Glassdoor.com recently released a list of the weirdest interview questions actually asked by major company HR directors. So, I thought it would be fun to give my answers to these questions and prove just why I ended up with a career in radio.
Here are the actual strange interview questions and the companies where they were asked followed by how I’d answer.
“Using a scale of 1 to 10, rate yourself on how weird you are.” — Capital One
- I’d have to say “C.”
“How many balloons would fit in this room?” – PricewaterhouseCoopers
- Ok, this is how I lose jobs. I’d have some smartass answer like, “Doesn’t that depend on whether or not the balloons are inflated?” And that’s when they decide they don’t want some funny guy working for Pricewaterhouse and show me the door.
“What is the philosophy of martial arts?” – Aflac
- Was the duck asked this question??
“If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?” — Goldman Sachs
- My guess would be “in pieces.”
“You have a bouquet of flowers. All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips. How many flowers do you have?” — Epic Systems
- Ok, three. That was easy. The bar for intelligence at Epic Systems is apparently set at “disc jockey.”
“Explain to me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years.” — Boston Consulting
- Uhm.. too much time and money spent on consultants?
“If you could be any superhero, which one would you be?” — AT&T
- Batman. He’s the only superhero who’s been documented using a phone. And AT&T sells, well, phones.
“How do you weigh an elephant without using a scale?” — IBM
- Ask his owner how much he weighs.
- Put him on one end of a sturdy see-saw and start stacking Buicks on the other??
“If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner?” – Amazon
- Would depend on the sport, wouldn’t it? Tennis would take a lot more games than, say, team tug-of-war.
- And, if it’s Beer Pong, then the answer is “an infinite number.”
“How many bricks are there in Shanghai? Consider only residential buildings.” –Deloitte Consulting
- I don’t know, but I’m guessing this explains why when you call Deloitte Consulting, you get a guy who talks like the Rain Man.
“You have five bottles of pills. One bottle has 9 gram pills, the others have 10 gram pills. You have a scale that can be used only once. How can you find out which bottle contains the 9 gram pills?” –eBay
- Read the labels on the bottles. Federal labeling laws, you know.
“What is your fastball?” — Ernst & Young
- The left one.
“How would you market ping pong balls if ping pong itself became obsolete? List many ways, then pick one and go into detail.” – Microsoft
- Muppet eyes. Do-it-yourself Lotto machines. Polar Bear Neuticles.
“How many smartphones are there in New York City?” – Google
- None. New York City is just a collective name for the five boroughs. It doesn’t really exist as an entity. Ok, I’m just guessing, but I made it sound good, didn’t I?
“You are in charge of 20 people. Organize them to figure out how many bicycles were sold in your area last year.” – Schlumberger
- Pick the nerdiest one of the group to call all the stores that sell bicycles while the other 19 of us go out for beer.
“Why do you think only a small percentage of the population makes over $125,000 a year?” — New York Life
“You have three boxes. One contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled so that no label accurately identifies the contents of any of the boxes. Opening just one box, and without looking inside, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?” — Apple
- If I could do that, I’d still be working at Kroger’s.
“How many ball bearings, each one inch in diameter, can fit inside a 747 aircraft?” – SAIC
- Easy. One planeful.