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What is the point of asking job candidates bizarre interview questions?
Although they can often seem like a trick, some experts say a weird and wacky line of questioning can tell the interviewer thing about the candidate which could not otherwise be determined, such as how they handle unexpected situations and obscure problems.
They are also telling as to how creative a candidate is, which can often give an indication of whether they are a good culture fit for the company.
However, others in the field say obscure questions are only asked because the Google-esque idea is popular, and in fact, they don’t tell you all that much about a candidate.
Whether you like them or not, thanks to Glassdoor, you can see what sort of questions other organisations are expecting their interviewees to answer.
Here are some of our favourites:
1. Asked at The Zappos Family: “If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office what type of parade would it be?”
2. Asked at Apple: “If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors?”
3. Asked at Xerox: “Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?”
4. Asked at ZocDoc: “What is your least favorite thing about humanity?”
5. Asked at LivingSocial: “Can you instruct someone how to make an origami “cootie catcher” with just words?”
6. Asked at McKinsey & Company: “If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?”
7. Asked at American Heart Association: “What’s the color of money?”
Go to Glassdoor for the full list of 25 questions