While we all know the interview process can seem like a bit of a stressful process, for some it can be downright grueling! We’ve culled through tens of thousands interview questions that job seekers from around the world have shared on Glassdoor over the past year and found some pretty off the wall stuff. Here’s our take on the top oddball interview questions of 2010:
“If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?”
Asked at Goldman Sachs.
“How many ridges [are there] around a quarter?”
Asked at Deloitte
“What is the philosophy of Martial Arts?”
Asked at Aflac
“Explain [to] me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years.”
Asked at. Boston Consulting
“Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are.”
Asked at Capital One
“How many basketball[s] can you fit in this room”
Asked at Google
“Out of 25 horses, pick the fastest 3 horses. In each race, only 5 horses can run at the same time. What is the minimum number of races required?”
Asked at Bloomberg LP
“If you could be any superhero, who would it be?”
Asked at AT&T
“You have a birthday cake and have exactly 3 slices to cut it into 8 equal pieces. How do you do it?”
Asked at Blackrock
“Given the numbers 1 to 1000, what is the minimum numbers guesses needed to find a specific number if you are given the hint “higher” or “lower” for each guess you make.”
Asked at Facebook
“If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner?”
Asked at Amazon
An apple costs 20 cents, an orange costs 40 cents, and a grapefruit costs 60 cents, how much is a pear?”
Asked at Epic Systems
“There are three boxes, one contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled such that no label identifies the actual contents of the box it labels. Opening just one box, and without looking in the box, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?”
Asked at Apple
“How many traffic lights in Manhattan?”
Asked at Argus Information & Advisory Services
“You are in a dark room with no light. You need matching socks for your interview and you have 19 gray socks and 25 black socks. What are the chances you will get a matching pair?
Asked at Eze Castle.
These are just a handful of the 80,000+ interview questions Glassdoor has collected from job interview candidates through our Interview Reviews. In addition to interview questions for specific job openings at specific companies, Glassdoor collects full reviews on the interview process (phone, in-person, panel, etc.) as well as overall difficulty and whether the experience was generally positive, negative or neutral. Our goal is to help job candidates get as prepared as possible for the job interview and it seems to be working – more than half of job candidates who complete an interview review report they got a job offer.
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