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Stranges End Of Interview Questions for 2012

Published February 7, 2013 by Jackie

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.