SAUSALITO, Calif. (December 29, 2011) — Job seekers everywhere are hoping 2012 will be the year they land a new job. But, to secure a job requires acing today’s competitive interview process – meaning job candidates must be prepared for any and all interview questions, from the most basic to the most bizarre. Glassdoor, a jobs and career community, has compiled its annual list of oddball interview questions based on the tens of thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates during the past year.
The Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions of 2011 on Glassdoor:
2. “Just entertain me for five minutes; I’m not going to talk.” – Asked at Acosta, Leadership Development Program Associate candidate. More Acosta interview questions.
3. “If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?” – Asked at Hewlett-Packard, Product Marketing Manager candidate. More Hewlett-Packard interview questions.
4. “Given 20 “destructible” light bulbs (which break at a certain height), and a building with 100 floors, how do you determine the height that the light bulbs break?” – Asked at QUALCOMM, Engineering candidate. More QUALCOMM interview questions.
6. “Is your college GPA reflective of your potential?” – Asked at the Advisory Board, Strategic Marketing Associate candidate. More Advisory Board interview questions.
8. “If you could be #1 employee but have all your coworkers dislike you or you could be #15 employee and have all your coworkers like you, which would you choose?” – Asked at ADP, Inside Sales Associate candidate. More ADP interview questions.
15. “You’re in a row boat, which is in a large tank filled with water. You have an anchor on board, which you throw overboard (the chain is long enough so the anchor rests completely on the bottom of the tank). Does the water level in the tank rise or fall?” – Asked at Tesla Motors, Mechanical Engineer candidate. More Tesla Motors interview questions.
16. “How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator?” – Asked at Horizon Group Properties, Office Assistant candidate. More Horizon Group Properties interview questions.
17. “You have a bouquet of flowers. All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips. How many flowers do you have?” – Asked at Epic Systems, Corporation Project Manager/Implementation Consultant candidate. More Epic Systems interview questions.
19. “How many different ways can you get water from a lake at the foot of a mountain, up to the top of the mountain?” – Asked at Disney Parks & Resorts, Project Engineering Intern candidate. More Disney Parks & Resorts interview questions.
23. “Pepsi or Coke?” – Asked at United Health Group, Associate Project Manager candidate. More United Health Group interview questions.
25. “How do you feel about those jokers at Congress?” – Asked at Consolidated Electrical, Management Trainee candidate. More Consolidated Electrical interview questions.
The Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions of 2011 can also be found on the Glassdoor blog.
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 compiled a list of the Most Common Interview Questions. For this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The interview questions featured are part of the Glassdoor Interview Reviews section which offers in-depth accounts of the interview process for specific job titles at specific companies – all for free. To date, more than 115,000 interview reviews and 150,000 interview questions around the world have been collected. Interview Reviews include details from actual job candidates about the entire hiring process like the interview format, average duration, and overall difficulty level. Each review also includes details as to whether a job offer was made and whether it was accepted or rejected — and why — along with any negotiation tips. Users can find or share Interview Reviews through the “Interviews” tab from Glassdoor’s home page or via https://www.glassdoor.com/Interview/index.htm.
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