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Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions of 2010
Check out these off-the-wall questions that would make any candidate sweat when on the hot seat. How would you answer them?

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Job interviews are nerving racking enough, but throw in a couple odd questions and they can become downright tortuous. Glassdoor.com, an online career and jobs community, revealed the top 25 oddball interview questions of 2010 compiled from thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates. Some test an applicant’s analytical skills, knowledge and thought processes, others test composure and the ability to think on one’s feet, and some are just strange.

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“If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?”

Asked at Goldman Sachs. analyst position

Quarter Seal, PF slideshow

“How many ridges [are there] around a quarter?”

Asked at Deloitte. project analyst position

Martial Arts, PF slideshow

“What is the philosophy of Martial Arts?”

Asked at Aflac, sales associate position

Last 10 YRs, PF slideshow

“Explain [to] me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years.”

Asked at Boston Consulting, consultant position

Weird, PF slideshow

“Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are.”

Asked at Capital One, operations analyst position

Basketball Rack, PF slideshow

“How many basketball[s] can you fit in this room”

Asked at Google, people analyst position

Horse Race, PF slideshow

“Out of 25 horses, pick the fastest 3 horses. In each race, only 5 horses can run at the same time. What is the minimum number of races required?”

Asked at Bloomberg LP. Financial, software developer position

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“If you could be any superhero, who would it be?”

Asked at AT&T, customer sales representative position

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“You have a birthday cake and have exactly three slices to cut it into eight equal pieces. How do you do it?”

Asked at Blackrock Portfolio Management Group, fixed income analyst position

Stumped, PF slideshow

“Given the numbers one to 1000, what is the minimum numbers guesses needed to find a specific number if you are given the hint “higher” or “lower” for each guess you make.”

Asked at Facebook, software engineer position

Poker, PF slideshow

“If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner?”

Asked at Amazon, Manager position

Fruits, PF slideshow

“An apple costs 20 cents, an orange costs 40 cents, and a grapefruit costs 60 cents, how much is a pear?”

Asked at Epic Systems, project manager position

Apples, PF slideshow

“There are three boxes, one contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled such that no label identifies the actual contents of the box it labels. Opening just one box, and without looking in the box, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?”

Asked at Apple, software QA engineer position

Times Square, PF slideshow

“How many traffic lights in Manhattan?”

Asked at Argus Information & Advisory Services, analyst position

Socks, PF slideshow

“You are in a dark room with no light. You need matching socks for your interview and you have 19 gray socks and 25 black socks. What are the chances you will get a matching pair? “

Asked at Eze Castle. quality assurance position

Wood Barrels, PF slideshow

“What do wood and alcohol have in common?”

Asked at Guardsmark, staff writer position

Elephant, PF slideshow

“How do you weigh an elephant without using a weigh machine?”

Asked at IBM, software engineer position

Pennies, PF slideshow

“You have 8 pennies, 7 weight the same, one weighs less. You also have a judges scale. Find the one that weighs less in less than 3 steps.”

Asked at Intel, systems validation engineer position

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“Why do you think only a small percentage of the population makes over $150,000?”

Asked at New York Life, sales agent position

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“You are in charge of 20 people, organize them to figure out how many bicycles were sold in your area last year.”

Asked at Schlumberger, field engineer position

Beer Bottles1, PF Slideshow

“How many bottles of beer are drank in the city over the week.”

Asked at The Nielsen Company, research analyst position

Blackboard, PF slideshow

“What’s the square root of 2000?”

Asked at UBS, sales and trading position

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“A train leaves San Antonio for Houston at 60mph. Another train leaves Houston for San Antonio at 80mph. Houston and San Antonio are 300 miles apart. If a bird leaves San Antonio at 100mph, and turns around and flies back once it reaches the Houston train, and continues to fly between the two, how far will it have flown when they collide.”

Asked at USAA, software engineer position

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“How are M&M’s made?”

Asked at US Bank, leadership program development position

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“What would you do if you just inherited a pizzeria from your uncle?”

Asked at Volkswagen, business analyst position

Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions of 2010

Check out these off-the-wall questions that would make any candidate sweat when on the hot seat. How would you answer them?

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