these questions that commonly comes up is, “How would you weigh a plane without scales”
This question is not meant to test your aircraft prowess. It is meant to see if you can come up with a reasonable and outside the box explanation for your conclusions. There are numerous types of answers you could give. You could give a very straightforward answer about how you would look up the weight on the plane’s website. You could give a more scientific response, or depending on the personality of the interviewer, you could just give a silly answer that shows your sense of humor.
Points to Emphasize
Generally, there is not a specific answer a hiring manager is looking for, but you should keep the following points in mind.
- Talk through your thinking process
- An actual number does not have to be reached
- Keep a good sense of humor
A potential employer asking this probably has a humorous personality. Although you need to take the question seriously to an extent, feel free to have some fun with it.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
There is technically no wrong answer to this question, but avoid these points in your response.
- Avoid saying, “I don’t know”
- Don’t simply blurt out an answer
Your answer does not necessarily have to be illuminating or hilarious, just show that you are capable of putting thought into a tricky question.
These types of brainteasers should be answered the following way:
Hmm…that’s an interesting question. Let me think about that. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration like what kind of plane it is, whether or not it is filled with passengers and whether or not it is filled with fuel. I suppose at the end of the day I could always just ask someone who works at the airport if they know how much the plane weighs.
A more humorous response could go something like this:
Hmm…I suppose you would weigh it the same way as a plane with scales.
Interviewers do not ask these types of questions to get a specific answer like a lot of other questions in an interview. Instead, they are trying to get a better sense of who you are as an individual.