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The 13 Weirdest Interview Questions You’ll Hear in 2014


You stare across the desk at the hiring manager. You’re poised, confident, ready for anything. You nailed the handshake, you’re making great eye contact, nothing can stop you. You’ve earned this job. It’s yours.

The interviewer leans in close and whispers, “Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?”

Wait — what?

As ridiculous as it sounds, this scenario actually happens during job interviews across the country. In what must be the result of stir-crazy HR departments, the typical interview question is getting weirder — especially in the tech sector.

After collecting tens of thousands of interview questions from job applicants throughout the year, Glassdoor has released its annual list of the strangest questions from around the hiring world. Below, we’ve listed the 13 that we found to be, well, the strangest.

1. “Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?” – Dell

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IMAGE: 20TH CENTURY FOX

2. “What is your least favorite thing about humanity?” – ZocDoc

everything is terrible

 

3. “If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office, what type of parade would it be?” – Zappos

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IMAGE: NBC

4. “How many square feet of pizza are eaten in the U.S. each year?” -Goldman Sachs

Shark Pizza

 

IMAGE: HOBOLUNCHBOX

5. “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

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IMAGE: FOX

6. “Have you ever been on a boat?” – Applied Systems

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7. “Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt.” -Active Network

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IMAGE: FOX

8. “How does the Internet work?” – Akamai

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IMAGE: FOX

9. “If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?” – Apple

Ron Swanson

 

IMAGE: NBC

10. “Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?” – Xerox

Scrubs

 

IMAGE: NBC

11. “Can you instruct someone how to make an origami ‘cootie catcher’ with just words?” – LivingSocial

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12. “How honest are you?” – Allied Telesis

Liar Liar

 

13. “If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?” – Yahoo

Survivor

IMAGE: CBS

For those looking to enter the workforce, Glassdoor has also compiled a slightly more normal list of the 50 most common interview questions.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

You stare across the desk at the hiring manager. You're poised, confident, ready for anything. You nailed the handshake, you're making great eye contact, nothing can stop you. You've earned this job. It's yours. The interviewer leans in close and whispers, "Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?" Wait — what? As ridiculous as it sounds, this scenario actually happens during job interviews across the country. In what must be the result of stir-crazy HR departments, the typical interview question is getting weirder — especially in the tech sector. After collecting tens of thousands of interview questions from job applicants throughout the year, Glassdoor has released its annual list of the strangest questions from around the hiring world. Below, we've listed the 13 that we found to be, well, the strangest. 1. “Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?” - Dell   IMAGE: 20TH CENTURY FOX 2. “What is your least favorite thing about humanity?” - ZocDoc   IMAGE: JAKEFOGELNEST 3. “If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office, what type of parade would it be?” - Zappos   IMAGE: NBC 4. “How many square feet of pizza are eaten in the U.S. each year?” -Goldman Sachs   IMAGE: HOBOLUNCHBOX 5. “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 IMAGE: FOX 6. “Have you ever been on a boat?” - Applied Systems   IMAGE: TOUCHSTONE PICTURES 7. “Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt.” -Active Network IMAGE: FOX 8. “How does the Internet work?” - Akamai IMAGE: FOX 9. “If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?” - Apple   IMAGE: NBC 10. “Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?” - Xerox   IMAGE: NBC 11. "Can you instruct someone how to make an origami 'cootie catcher' with just words?” - LivingSocial   IMAGE: CHRONIC-GENDERBENDER 12. “How honest are you?” - Allied Telesis   IMAGE: IMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT 13. “If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?” - Yahoo IMAGE: CBS For those looking to enter the workforce, Glassdoor has also compiled a slightly more normal list of the 50 most common interview questions. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

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