During every job interview, you should be prepared to talk about your career and how you would benefit the company. However, you should also be ready for some offbeat questions like: “Why is there fuzz on a tennis ball”
An interview asking this question is not literally trying to see if you know why fuzz exists on a tennis ball. It is merely asked to see how well you respond to unforeseen events. This question is asked to see if you get flustered by questions you do not know the answer to and to see if you can come up with a creative response.
Points to Emphasize
This is meant to be a fun question, so feel free to have some fun with your answer.
- If you need to take a second to think about, feel free to think for a moment
- Be funny if you can
- Give an educated guess if you don’t know
- Show your ability to think on your feet
The real reason why tennis balls are fuzzy is so that the racket can get a better grip on the ball and give a better spin. You do not have to give that specific answer, but use this opportunity to let your personality shine through.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
It may not seem like there is a wrong way to answer this silly question, but look out for this pitfalls.
- Don’t get agitated if you are unable to think of an answer
- Don’t pause for very long
- Do not say, “I don’t know”
- Don’t act like this question is beneath you
Every question, even the uncommon ones, should be taken seriously. Give this question your best guess and then move on.
You can give the actual answer above if you want, or if you want to be a little more original, give a response like this:
Hmm…I’ve never really thought about that before. I guess the reason why tennis balls have fuzz is so they feel soft in your hand. I really wouldn’t want to play with a rough tennis ball, would you
There is no need to be overly analytical with your response or to give a lengthy explanation. An interviewer asking you this question is probably just trying to get you to relax and see how you respond to a question you most likely did not prepare for. An important thing to remember is that employers want to work with people they enjoy being around, so give an answer that shows you would be a fun person to hang out with.