Saturday, April 9, 2011

Job Interview Curveball Questions..

This is pretty good.  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?"


  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.