Odd, Weird and Downright Puzzling Interview Questions

For a number of years, the crew at Glassdoor compiled the top “oddball” interview questions submitted by website visitors. They haven’t done this for several years however; I’m not sure if that means companies and hiring managers stopped asking these sorts of questions or the research team at Glassdoor just got exhausted aggregating the information from 250,000+ job seeker submissions.

What sort of questions were asked of candidates? Here are just a few gathered over the years:

  • “If you were a utensil, which one would you be and why?” Jack Astor’s
  • “If you could sit next to one person on a transcontinental flight, who would it be?” Salesforce
  • “If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors?” Apple
  • “If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be? Red Frog Events
  • “How many square feet of pizza is eaten in the US each year?” Goldman Sachs
  • “If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?” Dropbox

How would YOU answer? Here’s what I would say…

  • Spork; utilitarian and can get two jobs done with ease
  • No; I have a pretty good poker face
  • “Tim Horton’s”
  • The quiet one
  • Scissors would probably fall into the un-acceptable “potential weapon” category in the HR Policy Manual, so…..
  • Rapper’s Delight
  • In the US? Or in my house?
  • I may just delete them all and start over. #NewDay

Author: Robin Schooling

Robin is the Head of People with Strio Consulting. She’s a regular speaker to global HR and business audiences, has a long-running HR blog at RobinSchooling.com, and has written for Recruiting Daily, Fast Company, Certified Magazine, HR Examiner, SHRM and other sites. Since 2018 she’s been co-host of DrivethruHR, one of the longest continuously running HR radio shows/podcasts (since 2010!). She's a Board Member with HR Open Source and she manages the Carnival of HR, a long-running blogging carnival. Robin lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she’s a fervent and unapologetic New Orleans Saints fan and continues on her quest to search out the perfect French75.

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