Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions of 2010


As we reflect on 2010, for better or for worse, here is Glassdoor.com’s 2010 list of Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions. I always find lists like these amusing and just a little educating. And while most of us may not have to answer any of these questions during an interview, you can always expect to be thrown a few curveballs. Reading lists like these always motivate me to not only study before an interview, but to always have a good game plan going into the interview. You can never anticipate all of the questions, but there are always questions you should prepare yourself to answer (and more questions here). And if you have a general outline of how you would like to market yourself, you have a better chance of answering some of the personality-based and/or behavioral questions you may not be able to prepare for. You can get the full list of oddball interview questions here, but here are a few that I found most amusing/entertaining:

  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. “Explain [to] me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years.” (asked at Boston Consulting)
  3. “Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are.” (asked at Capital One)
  4. “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)
  5. “You are in charge of 20 people, organize them to figure out how many bicycles were sold in your area last year.” (asked at Schlumberger)
  6. “What would you do if you just inherit a pizzeria from your uncle?” (asked at Volkswagen)
  7. “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)
  8. “If you could be any superhero, who would it be?” (asked at AT&T)
  9. “What is the philosophy of Martial Arts?” (asked at Aflac)
  10. “How many ridges [are there] around a quarter?” (asked at Deloitte)

Obviously, one may feel more comfortable answering some of these questions knowing more about the context (job title, what questions have been asked in the interview up to this point, etc). Some of these have a definite answer, some may require more of an estimation after coming up with a formula, and some are more personality-based questions. The Glassdoor.com page has some answers to these questions, along with more examples of interview questions from each company. As I start to figure out how I would answer each of these questions, I’d like to hear from you! How would you answer these questions? Please leave a comment with an answer or two. I’d love to hear from you!

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2 Responses to Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions of 2010

  1. How would you answer the question on Digitas’ internship application this year: If you were a mobile app, which app would you be and why?

  2. I’d say that I would be the utilities app that I have on my phone or my laptop. The utilities app holds a variety of tools the user can access to help solve problems. As a counselor, I provide tools and information that my clients may use to achieve success.

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