Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2013

One in five employees plan to look for a new job in the next three months assuming the economy stays the same or improves, according to the Q4 Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey. With more people entering the job market, candidates will have to compete to land coveted jobs. To give job seekers a leg up in the interview process, Glassdoor, a jobs and career community, released today its annual list of Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions, which is compiled from the tens of thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates over the past year. This list is designed to help job seekers prepare for challenging or unexpected questions that may arise during an interview.

Glassdoor’s Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2013: 

1.      “If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?” – Asked at Forrester Research, Research Associate candidateMore Forrester Research interview questions.

2.      “How many cows are in Canada?” – Asked at Google, Local Data Quality Evaluator candidateMore Google interview questions.

3.      “How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building?” – Asked at JetBlue, Pricing/Revenue Management Analyst candidateMore JetBlue interview questions. 

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 candidateMore Clark Construction Group interview questions.

5.      “What songs best describes your work ethic?” – Asked at Dell, Consumer Sales candidateMore Dell interview questions.

6.      “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 candidateMore Amazon interview questions. 

7.      “What do you think about when you are alone in your car?” – Asked at Gallup, Associate Analyst candidateMore Gallup interview questions.

8.      “How would you rate your memory?” – Asked at Marriott, Front Desk Associate candidateMore Marriott interview questions.

9.      “Name 3 previous Nobel Prize Winners.” – Asked at BenefitsCONNECT, Office Manager candidateMore BenefitsCONNECT interview questions.

10.   “Can you say: ’Peter Pepper Picked a Pickled Pepper’ and cross-sell a washing machine at the same time?” – Asked atMasterCard, Call Centre candidateMore MasterCard interview questions.

11.   “If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?” – Asked at Trader Joe’s, Crew candidateMore Trader Joe’s interview questions.

12.   “How would people communicate in a perfect world?” – Asked at Novell, Software Engineer candidateMore Novell interview questions.

13.   “How do you make a tuna sandwich?” – Asked at Astron Consulting, Office Manager candidateMore Astron Consulting interview questions.

14.   “My wife and I are going on vacation, where would you recommend?” – Asked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Advisory Associate candidateMore PricewaterhouseCoopers interview questions.

15.   “You are a head chef at a restaurant and your team has been selected to be on 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 candidateMore Accenture interview questions.

16.   “Estimate how many windows are in New York.” – Asked at Bain & Company, Associate Consultant candidateMore Bain & Company interview questions.

17.   “What’s your favorite song?  Perform it for us now.” – Asked at LivingSocial, Adventures City Manager candidateMore LivingSocial interview questions.

18.   “Calculate the angle of two clock pointers when time is 11:50.” – Asked at Bank of America, Software Developer candidateMore Bank of America interview questions.

19.   “Have you ever stolen a pen from work?” – Asked at Jiffy Software, Software Architect candidateMore Jiffy Software interview questions.

20.   “Pick two celebrities to be your parents.” – Asked at Urban Outfitters, Sales Associate candidateMore Urban Outfitters interview questions.

21.   “What kitchen utensil would you be?” – Asked at, Marketer candidateMore interview questions.

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 atKimberly-Clark, Biomedical Engineer candidateMore Kimberly-Clark interview questions.

23.   “On a scale from one to ten, rate me as an interviewer.” – Asked at Kraft Foods, General Laborer candidateMore Kraft Foods interview questions.

24.   “If you could be anyone else, who would it be?” – Asked at, Sales Representative candidateMore interview questions.

25.   “How would you direct someone else on how to cook an omelet?” – Asked at PETCO, Analyst candidateMore PETCO interview questions.


While job candidates should be ready to take on some challenging and oddball interview questions, they should also expect to be asked some basic or common interview questions. For example, many candidates should prepare to respond to questions like:  “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”, “Why did you apply for this job?” and “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Glassdoor has also compiled a list of the Most Common Interview Questions.

Interview questions are part of the Interview Reviews feature on Glassdoor which offer insights into the interview process for specific jobs at specific companies – all for free. To date, more than 235,000 interview reviews and 300,000 interview questions around the world have been collected. Interview Reviews include details from actual job candidates about the entire hiring process, including the interview format, how the interview was achieved (e.g. applied online, connected via a recruiter, etc.), average duration, and ratings on the overall interview experience. Each review also includes details as to whether a job offer was made and whether it was accepted or declined, along with any negotiation tips.


See past Oddball Interview Questions on the Glassdoor Blog