Weirdest Job Interview Questions

Large companies sometimes throw oddball queries at applicants, according to a survey by Glassdoor.com. How would you answer these inquiries?

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why?

What kitchen utensil would you be?

That's a sampling of Glassdoor.com's Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2013, a list gleaned from job candidates at Google, Kraft Foods, JetBlue and other companies over the past year.

Other offbeat questions on the list include "How many cows are in Canada?" (asked at Google) and "Pick two celebrities to be your parents" (asked at Urban Outfitters).

In some cases, the website also published readers' suggested replies, such as these possible retorts to the penguin-in-sombrero question:

  • The penguin says, "Stop asking stupid interview questions."
  • So, you don't do drug testing here, huh?

To read the full list of weird questions, click here. And, in the comments section below, tell us the strangest thing a job interviewer ever asked you. Can you top Glassdoor's list?

JustUs January 27, 2013 at 10:14 PM
"What you don't have the right to do is promote your belief as factual when the actual data doesn't support your fantasy." Data? I saw 5 numbers assigned to each state with absolutely zero data to substantiate those numbers. Is 'The Economist' the holy grail of financial information we must accept when they put a number to paper? Sorry. I don't operate that way. I am not from Missouri but "show me" anyway. If one is going to slap a number on a screen then show me how you arrived at that number. Is that asking too much? Only in a totalitarian society.
met00 January 28, 2013 at 12:28 AM
google "taxfoundation.org Federal Taxes Paid Federal Spending Received" Thousands of dollars for a non-partisan study, lot's of details. Widely used because of it's accuracy... but you don't believe it. Why? Because it conflicts with your fantasy. Next you'll moan about how high illegal immigration is, even though all the numbers point to more leaving than coming in. If it conflict with your blind faith, it must be wrong.
met00 January 28, 2013 at 12:30 AM
There are three switches on a wall that go to three incandescent bulbs in a closed room. Which switch goes with which bulb? You are allowed to do whatever you want to the switches, but you may open and enter the room only twice.
JustUs January 28, 2013 at 01:45 AM
met00 January 29, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Didn't think you could solve it JustUs.


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