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25 weird interview questions

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  1. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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  2. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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

    2. How many ridges are there around a quarter? (Reportedly from Deloitte)

    3. What is the philosophy of martial arts? (A spokesperson for Aflac (NYSE: AFL - News), where this question was used, says she hopes the candidate quoted Kwai Chang Caine from the 1970s TV show Kung Fu: "I seek not to know the answers, but to understand the questions.")

    4. Explain to me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years (Reportedly from Boston Consulting)

    5. Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are (Reportedly from Capital One (NYSE: COF - News))

    6. How many basketballs can you fit in this room? (Reportedly from Google (NasdaqGS: GOOG - News))

    7. 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? (Reportedly from Bloomberg LP)

    8. If you could be any superhero, who would it be? (Reportedly from AT&T (NYSE: T - News))

    9. You have a birthday cake and have exactly three slices to cut it into eight equal pieces. How do you do it? (Reportedly from Blackrock Portfolio Management (NYSE: BLK - News))

    10. Given the numbers 1 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? (Reportedly from Facebook)
  3. kmp77

    kmp77 Active Member

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    My last job interview asked what kind of super power I would have. I seriously wanted to slap the crud out of those people.
  4. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Well which one was it?
  5. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    Invisible embezzling.
  6. Go Big D!

    Go Big D! Destination End Zone

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    :lmao:


    Not a weird one but the one I dispise the most:
    "What is your worst personal quality?"

    My answer.
    "Brutal honesty and I hate that question." lol.
  7. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    :laugh2:

    That would be a good one.
  8. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Obviously one in the minimum and you wouldn't need a "higher" or "lower" hint if you nailed it. You would be damn lucky to get it on the first try though.
  9. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    this was my answer as well
  10. hairic

    hairic Well-Known Member

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    It sounds like it's a binary search question, but using the term minimum vs maximum makes it confusing.

    2^10 = 1024, so the max guesses needed to find a value in the range of 1000 is 10. Minimum is 1, or 0 for some BS lateral thinking interview answer - like if you asked the interviewer for the number rather than guess it and they give it to you, no guessing is needed.
  11. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    btw my answer for the pencil in a blender question is: put feet against one side, hands on the other and walk myself up the sides till i could reach the lip and climb out
  12. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    3. What is the philosophy of martial arts? (A spokesperson for Aflac (NYSE: AFL - News), where this question was used, says she hopes the candidate quoted Kwai Chang Caine from the 1970s TV show Kung Fu: "I seek not to know the answers, but to understand the questions.")


    This is funny the first thing I ask is which martial Art are you referring to ?

    If they just say Kung Fu I ask while which Kung Fu because White crane does not have the same as Pragmatists or Drunken Master or the 20 different types of Kung Fu haha
  13. Bigdog

    Bigdog Well-Known Member

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    I had a freind of mine who was asked "What was the last mistake you made and tell me about it?"

    His answer "Interviewing for this job as your competitor has already offered me place at their company and the compensation and benefits are way better."

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