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US - A strong resume and related professional expertise might not guarantee that you'll ace that job interview.
There has been a growing trend of hiring managers asking job applicants odd questions at interviews.
According to a careers advice website Glassdoor, investment bank Goldman Sachs posed the strangest question of all. One potential applicant was asked, "If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?"
Laura DeCarlo, head of Career Directors International, said employers are increasingly using such questions to discover which candidates were "creative under pressure".
DeCarlo said, "There might not even be a correct or realistic answer, but they want to see you develop a step-by-step response - and discover how easily you will quit."
DeCarlo advised candidates that when faced with such "puzzle questions", they should resolve to stay calm.
Over 80,000 interview questions shared by job candidates were compiled and here are some of the weirdest ones asked:
- "Rate yourself on a scale of one to 10, how weird you are." - Capital One
- "If you could be any superhero, who would it be?" - AT&T
- "What do wood and alcohol have in common?" - Guardsmark
- "An apple costs 20 cents, an orange costs 40 cents, and a grapefruit costs 60 cents. How much is a pear?" - Epic Systems
- "What would you do if you inherit a pizzeria from your uncle?" - Volkswagen
- "How many basketballs can you fit in this room?" - Google
- "Given the numbers, one to 1000, what is the minimum number of guesses needed to find a specific number if you are given the hint "higher" or "lower" for each guess you make?" - Facebook
- "If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner?" - Amazon
- "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 its box. 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?" - Apple
- "How do you weigh an elephant without using a weigh machine?" - IBM
- "How many bottles of beer are [consumed] in the city [in a] week?" - Nielsen
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