April 12, 2016

The 10 Craziest Interview Questions Of 2016

Every year Glassdoor.com releases the Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions of the year. They scour through hundreds of thousands of interview questions to select the most ridiculous interview questions of the year. And the results for 2016 are in!

Child ponders the answer to question with question marks over head

Most job seekers prepare for the standard job interview questions like “what are you strengths and weaknesses?” or “why should we hire you?” It’s wise to prep for questions like these, but in today’s competitive job market, you also need to get ready for some more non-traditional questions.

Some of the following questions will make you scratch you head. Others will leave you totally stumped. And some you may just find yourself chuckling. The one thing they all have in common is that some job seeker out there, not unlike yourself, was asked these exact questions while on the job interview hot seat. Are you ready for that?

According to Glassdoor.com, these are the Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions of 2016:

  1. “When a hot dog expands, in which direction does it split and why?” – Space Exploration Technologies
  2. “Would you rather fight 1 horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?” – Whole Food Market
  3. If you’re the CEO, what are the first three things you check about the business when you wake up?” – Dropbox
  4. What would the name of your debut album be?” – Urban Outfitters
  5. “How would you sell hot coco in Florida?” – J.W. Business Acquisitions
  6. “If I gave you $40,000 to start a business, what would you start?” – HubSpot
  7. “What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?” – Trader Joe’s
  8. “If you were a brand, what would be your motto?”Boston Consulting Group
  9. “How many basketballs would fit in this room?”Delta Air Lines
  10. “If you had $2,000, how would you double it in 24 hours?” – Uniqlo

Which of these questions is your favorite? We liked #2, but we’re not sure how we would answer it. How would you answer these questions? If we were asked these in an interview, it would definitely cause us to stop and scratch our heads. But in today’s competitive job search, these are the types of questions you need to be ready for.

Visit Glassdoor.com to see how different candidates answered these questions. You can also check out the questions from 2013 through present. It’s always a good idea to review job interview questions like these before you head to your next job interview so that you’re prepared for a curveball.

Tricky interview questions like these are designed for recruiters and hiring managers to see how you think. If you’re asked a question like this, take a deep breath and give it some thought. Then answer to the best of your ability. You’ll do great.

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About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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