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Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2013

Job candidates must be prepared for anything during an interview. That's why Glassdoor has combed through tens of thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates over the past year to compile its annual list of the Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions.
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    "If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?" View answers.
    Asked at Forrester Research. More Forrester Research interview questions.
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    "How many cows are in Canada" View answers.
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    "How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building?" View answers.
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    "A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?" View answers.
    Asked at Clark Construction Group. More Clark Construction Group interview questions.
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    "What songs best describes your work ethic." View answers.
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    ""Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?"" View answers.
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    "What do you think about when you are alone in your car? " View answers.
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    "How would rate your memory?" View answers.
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    "Name 3 previous Nobel Prize Winners" View answers.
    Asked at benefitsCONNECT. More benefitsCONNECT interview questions.
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    "Can you say: "Peter Pepper Picked a Pickled Pepper" and cross-sell a washing machine at the same time?" View answers.
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    "If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?" View answers.
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    "How would people communicate in a perfect world?" View answers.
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    "How do you make a tuna sandwhich?" View answers.
    Asked at Astron Consulting. More Astron Consulting interview questions.
  14. 25.
    "My wife and I are going on vacation, where would you recommend?" View answers.
  15. 25.
    ""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?"" View answers.
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    "Estimate how many windows are in New York" View answers.
    Asked at Bain & Company. More Bain & Company interview questions.
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    "What's your favorite song? Perform it for us now. " View answers.
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    "Calculate the angle of two clock pointers when time is 11:50. " View answers.
    Asked at Bank of America. More Bank of America interview questions.
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    "Have you ever stolen a pen from work? " View answers.
    Asked at Jiffy Software. More Jiffy Software interview questions.
  20. 25.
    "Pick two celebrities to be your parents" View answers.
    Asked at Urban Outfitters. More Urban Outfitters interview questions.
  21. 25.
    "What kitchen utensil would you be?" View answers.
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    "If you had turned your cell phone to silent, and it rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what would you tell me?" View answers.
    Asked at Kimberly-Clark. More Kimberly-Clark interview questions.
  23. 25.
    "On a scale from one to ten, rate me as an interviewer." View answers.
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    "If you could be anyone else, who would it be" View answers.
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    "How would you direct someone else on how to cook an omelet. " View answers.

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. Glassdoor has also compiled a list of the Most Common Interview Questions.

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