Top 25 Challenging Interview Questions for 2014; Glassdoor Report

More than one in five (22 percent) employees report that searching for a new job is among their top career resolutions for 2014, according to Glassdoor’s 2013 Q4 Employment Confidence Survey. To help job candidates prepare for today’s challenging interview process and to ultimately find a job they love, Glassdoor, a jobs and career community, announced today its annual list of Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions. Based on tens of thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates over the past year, the list uncovers some of the most unexpected interview questions, helping job seekers prepare for anything during an interview in 2014.

Glassdoor’s 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 interviewMore The Zappos Family interview questions. 
  1. “How lucky are you and why?” – Airbnb, Content Manager interviewMore Airbnb interview questions. 
  1. “If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?” – Apple, Specialist interviewMore Apple interview questions. 
  1. “If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?” – Red Frog Events, Event Coordinator interview.More Red Frog Events interview questions. 
  1. “Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?” – Dell, Account Manager interviewMore Dell interview questions. 
  1. “If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?” – Yahoo, Search Quality Analyst interviewMore Yahoo interview questions. 
  1. “If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?” – Bed Bath & Beyond, Sales Associate interview.More Bed Bath & Beyond interview questions 
  1. “Do you believe in Bigfoot?” – Norwegian Cruise Line, Casino Marketing Coordinator interviewMore Norwegian Cruise Line interview questions. 
  1. “Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?” – Xerox, Client Manager interviewMore Xerox interview questions. 
  1. “What is your least favorite thing about humanity?” – ZocDoc, Operations Associate interview.  More ZocDoc interview questions. 
  1. “How would you use Yelp to find the number of businesses in the U.S.?” – Factual, Software Engineer interviewMore Factual interview questions. 
  1. “How honest are you?” – Allied Telesis, Executive Assistant interviewMore Allied Telesis interview questions. 
  1. “How many square feet of pizza are eaten in the U.S. each year?” – Goldman Sachs, Programmer Analyst interviewMore Goldman Sachs interview questions 
  1. “Can you instruct someone how to make an origami ‘cootie catcher’ with just words?” – LivingSocial, Consumer Advocate interviewMore LivingSocial interview questions.   
  1. “If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?” – McKinsey & Company, Associate interviewMore McKinsey & Company interview questions. 
  1. “You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?” – Urban Outfitters Sales Associate interviewMore Urban Outfitters interview questions. 
  1. “How does the internet work?” – Akamai, Director interviewMore Akamai interview questions. 
  1. “If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?” – SinglePlatform, Inside Sales Consultant interviewMore SinglePlatform interview questions. 
  1. “What’s the color of money?” – American Heart Association, Project Manager interviewMore American Heart Association interview questions. 
  1. “What was the last gift you gave someone?” – Gallup, Data Analyst interviewMore Gallup interview questions. 
  1. “What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?” – Applebee’s, Bartender/Neighborhood Expert Server interviewMore Applebee’s interview questions.   
  1. “How many snow shovels sold in the U.S. last year?” – TASER, Leadership Development Program interviewMore TASER interview questions. 
  1. “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 interviewMore ThoughtWorks interview questions. 
  1. “Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt.” – Active Network, Client Applications Specialist interviewMore Active Network interview questions. 
  1. “Have you ever been on a boat?” – Applied Systems, Graphic Designer interviewMore Applied Systems interview questions. 

“While job candidates should be prepared to take on challenging and oddball interview questions during the hiring process, they should also be ready for anything, which includes answering common interview questions,” said Allyson Willoughby, Glassdoor senior vice president of people. “For example, many candidates should be ready to answer questions like:  ‘What are your strengths and weaknesses?’, ‘Why do you want to work here?’ and ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’” To help job candidates prepare for anything, Glassdoor has also compiled a list of the Most Common Interview Questions.