Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions

Hiring managers often try to come up with new and stimulating interview questions in an effort to renovate their hiring process. Some companies take that philosophy a little further than others. Glassdoor.com recently went through their interview reviews and came up with a list of the oddest interview questions. Below is a list of their top 25.

1. “If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?”

2. “How many ridges [are there] around a quarter?”

3. “What is the philosophy of Martial Arts?”

4. “Explain [to] me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years.”

5. “Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are.”

6. “How many basketballs can you fit in this room?”

7. “Out of 25 horses, pick the fastest 3 horses. In each race, only 5 horses can run at the same time. What is the minimum number of races required?”

8. “If you could be any superhero, who would it be?”

9. “You have a birthday cake and have exactly 3 slices to cut it into 8 equal pieces. How do you do it?”

10. “Given the numbers 1 to 1000, what is the minimum numbers guesses needed to find a specific number if you are given the hint ‘higher’ or ‘lower’ for each guess you make.”

11. “If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner?”

12. “An apple costs 20 cents, an orange costs 40 cents, and a grapefruit costs 60 cents, how much is a pear?”

13. “There are three boxes, one contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled such that no label identifies the actual contents of the box it labels. Opening just one box, and without looking in the box, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?”

14. “How many traffic lights in Manhattan?”

15. “You are in a dark room with no light. You need matching socks for your interview and you have 19 gray socks and 25 black socks. What are the chances you will get a matching pair?”

16. “What do wood and alcohol have in common?”

17. “How do you weigh an elephant without using a weigh machine?”

18. “You have 8 pennies, 7 weigh the same, and one weighs less. You also have a judge’s scale. Find the one that weighs less in less than 3 steps.”

19. “Why do you think only a small percentage of the population makes over $150K?”

20. “You are in charge of 20 people; organize them to figure out how many bicycles were sold in your area last year.”

21. “How many bottles of beer are drank in the city over the week.”

22. “What’s the square root of 2000?”

23. “A train leaves San Antonio for Huston at 60mph. Another train leaves Huston for San Antonio at 80mph. Huston and San Antonio are 300 miles apart. If a bird leaves San Antonio at 100mph, and turns around and flies back once it reaches the Huston train, and continues to fly between the two, how far will it have flown when they collide.”

24. “How are M&M’s made?”

25. “What would you do if you just inherit a pizzeria from your uncle?”

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