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Old 01-23-2014, 09:38 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions | Glassdoor

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"If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors?"
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"You're a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?"




I haven't been in the job market for decades so I have no clue how the application and interview process works. How common is this, really?
Are these questions to test applicant's ability to think on their feet, as a test for creativity (if the job description warrants that), to see if the applicant is somehow a good fit based on studies of previous answers to that question, or just for the amusement of the interviewer...?
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:01 AM
 
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I always see these questions on articles about interviewing for the "big" names like google. They are offered to differentiate candidates who are all very strongly qualified. At the end of the day, they are ridiculous imo! Mostly a novelty or to see how the candidate responds to an off beat question.

They are not common and the only time I had to answer anything close to this was 10 years ago when a guy from a car dealership wanted me to do rapid response to single word prompts. He slipped "commission-only" into his list and I responded "okay". He offered me the initial training and I never showed up.

If I were a Pizza Delivery man I would use the scissors for protection. In case there is a lonely housewife who means me harm...
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions | Glassdoor









I haven't been in the job market for decades so I have no clue how the application and interview process works. How common is this, really?
Are these questions to test applicant's ability to think on their feet, as a test for creativity (if the job description warrants that), to see if the applicant is somehow a good fit based on studies of previous answers to that question, or just for the amusement of the interviewer...?
Not common in most places. These are for more casual workplaces that embrace creativity and are less reserved. It's a fun icebreaker as much as a thinking on one's feet question.
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Sunnyside
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Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions | Glassdoor









I haven't been in the job market for decades so I have no clue how the application and interview process works. How common is this, really?
Are these questions to test applicant's ability to think on their feet, as a test for creativity (if the job description warrants that), to see if the applicant is somehow a good fit based on studies of previous answers to that question, or just for the amusement of the interviewer...?

If you have 10 applicants you are interviewing, and 9 of them have 4.0's from Ivy's, that all answer the "off the wall" question like a robot, and one last person with a 3.5 from somewhere like U of M that answers the same question with color and personality.

Which of those 10 would you want to spend 8+ hours a day with?
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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"What is your least favorite thing about humanity?"

Oh God, I'd come off looking like a complete soulless prick with this one.

"People care too much about the wellbeing of others," would be my answer. >_>
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:29 PM
 
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That's your LEAST favorite thing?...
I'd say people don't care enough about the well being of others.
OP, those are pretty weird questions alright...seem kinda silly to me.
Sure glad I'm not still looking.
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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That's your LEAST favorite thing?...
I'd say people don't care enough about the well being of others.
Yes. I personally think that people are far to empathetic and kind to others. I've always held a "every man/woman for themselves" mentality, since I was a kid, and it personally disgusts me to see people helping each other. I don't see a benefit in volunteering, donating time, etc. If I don't get some type of monetary or personal gain (and I'm not talking about some stupid "warm and fuzzy" feeling), I have absolutely no interest in partaking. I have better things to do.

Not exactly sure why my mind has always been like this - my parents are both very into helping others, volunteering, etc, and tried to get me to partake as a child/young adult, and I flat-out refused - but it's just how my mind works. And I fully accepted it early on, and it's served me very well.
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Sunnyside
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Yes. I personally think that people are far to empathetic and kind to others. I've always held a "every man/woman for themselves" mentality, since I was a kid, and it personally disgusts me to see people helping each other. I don't see a benefit in volunteering, donating time, etc. If I don't get some type of monetary or personal gain (and I'm not talking about some stupid "warm and fuzzy" feeling), I have absolutely no interest in partaking. I have better things to do.

Not exactly sure why my mind has always been like this - my parents are both very into helping others, volunteering, etc, and tried to get me to partake as a child/young adult, and I flat-out refused - but it's just how my mind works. And I fully accepted it early on, and it's served me very well.
That answer to that question would get put on a fast track to upper management!
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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That answer to that question would get put on a fast track to upper management!
I guess it works well that I'm already in upper management, then, lol.

Not that any of my associates are aware of my highly anti-humanistic viewpoints, but whatever.
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:02 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have been a manager or supervisor for many years and have yet to use any of the questions given. I suppose there could be some actual information to be gained from the answers to some of these for certain jobs, but I prefer to use my limited interviewing time asking questions that help me determine who is best qualified to do the work I need done. I can use my own instincts and good judgement to spot a personality that would not be a good fit. The answers to these kinds of questions are rarely honest anyway, people try to guess the answer that you are looking for.
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