A new survey reveals the best oddball questions that your interviewee has never heard before.
A good interview question can give you insight into a potential hire’s critical thinking process, communication skills, and ability to think and execute on their feet.
But with the the amount of prep they do these days, there’s a good chance that your candidate has probably already heard just about every question you’re about to ask them during their job interview.
Glassdoor.com recently compiled a list of the top 25 oddball questions that big businesses, including Amazon and Trader Joes, ask during their hiring interviews.
Here are 10 that will put your interviewee on their toes and hopefully give you a chance to see if they can think outside the box.
1. “If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why?” Asked at Forrester.
2. “What song best describes your work ethic?” Asked at Dell.
3. “Jess Bezos [or, our CEO] walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?” Asked at Amazon.
4. “Name 3 previous Nobel Prize Winners.” Asked at benefitsCONNECT.
5. “If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?” Asked atTrader Joe’s.
6. “My wife and I are going on vacation, where would you recommend?” Asked atPricewaterhouseCoopers.
7. “Calculate the angle of two clock pointer when the time is 11:50.” Asked at Bank of America.
8. “Have you ever stolen a pen from work?” Asked at Jiffy Software.
9. “If you had turned your cell phone to silent, and it rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what would you tell me?” Asked at Kimberly-Clark.
10. “On a scale from one to ten, rate me as an interviewer.” Asked at Kraft Foods.