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Top 10 oddball interview questions

Job candidates must be prepared for anything during an interview, according to Glassdoor, the transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace.

The company therefore combed through hundreds of thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates over the past year to compile its annual list of the Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions.

Here are the questions selected.

1. Asked at Space Exploration Technologies. "When a hot dog expands, in which direction does it split and why?"

2. Asked at Whole Foods Market. "Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?"

3. Asked at Dropbox. "If you’re the CEO, what are the first three things you check about the business when you wake up?"

4. Asked at Urban Outfitters. "What would the name of your debut album be?"

5. Asked at J.W. Business Acquisitions. "How would you sell hot cocoa in Florida?"

6. Asked at HubSpot. "If I gave you $40,000 to start a business, what would you start?"

7. Asked at Trader Joe’s. "What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?"

8. Asked at Boston Consulting Group. "If you were a brand, what would be your motto?"

9. Asked at Delta Air Lines. "How many basketballs would fit in this room?"

10. Asked at Uniqlo. "If you had $2,000, how would you double it in 24 hours?"

Although oddball questions may seem pointless, answers can actually be more telling than the straightforward type of interview questions most employers use, notes Donna Fuscaldo in her Glassdoor article “Why HR Should Consider Asking Oddball Interview Questions.”

Yet, even though oddball questions may show how a candidate thinks on his or her feet, it is advisable not to ask too many of them—or you may come across as an oddball employer.


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