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5 Super Weird Job Interview Questions: How Do You Even Answer These?!

March 29, 2016
by Jamie Cattanach
Contributor

You’ve probably heard about the tough interview questions you’ll face if you’re looking to work for a powerful, high-tech firm like Google.

From the philoso-mathematical (“A coin was flipped 1000 times and there were 560 heads. Do you think the coin is biased?”) to the scarily open-ended (“What do you know about Google?”), candidates for these rare positions must be prepared to think on their toes and create cohesive arguments for abstract concepts.

And no matter what company you’re interviewing with, if the position is high enough up the ranks that you’re chatting with the CEO, you can expect some hard hitters.

But it turns out that head-scratching, heart-rate-increasing interview questions aren’t just for high-end positions, like you might expect.

Can You Answer These Weird Interview Questions?

Glassdoor recently raked through hundreds of thousands of interview questions to find the most “oddball” examples in the group.

And some of them are for super-achievable positions — the kinds of jobs you might apply for as a teenager, or as an adult looking to pick up some part-time retail hours on the side.

Here are five bizarre interview questions:

1. Whole Foods Market Meat Cutter

“Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?”

Hint: The duck-sized horses are probably more vulnerable.

2. Urban Outfitters Sales Associate

“What would the name of your debut album be?”

How about “Seriously Vintage AF Now Give Me Your Money”?

3. Trader Joe’s General Candidate

“What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?”

“Um… hug it?!” — the entire Penny Hoarder team

4. Delta Airlines Revenue Management Co-op

“How many basketballs would fit in this room?”

Good thing we went over the volume of a basketball like eight times in Business Management 101.

5. SkyWest Airlines Customer Service Agent

“If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?”

At least this one’s fitting.

Prepare for Your Interview… By Being Yourself

At the end of the day, a job interview is about more than proving your skills and qualifications. It’s about showing your interviewer a little piece of the human being you are.

So heed the age-old advice: Be yourself… as long as it’s the quick-witted version of yourself who’s ready to think on her toes!

Your Turn: What’s the weirdest interview question you’ve ever encountered?

Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She also writes other stuff, like wine reviews and poems. The famous person she’d most like to have dinner with is Cady Coleman, but since she wasn’t prepared for the question, she gave Leonardo DiCaprio as an answer. I mean, it’s still mostly true.

by Jamie Cattanach
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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