The Weirdest Interview Questions Last Year

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Everyone knows that some companies are famous for asking weird interview questions–Google, for one. But Google’s not the only guilty party. compiled some of the strangest questions submitted to their site by job candidates in 2012 to pick the 25 most oddball. At Forrester Research, for example, a candidate was purportedly asked, “If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?” (Florida, no question. Sorry Floridians.)

We also asked Glassdoor to find some of the most oddball interview questions at media companies. Seems that we journalists, flacks, and ad folks aren’t all that weird, because they were only able to come up with two (well, three, but one wasn’t that oddball at all).

However, at Ogilvy & Mather, a prospective account manager was asked: “Will you sell a product that kills someone?” And at Edelman, a senior account executive was asked, “How often do you wash your car?”

That last one’s fairly weird. Weirder, maybe, than even a sample interview question at Clark Construction Group, which according to the Glassdoor release, was:

“A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?”

This trend of “gimmick” interview questions really needs to stop, in our opinion. Some of them tell you something useful about the candidate, like how s/he thinks, but most are just designed to catch the candidate off guard and don’t give any useful information about how he or she would perform on the job. Here’s more info about that from TLNT.