Weirdest Job Interview Questions

Large companies sometimes throw oddball queries at applicants, according to a survey by Glassdoor.com. How would you answer these inquiries?

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why?

What kitchen utensil would you be?

That's a sampling of Glassdoor.com's Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2013, a list gleaned from job candidates at Google, Kraft Foods, JetBlue and other companies over the past year.

Other offbeat questions on the list include "How many cows are in Canada?" (asked at Google) and "Pick two celebrities to be your parents" (asked at Urban Outfitters).

In some cases, the website also published readers' suggested replies, such as these possible retorts to the penguin-in-sombrero question:

  • The penguin says, “Stop asking stupid interview questions.”
  • So, you don't do drug testing here, huh?

To read the full list of weird questions, click here. And, in the comments section below, tell us the strangest thing a job interviewer ever asked you. Can you top Glassdoor's list?

Carol Gallagher February 05, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Thank you Michelle! I would do the same thing. How plan stupid and immature such questions would be.
Carol Gallagher February 05, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Asking someone why they put pepper in their food is just as stupid as all the rest of the questions revealed here. Its frankly none of your business and I doubt relavant to most job duties except if you were applying to be a chef. Get real.
Frank Geefay February 06, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Frank Geefay February 06, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Very good. Some spontaneous, intelligent, and tasteful humor is always well received.
Ben February 06, 2013 at 10:14 PM
I was actually quite serious. If I said what door, I pretty much would have been shown out the door. If I said, yes, certainly I would like my name on a door (of an office) then I would be admitting my ambition has its limits.


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