So. I’m aware that asking questions has become a rather large trend after interviews. And for good reason. It shows interest and cognitive thinking. But sometimes I have to ask myself what the people who act questions like these are like outside of a professional environment. While I was Stumbling through the internet and looking for some inspiration, I came across this article. I had to re-read it a few times before asking myself who had the testicular fortitude to really ask these things. For your entertainment, I present you with 25 things I wish I would have thought of first.
1. “If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why?” – Asked at Forrester Research, research associate candidate.
2. “How many cows are in Canada?” – Asked at Google, local data quality evaluator candidate.
3. “How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building?” – Asked at JetBlue, pricing/revenue management analyst candidate.
4. “A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?” – Asked at Clark Construction Group, office engineer candidate.
5. “What songs best describes your work ethic?” – Asked at Dell, consumer sales candidate.
6. “[Amazon CEO] Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?” – Asked at Amazon, product development candidate.
7. “What do you think about when you are alone in your car?” – Asked at Gallup, associate analyst candidate.
8. “How would you rate your memory?” – Asked at Marriott, front desk associate candidate.
9. “Name 3 previous Nobel Prize winners.” – Asked at BenefitsCONNECT, office manager candidate.
10. “Can you say: ‘Peter Pepper Picked a Pickled Pepper’ and cross-sell a washing machine at the same time?” – Asked at MasterCard, call center candidate.
11. “If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?” – Asked at Trader Joe’s, crew candidate.
12. “How would people communicate in a perfect world?” – Asked at Novell, software engineer candidate.
13. “How do you make a tuna sandwich?” – Asked at Astron Consulting, office manager candidate.
14. “My wife and I are going on vacation — where would you recommend?” – Asked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, advisory associate candidate.
15. “You are a head chef at a restaurant and your team has been selected to be on [the TV show] ‘Iron Chef’. How do you prepare your team for the competition, and how do you leverage the competition for your restaurant?” – Asked at Accenture, business analyst candidate.
16. “Estimate how many windows are in New York.” – Asked at Bain & Co., associate consultant candidate.
17. “What’s your favorite song? Perform it for us now.” – Asked at LivingSocial, Adventures City manager candidate.
18. “Calculate the angle of two clock pointers when the time is 11:50.” – Asked at Bank of America, software developer candidate.
19. “Have you ever stolen a pen from work?” – Asked at Jiffy Software, software architect candidate.
20. “Pick two celebrities to be your parents.” – Asked at Urban Outfitters, sales associate candidate.
21. “What kitchen utensil would you be?” – Asked at Bandwidth.com, marketer candidate.
22. “If you had turned you cell phone to silent and it rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what would you tell me?” – Asked at Kimberly-Clark, biomedical engineer candidate.
23. “On a scale from 1 to 10, rate me as an interviewer.” – Asked at Kraft Foods, general laborer candidate.
24. “If you could be anyone else, who would it be?” – Asked at Salesforce.com, sales representative candidate.
25. “How would you direct someone else on how to cook an omelet?” – Asked at PETCO, analyst candidate.