POSTED: April 04 2016


With 45 percent of people reporting they plan to search for a new job this year, according to a recent Glassdoor survey, job candidates should be ready for any question that could be asked during today’s competitive recruiting process. To help, Glassdoor®, the world’s most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace, has announced its annual report revealing the Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions for 2016, featuring six lists of challenging interview questions across North America and parts of Europe. Based on hundreds of thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates over the past year1, these lists identify some of the most difficult and bizarre questions job seekers could face when interviewing for any position.

Glassdoor’s Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions in the U.S. for 2016 are:

1. “When a hot dog expands, in which direction does it split and why?” – SpaceX Propulsion Structural Analyst job candidate (New York, NY). See more SpaceX interview questions.

2. “Would you rather fight 1 horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?” – Whole Foods Market Meat Cutter job candidate (Lexington-Fayette, KY). See more Whole Foods Market interview questions.

3. “If you’re the CEO, what are the first three things you check about the business when you wake up?” – Dropbox Rotation Program job candidate (San Francisco, CA). See more Dropbox interview questions.

4. “What would the name of your debut album be?” – Urban Outfitters Sales Associate job candidate (New York, NY). See more Urban Outfitters interview questions.

5. “How would you sell hot coco in Florida?” – J.W. Business Acquisitions Human Resources Recruiter job candidate (Atlanta, GA). See more J.W Business Acquisitions interview questions.

6. “If I gave you $40,000 to start a business, what would you start?” – Hubspot Account Manager job candidate (San Francisco, CA). See more Hubspot interview questions.

7. “What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?” – Trader Joe’s job candidate (Orange, CA). See more Trader Joe’s interview questions.

8. “If you were a brand, what would be your motto?” – Boston Consulting Group Consultant job candidate (Washington, D.C.). See more Boston Consulting Group interview questions.

9. “How many basketballs would fit in this room?” – Delta Airlines Revenue Management Co-op job candidate (Cincinnati, OH). See more Delta Airlines interview questions.

10. “If you had $2,000, how would you double it in 24 hours?” – Uniqlo Management Trainee job candidate (Los Angeles, CA). See more Uniqlo interview questions.

“Job candidates at employers across all industries should be ready to answer any question, from the most basic to the most challenging,” said Susan Underwood, Glassdoor Head of Global Recruiting and Talent Acquisition. “Employers are asking tough interview questions to test a job candidate’s critical thinking skills, see how they problem solve on the spot, and gauge how they approach difficult situations. Employers want to determine how different candidates respond to challenges, and those who respond well may have the edge when it comes to receiving a job offer.”

In addition, it turns out that there is a statistical link between a tough interview process and greater employee satisfaction. According to recent Glassdoor Economic Research across six countries, more challenging interviews upfront are associated with higher employee satisfaction later on.

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