Perfect résumé: Check.
A to Z factoids about the company: Check.
Professional blouse: Check.
Answer to hiring manager’s off-the-wall question: Um...

Even the most prepared candidates can get stumped during the interview process. After all, while you may have canned answers for the dreaded “What’s your weakness?” and “Where do you see yourself in five years?” queries, are you ready to tell a potential boss about your relationship with your mother or your policy on tipping at a restaurant?

We checked in with eight top execs from around the country to find out the questions they most like to ask candidates and why. Some are wacky. Some are refreshing. But all should be things you can answer without thinking twice.

Check out the list and start preparing your responses.