Unusual Questions from Job Interviews

11th June 2013

The online jobs community Glassdoor have recently published a list of some of the most bizarre interview questions ever asked by companies, along with some of the most challenging. Glassdoor website hosts more than 300,000 interview questions and lists user-submitted experiences from around the world.

1.) PwC asked an associate candidate a fairly run-of-the-mill but telling question of “If you were to win £1m, what would you do with the money?”

2.) Transport company FirstGroup asked one of their applicants what they thought the most useful function in Excel was, a great query to test analytical skills.

3.) UBS caught an applicant off-guard with “How do you fit a giraffe in a fridge?”

4.) Barclays decided to be more incisive with their questioning and ask a risk candidate how they would cope with the recent European Crisis.

5.) BHP Billiton poses the creative query of “Would you rather fight a horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?”

6.) YO! Sushi asked their applicants to list three words that they think their parents would describe them with.

7.) An introspective insight was given to employers at Gatwick Airport when they asked “By what criteria do you judge your own performance?”

8.) Supermarket giants ALDI asked a store manager candidate to give them an example of the candidate’s “extreme levels of tenacity.”

9.) Marks & Spencer put their applicants on the spot and gave them a disarming question riddled with potential to offend, with “Do you think the quality of our menswear products are as high as our home department products?”

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