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Old 01-11-2013, 11:17 AM   #1
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The Most Oddball Interview Questions of The Year

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Top 25 oddball job interview questions include penguins, songs and the Empire State Building
January 11th, 2013
A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?” That’s an actual job interview question, one of the Top 25 Oddball questions asked by potential employers in Glassdoor’s annual list.

One in five employees plan to look for a new job in the next three months assuming the economy stays the same or improves, according to the Q4 Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey. And those job-seekers may face some downright weird questions, such as:

“How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State Building?” Or, “What song best describes your work ethic?”

We confess, some of these would cause us some hemming and hawing. So it’s best to be prepared not just for the questions you expect, but also for the unexpected.

To give job seekers a leg up in the interview process, Glassdoor, a jobs and career community, offers its annual list of Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions, which is compiled from the tens of thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates over the past year.

This list is designed to help job seekers prepare for challenging or unexpected questions that may arise during an interview.

Glassdoor’s Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2013:

1. “If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?” — Asked atForrester Research, Research Associate candidate. More Forrester Research interview questions.

2. “How many cows are in Canada?” — Asked at Google, Local Data Quality Evaluator candidate. More Google interview questions.

3. “How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building?” — Asked at JetBlue, Pricing/Revenue Management Analyst candidate. More JetBlue interview questions.

4. “A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?” — Asked at Clark Construction Group, Office Engineer candidate. More Clark Construction Group interview questions.

5. “What song best describes your work ethic?” — Asked at Dell, Consumer Sales candidate.More Dell interview questions.

6. “Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?” — Asked at Amazon, Product Development candidate.More Amazon interview questions.

7. “What do you think about when you are alone in your car?” — Asked at Gallup, Associate Analyst candidate. More Gallup interview questions.

8. “How would you rate your memory?” — Asked at Marriott, Front Desk Associate candidate.More Marriott interview questions.

9. “Name 3 previous Nobel Prize Winners.” — Asked at BenefitsCONNECT, Office Manager candidate. More BenefitsCONNECT interview questions.

10. “Can you say: ‘Peter Pepper Picked a Pickled Pepper’ and cross-sell a washing machine at the same time?” — Asked at MasterCard, Call Centre candidate. More MasterCard interview questions.

11. “If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?” — Asked at Trader Joe’s, Crew candidate. More Trader Joe’s interview questions.

12. “How would people communicate in a perfect world?” — Asked at Novell, Software Engineer candidate. More Novell interview questions.

13. “How do you make a tuna sandwich?” — Asked at Astron Consulting, Office Manager candidate. More Astron Consulting interview questions.

14. “My wife and I are going on vacation, where would you recommend?” — Asked atPricewaterhouseCoopers, Advisory Associate candidate. More PricewaterhouseCoopers interview questions.

15. “You are a head chef at a restaurant and your team has been selected to be on Iron Chef. How do you prepare your team for the competition and how do you leverage the competition for your restaurant?” — Asked at Accenture, Business Analyst candidate. More Accenture interview questions.

16. “Estimate how many windows are in New York.” — Asked at Bain & Company, Associate Consultant candidate. More Bain & Company interview questions.

17. “What’s your favorite song? Perform it for us now.” — Asked at LivingSocial, Adventures City Manager candidate. More LivingSocial interview questions.

18. “Calculate the angle of two clock pointers when time is 11:50.” — Asked at Bank of America, Software Developer candidate. More Bank of America interview questions.

19. “Have you ever stolen a pen from work?” — Asked at Jiffy Software, Software Architect candidate. More Jiffy Software interview questions.

20. “Pick two celebrities to be your parents.” — Asked at Urban Outfitters, Sales Associate candidate. More Urban Outfitters interview questions.

21. “What kitchen utensil would you be?” — Asked at Bandwidth.com, Marketer candidate.More Bandwidth.com interview questions.

22. “If you had turned your cell phone to silent, and it rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what would you tell me?” — Asked at Kimberly-Clark, Biomedical Engineer candidate.More Kimberly-Clark interview questions.

23. “On a scale from one to ten, rate me as an interviewer.” — Asked at Kraft Foods, General Laborer candidate. More Kraft Foods interview questions.

24. “If you could be anyone else, who would it be?” — Asked at Salesforce.com, Sales Representative candidate. More Salesforce.com interview questions.

25. “How would you direct someone else on how to cook an omelet?” — Asked at PETCO, Analyst candidate. More PETCO interview questions.

While job candidates should be ready to take on some challenging and oddball interview questions, they should also expect to be asked some basic or common interview questions.

