Survey finds strangest job interview questions

December 30, 2011 6:16:15 AM PST
Anyone who has been on a job interview knows it is stressful enough without a curveball question from the person you are trying to impress.

The career website Glass Door studied reviews of more than 100,000 interviews to find the most unusual questions of the past year. Here are just a few:

A candidate for a vendor relations position at Google was asked, "How many people are using Facebook in San Francisco at 2:30 on a Friday?"

A manager at the eValu-Serve company told an applicant to "name five uses of a stapler without staples."

An interviewer at Deloitte asked, "Would Mahatma Gandhi have made a good software engineer?"

A job candidate at Hewlett-Packard was asked, "If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?"

An interviewer at Trader Joe's had the question, "What do you think of garden gnomes?"

And this one isn't even a question. A candidate for a "leadership development associate" position at the Acosta Company was told, "just entertain me for five minutes. I'm not going to talk."

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