Oddball Interview Questions

DFN: Pretty interesting to correlate the question with the company, some don’t seem that odd,

Top Oddball Interview Questions Of 2009
Posted: 30 Dec 2009 10:20 AM PST

For anyone who has gone through a job interview lately – or perhaps in the past 40 years – you can expect certain questions like: ‘What are your greatest strengths?… and weaknesses?’ or ‘What are your career goals in the next five years?’. While any interviewee should be prepared to answer staple interview questions, in this market you had better be prepared to stand out and tackle the more thoughtful – and sometimes odd – questions. Glassdoor.com career expert and HR veteran Rusty Rueff reminds us that interviews can be unpredictable and it’s important to be quick on your feet, express what’s important for the employer to know and beyond everything else, stay on your message.(Rusty provides some tips on Glassdoor blog on how to control the interview whether you receive a direct or curveball question.As we wrap up 2009 and its job-related ups and downs that look like a Richter scale report, we have identified our Top 25 oddball interview questions from the more than 14,000 interview questions submitted by job candidates through Glassdoor.com Interview Reviews:

What was your best McGuyver moment? – Schlumberger Junior Field Engineer

How many tennis balls are in this room and why? – Yahoo Customer Service Rep

If you were a brick in a wall which brick would you be and why? – Nestle USA Procurement Intern

How would you move Mount Fuji? – Microsoft Software Development Engineer in Test

If two cars are traveling in a two lap race on a track of any length, one going 60 mph and the other going 30mph, how fast will the slower car have to go to finish at the same car to finish at the same time? – Morgan Stanley Trader

Are your parents disappointed with your career aspirations? – Fisher Investments Client Service Associate

Tell me how you would determine how many house painters there are in the United States? –Acquity Group Business Analyst

What should it cost to rent Central Park for commercial purposes? – Bain & Co Business Analyst

If I put you in a sealed room with a phone that had no dial tone, how would you fix it? – Apple Software Engineer

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? – Pacific Sunwear Sales Associate

How many hair salons are there in Japan? – Boston Consulting Associate

If both a taxi and a limo were priced the exact same, which one would you choose? – Best Buy Customer Service

How to measure 9 minutes using only a 4 minute and 7 minute hourglass? – Bank of America Quantitative Developer

What are 5 uncommon uses of a brick, not including building, layering, or a paper-weight? – Kaplan Higher Education Data Analyst

What is the probability of throwing 11 and over with 2 dices – American Airlines Financial Analyst

What is your favorite food? – Apple Store Manager

Say you are dead- what do you think your eulogy would say about you. – Nationwide Product Manager

Given a dictionary of words, how do you calculate the anagrams for a new word? – Amazon Software Development Engineer

How many lightbulbs are in this building? – Monitor Group Entry Interview

Given a square grid of numbers, considering all the numbers at the boundary as one layer and numbers just inside as another layer and so on how would you rotate each of the

layers of the numbers by a given amount. – Microsoft Engineer

How would you sell me eggnog in Florida in the summer? – Expedia Market Manager

Develop an algorithm for finding the shortest distance between two words in a document. After the phone interview is over, take a few hours to develop a working example in
C++ and send it to the manager. – Google Software Engineer

Given a fleet of 50 trucks, each with a full fuel tank and a range of 100 miles, how far can you deliver a payload? You can transfer the payload from truck to truck, and you can transfer fuel from truck to truck. Extend your answer for n trucks. – Palantir Technologies Business Development Engineer

You are in a room with 3 switches which correspond to 3 bulbs in another room and you don’t know which switch corresponds to which bulb. You can only enter the room with the bulbs once. You can NOT use any external equipment (power supplies, resistors, etc.). How do you find out which bulb corresponds to which switch? – Goldman Sachs X-Div/Back Office

If you saw someone steal a quarter. Would you report it? – Amazon Shipping Manifest Clerk

Would you be prepared or ready to answer some of these questions?

You can see how others answer these and other interview questions on Glassdoor.com job interview reviews, because keep in mind that according to Glassdoor users, 45% of those who made it to the interview process did not receive an offer. In addition you may need to speak with a number of different interviewers before you reach the person who has the authority to decide who gets hired. In fact we found that in order to get an interview, 42% had to detail their past job experience through online applications, 14% discussed their background with a recruiter and 3% percent went over past professional highlights with a staffing agency.

Top Oddball Interview Questions Of 2009 is a post from: Glassdoor.com Blog


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