MILL VALLEY, Calif. (MARCH 29, 2016) – With 45 percent of people reporting they plan to search for a new job this year, according to a recent Glassdoor survey, job candidates should be ready for any question that could be asked during today’s competitive recruiting process. To help, Glassdoor®, the world’s most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace, has announced its annual report revealing the Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions for 2016, featuring six lists of challenging interview questions across North America and parts of Europe. Based on hundreds of thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates over the past year1, these lists identify some of the most difficult and bizarre questions job seekers could face when interviewing for any position.
1. “When a hot dog expands, in which direction does it split and why?” – SpaceX Propulsion Structural Analyst job candidate (New York, NY). See more SpaceX interview questions.
3. “If you’re the CEO, what are the first three things you check about the business when you wake up?” – Dropbox Rotation Program job candidate (San Francisco, CA). See more Dropbox interview questions.
5. “How would you sell hot coco in Florida?” – J.W. Business Acquisitions Human Resources Recruiter job candidate (Atlanta, GA). See more J.W Business Acquisitions interview questions.
8. “If you were a brand, what would be your motto?” – Boston Consulting Group Consultant job candidate (Washington, D.C.). See more Boston Consulting Group interview questions.
9. “How many basketballs would fit in this room?” – Delta Airlines Revenue Management Co-op job candidate (Cincinnati, OH). See more Delta Airlines interview questions.
“Job candidates at employers across all industries should be ready to answer any question, from the most basic to the most challenging,” said Susan Underwood, Glassdoor Head of Global Recruiting and Talent Acquisition. “Employers are asking tough interview questions to test a job candidate’s critical thinking skills, see how they problem solve on the spot, and gauge how they approach difficult situations. Employers want to determine how different candidates respond to challenges, and those who respond well may have the edge when it comes to receiving a job offer.”
In addition, it turns out that there is a statistical link between a tough interview process and greater employee satisfaction. According to recent Glassdoor Economic Research across six countries, more challenging interviews upfront are associated with higher employee satisfaction later on.
COMPLETE RESULTS: Glassdoor has expanded this report to feature six lists across North America and parts of Europe for 2016, including:
- Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions in the U.S.
- Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions in Canada
- Top 10 Tough Interview Questions in the UK
- Top 10 Tough Interview Questions in France
- Top 10 Tough Interview Questions in Germany
- Top 10 Tough Interview Questions in the Netherlands
To help job candidates prepare for anything, Glassdoor has also compiled a list of some of the Most Common Interview Questions.
Glassdoor is now one of the largest aggregators of job listings in the world, and also the fastest-growing job site in the U.S. 2, attracting approximately 30 million monthly unique users. No other job site offers job seekers as many job listings combined with such a vast array of user-generated content as Glassdoor, including millions of salary reports, company ratings and reviews, CEO approval ratings, interview reviews and questions, benefit reviews, office photos and more.
1Methodology: Glassdoor evaluates all approved interview questions shared during the past 12 months (3/18/15-3/17/16) by job candidates on Glassdoor in each respective country. To develop the list, we take into account community feedback (e.g., question tagging like ‘brainteaser’) and compile a range of questions that give job seekers a better idea as to what may come up in an interview. This is a sample list of questions.
2 Compared to LinkedIn.com, Indeed.com, CareerBuilder.com, and Monster.com. Based on unique users, Custom Job List Sites % Change Media Trend Report, comScore January 2016 Media Metrix®
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Glassdoor is the most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace that is changing how people search for jobs and how companies recruit top talent. Glassdoor combines free and anonymous reviews, ratings and salary content with job listings to help job seekers find the best jobs and address critical questions that come up during the job search, application, interview and negotiation phases of employment. For employers, Glassdoor offers recruiting and employer branding solutions to help attract high-quality candidates at a fraction of the cost of other channels. In addition, Glassdoor operates one of the most popular job apps on iOS and Android platforms. The company launched in 2008 and has raised approximately $160 million from Google Capital, Tiger Global, Benchmark, Battery Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, DAG Ventures, Dragoneer Investment Group, and others.
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