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    They arrived expecting to be quizzed on the financial expertise they would bring to a role at one of the world's most prestigious investment banks.

    Applicants were asked: 'If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?' Photo: GETTY


    Instead, applicants interviewing for a job at Goldman Sachs were asked: "If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?"
    The question has been ranked as the oddest posed at a corporate job interview in the US last year. It topped a list that could prompt many jobseekers to break into a cold sweat.
    Google, the internet giant, which has established a reputation for pitching its job interviews in the left field, asked some applicants: "How many basketballs can you fit in this room?"
    Hopefuls at its online rival Facebook, meanwhile, were asked for the smallest possible number of guesses one would need to discover a certain number between 1 and 1000 if given the hint "higher" or "lower" after each guess.

    Volkswagen, the car manufacturer meanwhile asked: "What would you do if you inherit a pizzeria from your uncle?"

    Laura DeCarlo, the head of Career Directors International, said that employers used the questions to discover which candidates were "creative under pressure".
    "There might not even be a correct or realistic answer, but they want to see you develop a step-by-step response and discover how easily you will quit," she said.
    Ms DeCarlo said that as there was little candidates could do to prepare for such "puzzle questions", they should resolve to stay calm and carry a notepad for impromptu workings-out.
    The questions were compiled by Glassdoor, a careers advice website.

    List of other questions:
    "Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are." Capital One
    "If you could be any superhero, who would it be?" AT&T
    "What do wood and alcohol have in common?" Guardsmark
    "An apple costs 20 cents, an orange costs 40 cents, and a grapefruit costs 60 cents. How much is a pear?" Epic Systems

    Goldman Sachs tops list of oddest interview questions - Telegraph

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    How pointless are all these questions?

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    I filled out an app for FedEx last year and it consisted of 20 pages of fucking story problems - literally. I obviously flunked since I never heard from them. Stupidest damn application I've ever run into.
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    wow

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    Well, I'm not sure I'd want to work for a company that places value on your answers to stupid random questions. Those sound like something potheads ask each other when they're high.

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    i don't have anything against these sorts of questions. knowledge is one thing, personality types and how you react to weird questions and how creative you are under pressure is another.
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    What if you react with hostility?
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    What if you react by drawing dicks all over the pages? Or if you start writing a short story instead of answering? Or if you just start scribbling ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY...
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    Quote Originally Posted by travelbug View Post
    Well, I'm not sure I'd want to work for a company that places value on your answers to stupid random questions. Those sound like something potheads ask each other when they're high.

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    I once had a really good friend set me up with an interview for Capital One ... he was a manager and I basically already had the job but just had to do the actual interview. At the time, I had just graduated from a business school (with high honors) that put us through grueling taped interview processes and then critiqued them endlessly. My DH and I had also just bought a house that we wanted to renovate. When I went to the interview, everything was going great until he got to one question .... "If I gave you $10,000 free and clear, what would you do with it." I said that I renovate and decorate my house because that's what I was into at the time ... I really didn't think it was a wrong answer. He started grilling me, saying I had to use the $10K for fun .... but fun at that time for me was redoing my house, KWIM? I lost the job literally to that one question .... confirmed by my really good friend. And this was about 14 years ago so I can only imagine the kind of questions they ask now. Assholes.

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    I just applied for a position on-line, and they sent me the equivalent of a Meyers-Briggs test to take. Much better than the story problem scenario I described in an earlier post.
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    "Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are." Capital One
    "If you could be any superhero, who would it be?" AT&T
    These two are kind of cool.
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    ^^^
    i think all these questions are pretty cool and a nice change from the usual boring interview questions and standardised psych/personality tests.
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    At the risk of being browbeaten here, I used to ask potential employees what character on a television show would most closely mirror them. My favorite answer from a nerdy, country type guy was Jethro from the Beverly Hillbillies. I asked the question to get some insight into their personality and humor and how they would mesh with the rest of the office. If they responded with Snookie or Homer Simpson...I figured they may not be a good match.

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    I got asked at my latest job "Give me a reason why we should NOT hire you".

    I just looked at the guy point blank and said "You obviously have your own internal candidates you're looking at and need to consider, and who probably bring a lot to the table including intimate knowledge of the company and its processes... but if you want new blood and fresh ideas then you should hire me."
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