The year of oddball interview questions


“If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?” At a loss for words?… You may want to brush up on your answer should you find yourself in the job market. After gathering tens of thousands of interview questions from job applicants throughout the year, Glassdoor has posted their annual Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions of 2014. An array of familiar companies top the list with questions such as “How many square feet of pizza is eaten in the US each year?” “Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?” and “If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors?”

FastCompany reports businesses are abandoning traditional interview questions, citing a need for candidates to demonstrate their uniqueness, personality, and dynamic skillsets. As outlined in How To Be A Success At Everything: The Case For Ditching Traditional Job Interviews, the traditional job interview where a candidate sits across from a hiring manager–or a team of prospective colleagues–and gets hammered with questions such as “where do you see yourself in five years?” and “what do you think you can offer our organization?” is becoming more and more outdated as job seekers are increasingly versed at offering what they believe the interviewer wants to hear as  the “right” answer, potentially concealing problematic behaviors.

The list, along with the article, brings up interesting points about the “experience” of interviewing. Check out the full list here, and while you’re at it take a peek at Mashable’s Top 13 Oddball Questions (complete with pictures).

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