For example, many candidates should prepare to respond to questions like: “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”, “Why did you apply for this job?” and “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Glassdoor has also compiled a list of the Most Common Interview Questions.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:20 AM   #2
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26. "Can I pee in your butt?" - Asked during interview for NASIOC OT.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:22 AM   #3
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26. "Can I pee in your butt?" - Asked during interview for NASIOC OT.
This alone could be it's own thread:

The OT Interview-Question List.

1. Are you a girl?
2. Are you fat?
3. Will you show us your tits?
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:24 AM   #4
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Good to see that interviewers are wasting people's time, while also convincing themselves that they're somehow creating value through this bull****.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:26 AM   #5
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This alone could be it's own thread:

The OT Interview-Question List.

1. Are you a girl?
2. Are you fat?
3. Will you show us your tits?
Interesting idea to throw at every noob who comes in here. Good for laughs. (Not just these questions though. )
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:27 AM   #6
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During my interview at my current job, I was asked, "Does the term '**** you' offend you?"

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Old 01-11-2013, 11:27 AM   #7
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Obviously the penguin is here to party.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:35 AM   #8
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This alone could be it's own thread:

The OT Interview-Question List.

1. Are you a girl?
2. Are you fat?
3. Will you show us your tits?
I like this idea. More suggestions:

4. i kneed two test you're grammar skillz corrrekt dis line too bee grammaticaly corrrekt
5. post a picture of a beagle, noting that hyperlinks are not allowed.
6. Write a brief summary of your most recent street racing encounter.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:37 AM   #9
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I like this idea. More suggestions:

4. i kneed two test you're grammar skillz corrrekt dis line too bee grammaticaly corrrekt
5. post a picture of a beagle, noting that hyperlinks are not allowed.
6. Write a brief summary of your most recent street racing encounter.
bad spelling =/= bad grammar.

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Old 01-11-2013, 11:38 AM   #10
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what's the square root of this apartment?
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:40 AM   #11
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bad spelling =/= bad grammar.

You're edumacated fer a bricklayer.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:41 AM   #12
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Good to see that interviewers are wasting people's time, while also convincing themselves that they're somehow creating value through this bull****.
there are a couple good ones in there....#23 (tuna sandwich) for example. On the surface, its BS but it does revel if people can think on their feet and communicate well. Still odd though.
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penguin says nothing. it's a penguin. and it needs to say nothing more.
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bad spelling =/= bad grammar.

I figured correcting punctuation, or lack thereof, constitued grammar over mere spelling.
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there are a couple good ones in there....#23 (tuna sandwich) for example. On the surface, its BS but it does revel if people can think on their feet and communicate well. Still odd though.
A: I don't make tuna sandwiches.
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I figured correcting punctuation, or lack thereof, constitued grammar over mere spelling.
true enough
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Obviously the penguin is here to party.
So what does it say? "Where the white women at?"

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penguin says nothing. it's a penguin. and it needs to say nothing more.
That's what I would answer.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:51 AM   #18
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"Follow me, Chumley!"
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4. “A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?” — Asked at Clark Construction Group, Office Engineer candidate. More Clark Construction Group interview questions.
¿Qué has hecho con Crees?
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I usually ask simple problem solving skills questions like, "A truck is stuck underneath a bridge. What would you do to get the truck unstuck?"

Every one I've interviewed couldn't answer it.
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penguin says nothing. it's a penguin. and it needs to say nothing more.
What if he is wearing a Fedora, and was accompanied by a south pole walrus?

Edit Damn you Matt A!!!!!!

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A: I don't make tuna sandwiches.
So it's "let me call my wife."
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I usually ask simple problem solving skills questions like, "A truck is stuck underneath a bridge. What would you do to get the truck unstuck?"

Every one I've interviewed couldn't answer it.
Let the air out of the tires?
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:25 PM   #23
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I usually ask simple problem solving skills questions like, "A truck is stuck underneath a bridge. What would you do to get the truck unstuck?"

Every one I've interviewed couldn't answer it.
Stuck like it's wedged? Let some air out of the tires!
Stuck like ran out of gas and happens to be under a bridge? Gas!
Stuck in some other crazy way? HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO KNOW!?
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Let the air out of the tires?
Yes.

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Stuck like it's wedged? Let some air out of the tires!
Stuck like ran out of gas and happens to be under a bridge? Gas!
Stuck in some other crazy way? HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO KNOW!?
1. Yes.
2. No.
3.
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Yes.
When's my first day?
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