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The 25 Weirdest Questions Job Interviewees Faced in 2011

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Preparation, preparation and more preparation -- that’s the advice that most job seekers receive when they land a coveted job interview. Anyone who’s ever interviewed for a job knows the drill by now: Learn as much about your prospective employer as possible by visiting their website and prepare for questions like “What’s your greatest strength and weakness?” or “Where do you see yourself in X years?”
However, even with the most sound of preparations, interviewers like to throw applicants left-field questions once in a while, perhaps to determine if you can think on your feet or to evaluate if you will fit the culture of the company. For some of these questions, there is simply no way for job interviewees to prepare.
What kind of oddball questions have job seekers encountered in 2011? From mathematical puzzles to questions that wouldn’t be out of place on a first date, here’s a list of the 25 weirdest job interview questions of the year, unsurprisingly comprised of mainly questions from tech companies, which tend to look for employees who can provide unconventional solutions, that employment website Glassdoor has compiled.
  1. “How many people are using Facebook in San Francisco at 2:30 p.m. on a Friday?” – Asked at Google (GOOG)
  2. “Just entertain me for five minutes; I'm not going to talk.” – Asked at Acosta,
  1. “If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?” – Asked at Hewlett-Packard (HP)
  1. “Given 20 "destructible" light bulbs (which break at a certain height), and a building with 100 floors, how do you determine the height that the light bulbs break?” – Asked at QUALCOMM (QCOM)
  1. “What do you think of garden gnomes?” – Asked at Trader Joe’s
  1. “Is your college GPA reflective of your potential?” – Asked at the Advisory Board
  1. “Would Mahatma Gandhi have made a good software engineer?” – Asked at Deloitte
  1. “If you could be #1 employee but have all your coworkers dislike you or you could be #15 employee and have all your coworkers like you, which would you choose?” – Asked at ADP (ADP)
  1. “How would you cure world hunger?” – Asked at Amazon (AMZN)
  1. “Room, desk and car - which do you clean first?” – Asked at Pinkberry
  1. “Does life fascinate you?” – Asked at Ernst & Young
  1. “Please spell ‘diverticulitis’.” – Asked at EMSI Engineering
  1. “Name 5 uses of a stapler without staple pins.” – Asked at EvaluServe
  1. “How much money did residents of Dallas/Ft. Worth spend on gasoline in 2008?” – Asked at American Airlines (AMR)
  1. “You're in a row boat, which is in a large tank filled with water.  You have an anchor on board, which you throw overboard (the chain is long enough so the anchor rests completely on the bottom of the tank). Does the water level in the tank rise or fall?” – Asked at Tesla Motors (TSLA)
  1.  “How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator?” – Asked at Horizon Group Properties
  1. “You have a bouquet of flowers.  All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips.  How many flowers do you have?” – Asked at Epic Systems
  1. “How many planes are currently flying over Kansas?” – Asked at Best Buy (BBY)
  1. “How many different ways can you get water from a lake at the foot of a mountain, up to the top of the mountain?” – Asked at Disney Parks & Resorts (DIS)
  1. “What is 37 times 37?” – Asked at Jane Street Capital
  1. “If you could be a superhero, what power would you possess?” – Asked at Rain and Hail Insurance
  1. “If you were a Microsoft Office program, which one would you be?” – Asked at Summit Racing Equipment
  1.  “Pepsi or Coke?” – Asked at United Health Group (UNH)
  1. “Are you exhaling warm air?” – Asked at Walker Marketing
  1. “How do you feel about those jokers at Congress?” – Asked at Consolidated Electrical
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