Job candidates should be ready for any question asked of them in an interview – even the most difficult and bizarre.
To help, Glassdoor has revealed its annual report of the Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions for 2016, featuring six lists across North America and parts of Europe. Based on thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates in each country over the past year1, these lists identify some of the toughest questions job seekers could face when interviewing for any position.
Here’s just a sample of some of the toughest interview questions being asked around the world:
- “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.
- “If you were a fruit, what kind would you be and why?” – Topdeck Travel Trip Leader job candidate (London, England). See more Topdeck Travel questions.
- “What was the last thing you Googled?” – Tim Hortons Leadership Development Program job candidate (Oakville, ON). See more Tim Hortons interview questions.
COMPLETE RESULTS: Check out this year’s six lists by country:
There’s no reason to fear tough interview questions. In fact, Glassdoor research shows tough interviews lead to higher employee satisfaction later on.
Plus, job candidates should be ready to take on any question during any interview, so Glassdoor has also compiled a list of some of the Most Common Interview Questions.
Have you been stumped by a tougher interview question than these? Share the interview question with others.
1Methodology: Glassdoor evaluates all approved interview questions shared during the past 12 months (3/18/15-3/17/16) by job candidates on Glassdoor. 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.