Saturday, April 9, 2011

Job Interview Curveball Questions..

This is pretty good.  Fortune.com:  The most ridiculous job interview questions.

"As if job interviews weren't stressful enough, hiring managers at some of the largest companies have taken to throwing real curve balls. Here's a sampling of the wackiest questions..."

"Explain quantum electrodynamics in two minutes, starting now." -- Intel
"How many balloons would fit in this room?" -- PricewaterhouseCoopers
"If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?" -- Goldman Sachs
"You have a bouquet of flowers. All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips. How many flowers do you have?" -- Epic Systems
"What is the philosophy of martial arts?" -- Aflac
"Explain to me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years." -- Boston Consulting
"If you could be any superhero, which one would you be?" -- AT&T
"How do you weigh an elephant without using a scale?" -- IBM
"If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner?" -- Amazon
"How many bricks are there in Shanghai? Consider only residential buildings." --Deloitte Consulting

Pretty funny.  I've actually used a couple of my own curveball questions when interviewing college students for engineering co-op positions.  Just to see how they would answer.  Should be totally easy questions for a 3rd or 4th year engineering student but its fun to see the reaction to the question.  To me its more telling than their actual answer.  I want to see how stressed out it makes them to handle a curveball.

" What's the difference between enthalpy and entropy?"
" Do you put the acid in the water or the water in the acid?"
" How many milliliters in a cubic centimeter?"

2 comments:

  1. Tks very much for your post.

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  2. Nice guidelines. I also used a couple of my own curveball questions when taking an interview of any college student.

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