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While it is generally recommended that you do your research before engaging in a job interview, when you hear the phrase “you should be ready for anything“, many of us take it with a pinch of salt. How odd or off-the-wall could questions in an interview for a Project Manager position really be?! “What do you think you could bring to the table?”, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” it’s all standard right? WRONG!
Glassdoor, the employer-ranking and career site, just released their list of the Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2014 and believe us, you really wouldn’t want to be in the receiving end of some of them!
Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2014
1. “If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office, what type of parade would it be?” – The Zappos Family, Customer Loyalty Team Member interview.
I’m thinking St. Patrick’s, although I could be quite biased there…
2. “How lucky are you and why?” – Airbnb, Content Manager interview.
Clearly not lucky enough to avoid awkward interview questions.
3. “If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?” – Apple, Specialist interview.
Well, I’d know where to shove them…
4. “If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?” – Red Frog Events, Event Coordinator interview.
That’s easy “There’ll You Be” by Faith Hill, although I do do a mean rendition of “Baby’s Got Back”.
5. “Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?” – Dell, Account Manager interview.
I’ve always been more of a supermarket shopper to be honest.
6. “If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?” – Yahoo, Search Quality Analyst interview.
2. A dentist.
3. JJ Abrams to add a “twist” to it..
7. “If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?” – Bed Bath & Beyond, Sales Associate interview.
“Special K”, bitch.
8. “Do you believe in Bigfoot?” – Norwegian Cruise Line, Casino Marketing Coordinator interview.
Yes, he’s staring at me right now.
9. “Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?” – Xerox, Client Manager interview.
Because fuzzy wuzzy was a woman.
10. “What is your least favorite thing about humanity?” – ZocDoc, Operations Associate interview.
11. “How would you use Yelp to find the number of businesses in the U.S.?” – Factual, Software Engineer interview.
No one uses Yelp anymore.
12. “How honest are you?” – Allied Telesis, Executive Assistant interview.
13. “How many square feet of pizza are eaten in the U.S. each year?” – Goldman Sachs, Programmer Analyst interview.
Pizzas are round, dummy.
14. “Can you instruct someone how to make an origami ‘cootie catcher’ with just words?” – LivingSocial, Consumer Advocate interview.
15. “If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?” – McKinsey & Company, Associate interview. More McKinsey & Company interview questions.
I spent your inheritance on booze and hookers. In your face, kid!
16. “You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?” – Urban Outfitters Sales Associate interview.
17. “How does the internet work?” – Akamai, Director interview.
Me type, Google answer.
18. “If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?” – SinglePlatform, Inside Sales Consultant interview.
Jennifer Lawrence……for reasons….
19. “What’s the color of money?” – American Heart Association, Project Manager interview.
A poor sequel to “The Hustler”
20. “What was the last gift you gave someone?” – Gallup, Data Analyst interview.
Herpes. She never thanked me.
21. “What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?” – Applebee’s, Bartender/Neighborhood Expert Server interview.
Your mom told you, didn’t she?
22. “How many snow shovels sold in the U.S. last year?” – TASER, Leadership Development Program interview.
Sorry, Siri crashed on that one, next?
23. “It’s Thursday; we’re staffing you on a telecommunications project in Calgary, Canada on Monday. Your flight and hotel are booked; your visa is ready. What are the top five things you do before you leave?” – ThoughtWorks, Junior Consultant interview.
My Visas ready?! F**K you Mastercard I’m off to the Sales
24. “Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt.” – Active Network, Client Applications Specialist interview.
The benefits? Well, pretty much not dying. Oh and, not dying.
25. “Have you ever been on a boat?” – Applied Systems, Graphic Designer interview.
Oh, and when you’re finished preparing for the weird and wonderful, don’t forget to take some time and check out the other list detailing The Most Common Interview Questions (it also pays to expect the expected!).
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