Job Candidates Must Answer Odd Interview Questions

By Dennis McCafferty
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We're sure you've occasionally been caught off-guard by a surprising job interview question. But have you ever been grilled about your origami acumen? Or the design of a tennis ball? Or your idea of a perfect parade—one that would take place inside an office building? Well, candidates for real job positions at the following top technology companies were asked about these topics, according to this list of "Oddball Interview Questions" compiled by Glassdoor. The list is based on tens of thousands of interview inquiries shared by the job applicants over the past year. In a sense, there's a legitimate method behind what seems like madness: At a tech company, you're expected to think on your feet in innovative ways. So what better way to evaluate that ability than to put you on the hot seat with questions like these? Ultimately, applicants must prepare to discuss anything before an interview—including seemingly nonsensical topics. To help with that, Glassdoor has come up with 50 of the most common interview questions. Glassdoor is an online career community that posts user-generated content such as company-specific salary reports, ratings and reviews.

This article was originally published on 2014-02-06
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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