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Glassdoor's top 25 oddball interview questions for 2013

Here are some odd interview questions by hiring managers at some leading companies.

Glassdoor, a jobs and career community, released today its annual list of Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions, which is compiled from the tens of thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates over the past year.

You may not be faced with any of these questions in any of your interviews, but it's a fun list to look at.

  1. "If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?" - Asked at Forrester Research, Research Associate candidate. More Forrester Research interview questions.
  2. "How many cows are in Canada?" - Asked at Google, Local Data Quality Evaluator candidate. More Google interview questions.
  3. "How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building?" - Asked at JetBlue, Pricing/Revenue Management Analyst candidate. More JetBlue interview questions.
  4. "A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero.  What does he say and why is he here?" - Asked at Clark Construction Group, Office Engineer candidate. More Clark Construction Group interview questions.
  5. "What songs best describes your work ethic?" - Asked at Dell, Consumer Sales candidate. More Dell interview questions.
  6. "Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea.  What is it?" - Asked at Amazon, Product Development candidate. More Amazon interview questions.
  7. "What do you think about when you are alone in your car?" - Asked at Gallup, Associate Analyst candidate. More Gallup interview questions.
  8. "How would you rate your memory?" - Asked at Marriott, Front Desk Associate candidate. More Marriott interview questions.
  9. "Name 3 previous Nobel Prize Winners." - Asked at BenefitsCONNECT, Office Manager candidate. More BenefitsCONNECT interview questions.
  10. "Can you say: 'Peter Pepper Picked a Pickled Pepper' and cross-sell a washing machine at the same time?" - Asked at MasterCard, Call Centre candidate. More MasterCard interview questions.
  11. "If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?" - Asked at Trader Joe's, Crew candidate. More Trader Joe's interview questions.
  12. "How would people communicate in a perfect world?" - Asked at Novell, Software Engineer candidate. More Novell interview questions.
  13. "How do you make a tuna sandwich?" - Asked at Astron Consulting, Office Manager candidate. More Astron Consulting interview questions.
  14. "My wife and I are going on vacation, where would you recommend?" - Asked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Advisory Associate candidate. More PricewaterhouseCoopers interview questions.
  15. "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?" - Asked at Accenture, Business Analyst candidate. More Accenture interview questions.
  16. "Estimate how many windows are in New York." - Asked at Bain & Company, Associate Consultant candidate. More Bain & Company interview questions.
  17. "What's your favorite song?  Perform it for us now." - Asked at LivingSocial, Adventures City Manager candidate. More LivingSocial interview questions.
  18. "Calculate the angle of two clock pointers when time is 11:50." - Asked at Bank of America, Software Developer candidate. More Bank of America interview questions.
  19. "Have you ever stolen a pen from work?" - Asked at Jiffy Software, Software Architect candidate. More Jiffy Software interview questions.
  20. "Pick two celebrities to be your parents." - Asked at Urban Outfitters, Sales Associate candidate. More Urban Outfitters interview questions.
  21. "What kitchen utensil would you be?" - Asked at, Marketer candidate. More interview questions.
  22. "If you had turned your cell phone to silent, and it rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what would you tell me?" - Asked at Kimberly-Clark, Biomedical Engineer candidate. More Kimberly-Clark interview questions.
  23. "On a scale from one to ten, rate me as an interviewer." - Asked at Kraft Foods, General Laborer candidate. More Kraft Foods interview questions.
  24. "If you could be anyone else, who would it be?" - Asked at, Sales Representative candidate. More interview questions.
  25. "How would you direct someone else on how to cook an omelet?" - Asked at PETCO, Analyst candidate. More PETCO interview questions.


Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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