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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    Asked at Forrester: "If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?"

  2. 2

    Asked at Google: "How many cows are in Canada"

  3. 3

    Asked at JetBlue: "How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building?"

  4. 4

    Asked at Clark Construction Group: "A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?"

  5. 5

    Asked at Dell: "What songs best describes your work ethic."

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  7. 6

    Asked at Amazon: ""Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?""

  8. 7

    Asked at Gallup: "What do you think about when you are alone in your car? "

  9. 8

    Asked at Marriott International: "How would rate your memory?"

  10. 9

    Asked at benefitsCONNECT: "Name 3 previous Nobel Prize Winners"

  11. 10

    Asked at Mastercard: "Can you say: "Peter Pepper Picked a Pickled Pepper" and cross-sell a washing machine at the same time?"

  12. 11

    Asked at Trader Joe's: "If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?"

  13. 12

    Asked at Novell: "How would people communicate in a perfect world?"

  14. 13

    Asked at Astron Consulting: "How do you make a tuna sandwhich?"

  15. 14

    Asked at PwC: "My wife and I are going on vacation, where would you recommend?"

  16. 15

    Asked at Accenture: ""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?""

  17. 16

    Asked at Bain & Company: "Estimate how many windows are in New York"

  18. 17

    Asked at LivingSocial: "What's your favorite song? Perform it for us now. "

  19. 18

    Asked at Bank of America: "Calculate the angle of two clock pointers when time is 11:50. "

  20. 19

    Asked at Jiffy Software: "Have you ever stolen a pen from work? "

  21. 20

    Asked at Urban Outfitters: "Pick two celebrities to be your parents"

  22. 21

    Asked at Bandwidth: "What kitchen utensil would you be?"

  23. 22

    Asked at Kimberly-Clark: "If you had turned your cell phone to silent, and it rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what would you tell me?"

  24. 23

    Asked at Kraft Foods: "On a scale from one to ten, rate me as an interviewer."

  25. 24

    Asked at Salesforce: "If you could be anyone else, who would it be"

  26. 25

    Asked at Petco: "How would you direct someone else on how to cook an omelet. "

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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