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Weirdest Job Interview Questions

Large companies sometimes throw oddball queries at applicants, according to a survey by Glassdoor.com. How would you answer these inquiries?

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why?

What kitchen utensil would you be?

That's a sampling of Glassdoor.com's Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2013, a list gleaned from job candidates at Google, Kraft Foods, JetBlue and other companies over the past year.

Other offbeat questions on the list include "How many cows are in Canada?" (asked at Google) and "Pick two celebrities to be your parents" (asked at Urban Outfitters).

Among companies in the Puget Sound, Amazon was also on the list with this question about CEO Jeff Bezos: "Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?"

In some cases, the website also published readers' suggested replies, such as these possible retorts to the penguin-in-sombrero question:

  • The penguin says, "Stop asking stupid interview questions."
  • So, you don't do drug testing here, huh?

To read the full list of weird questions, click here. And, in the comments section below, tell us the strangest thing a job interviewer ever asked you. Can you top Glassdoor's list?

Nora McLaughlin January 28, 2013 at 04:03 PM
When I interviewed at Safeco, the bumbling interviewer asked me my favorite class in HIGH SCHOOL. (I had a college degree, post grad work, and 30+ years of work experience as an instructional designer.) I had taught interviewing classes and written sets of interview questions for various levels; that High School question was for people with no work experience. Duh.
Margaret Santjer January 28, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Ouch. Thanks for sharing, Nora. :)

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