Strange Questions for Job Seekers

I don't have to tell you it's rough out there in the job market.

Job Interview
Job Interview

Even rougher when you're forced to answer interview questions created by some PhD/MBA/SOB. will release on Thursday its list of the 25 weirdest questions asked of job applicants in 2010.

I got a sneak peek.

Thank goodness I don't need a new job. I'd never get hired.

Here are my favorites:

  • “If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?”

—Asked at Goldman Sachs for an analyst position.

Jane's answer: "By writing you off as an idiot for asking that."

  • “Explain [to] me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years.”

—Asked at Boston Consulting for a consultant position.

Jane's answer: "We were attacked, went to war, the economy ballooned, then burst in a historic way, and yet people like you still managed to get into positions of authority."

  • “Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are.”

—Asked at Capital One for an operations Analyst position.

Jane's answer: "I'm a 9. You're a 10."

  • “Out of 25 horses, pick the fastest 3 horses. In each race, only 5 horses can run at the same time. What is the minimum number of races required?”

—Asked at Bloomberg LP Financial for a software developer position.

Jane's answer: "That color really flatters your eyes."

  • “Given the numbers 1 to 1000, what is the minimum numbers guesses needed to find a specific number if you are given the hint 'higher' or 'lower' for each guess you make.”

—Asked at Facebook for a software engineer position.

Jane's answer: "Unlike."

  • “There are three boxes, one contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled such that no label identifies the actual contents of the box it labels. Opening just one box, and without looking in the box, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?”

—Asked at Apple for a software quality assurance engineer position.

Jane's answer: "Wait, you work for Apple and you're asking me about oranges?"

  • “What do wood and alcohol have in common?”

—Asked at Guardsmark for a staff writer position.

Jane's answer: "They can both make my head hurt. Just like this interview."

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