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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).

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?

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Frank Geefay January 28, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Glassdoor's Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2013 and my answers: 1. "If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?" The state of least consequence. 2. "How many cows are in Canada?" I couldn’t care less than the US. 3. "How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building?" Layed on top of one another or standing on end? In any case more than I can imagine ever having. 4. "A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?" In penguin language with a heavy Hispanic accent “Where am I? What am I doing here?” 5. "What songs best describes your work ethic?" Born Free and Old Man River 6. "Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?" A Roth IRA 7. "What do you think about when you are alone in your car?" Darn that traffic. How much further to my destination. 8. "How would you rate your memory?" Would you please repeat the question? 9. "Name 3 previous Nobel Prize Winners." Albert Einstein, Albert Einstein, and Albert Einstein. 10. "Can you say: 'Peter Pepper Picked a Pickled Pepper' and cross-sell a washing machine at the same time?" Would you please repeat the question? 11. "If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?" Nothing unless you made me a very good job offered first.
Frank Geefay January 28, 2013 at 01:04 AM
12. "How would people communicate in a perfect world?" Perfectly. 13. "How do you make a tuna sandwich?" I wouldn’t. I don’t like tuna. 14. "My wife and I are going on vacation, where would you recommend?" Stay home and give me a job and the money. I need the vacation worse than you before starting my new job. 15. "You are a head chef at a restaurant and your team has been selected to be on Iron Chef. How do you prepare your team for the competition and how do you leverage the competition for your restaurant?" Tell the team to cook all their best meals for me then let them buy me a restaurant to leverage. 16. "Estimate how many windows are in New York." More than I want or will ever need. 17. "What's your favorite song? Perform it for us now." Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. I’ll first need a full size orchestra. 18. "Calculate the angle of two clock pointers when time is 11:50." My digital clock has no angles. 19. "Have you ever stolen a pen from work?" Ink or ball point? 20. "Pick two celebrities to be your parents." Supper Man and Wonder Woman. 21. "What kitchen utensil would you be?" None. I like what I presently am, a person. 22. "If you had turned your cell phone to silent, and it rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what would you tell me?" Didn’t I already turn it to silent? It can’t ring softly or really loud. 23. "On a scale from one to ten, rate me as an interviewer." +20. Thanks for the job offer.
Frank Geefay January 28, 2013 at 01:05 AM
24. "If you could be anyone else, who would it be?" You because you have a job. 25. "How would you direct someone else on how to cook an omelet?" I’d direct them to carefully follow the instructions on a recipe book. I work hard but don’t cook.

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