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25 Odd Interview Questions

These questions were released by Glassdoor, a jobs community. They are all quite creative, and some downright funny. (My answers follow).

“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.

Ummmm, does DC count?

“How many cows are in Canada?” – Asked at Google, Local Data Quality Evaluator candidate. More Google interview questions.

7 million. About 1 for every 5 humans. I guess Google wants Eveluators who do nothing other than “google” trivia all day.

“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.

Wow. Uh, the building is 1454 feet in height. If flat, about  261,720. On edge, about 17,448. If we’re talking quarters of an inch, exactly 68,792. (Bet you didn’t see the last one coming :))

“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.

Penguins don’t talk. Either that or “Hola!”.

“What songs best describes your work ethic?” – Asked at Dell, Consumer Sales candidate. More Dell interview questions.

Hard Day’s Night

“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.

A phone app that answers interview questions

“What do you think about when you are alone in your car?” – Asked at Gallup, Associate Analyst candidate. More Gallup interview questions.

Hmmm. Can I say ‘just about anything’?

“How would you rate your memory?” – Asked at Marriott, Front Desk Associate candidate. More Marriott interview questions.

Memory is the key to… wait, what was the question again?

“Name 3 previous Nobel Prize Winners.” – Asked at BenefitsCONNECT, Office Manager candidate. More BenefitsCONNECT interview questions.

Neils Bohr. Albert Einstein. Hemmingway

“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.


“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.

Something on the barbecue. Probably a steak with baked potatoes and fruit salad

“How would people communicate in a perfect world?” – Asked at Novell, Software Engineer candidate. More Novell interview questions.


“How do you make a tuna sandwich?” – Asked at Astron Consulting, Office Manager candidate. More Astron Consulting interview questions.

Tuna, mayo, maybe some relish. Between slices of whole wheat bread

“My wife and I are going on vacation, where would you recommend?” – Asked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Advisory Associate candidate. More PricewaterhouseCoopers interview questions.

Central Idaho (couldn’t help it)

“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.

The question requires a longer answer than I am prepared to make. Screw Iron Chef

“Estimate how many windows are in New York.” – Asked at Bain & Company, Associate Consultant candidate. More Bain & Company interview questions.

40 gazillion

“What’s your favorite song? Perform it for us now.” – Asked at LivingSocial, Adventures City Manager candidate. More LivingSocial interview questions.

Ha. No way

“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.

150 degrees and 91 degrees. That’s probably way off. Just a guess

“Have you ever stolen a pen from work?” – Asked at Jiffy Software, Software Architect candidate. More Jiffy Software interview questions.

Yes. Who hasn’t?

“Pick two celebrities to be your parents.” – Asked at Urban Outfitters, Sales Associate candidate. More Urban Outfitters interview questions.

William Shatner and Lonnie Anderson (somewhat old school)

“What kitchen utensil would you be?” – Asked at, Marketer candidate. More interview questions.

A fork. Don’t you want to know why?

“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.

I set it to silent, but it rang anyway. Go figure

“On a scale from one to ten, rate me as an interviewer.” – Asked at Kraft Foods, General Laborer candidate. More Kraft Foods interview questions.

8. I rarely go higher than that. I did give you props for asking the question, though

“If you could be anyone else, who would it be?” – Asked at, Sales Representative candidate. More interview questions.

Wow, I really can’t think of anyone. How interesting

“How would you direct someone else on how to cook an omelet?” – Asked at PETCO, Analyst candidate. More PETCO interview questions.

Eggs. Other stuff. Beat together. Start making scrambled eggs, but stop. Fold.

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