In an interview, you’ll probably hear a lot of the same, overused questions: What’s your biggest weakness? Why do you want to work here? Where do you see yourself in five years? (You know the drill.) If you’ve prepared answers to these, you’re golden.
But what happens if you’re asked an oddball question that comes out of nowhere? There’s always a chance you’ll be asked a weird question that you weren’t expecting. Lucky for you, we have collected a few; from the difficult to the bizarre.
Here are our 10 favourites:
1. “If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?” Asked at Goldman Sachs.
2. “How many basketball[s] can you fit in this room” Asked at Google.
3. “If you could be any superhero, who would it be?” Asked at AT&T.
4. “You have a birthday cake and have exactly 3 slices to cut it into 8 equal pieces. How do you do it?” Asked at Blackrock.
5. “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.” Asked at Facebook.
6. “An apple costs 20 cents, an orange costs 40 cents, and a grapefruit costs 60 cents, how much is a pear?” Asked at Epic Systems.
7. “How many traffic lights in Manhattan?” Asked at Argus Information & Advisory Services.
8. “How do you weigh an elephant without using a weigh machine?” Asked at IBM.
9. “You have 8 pennies, 7 weigh the same, one weighs less. You also have a judges scale. Find the one that weighs less in less than 3 steps.” Asked at Intel.
10. “What would you do if you just inherit a pizzeria from your uncle?” Asked at Volkswagen.