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The year’s 25 strangest interview questions

Some companies love throwing curveball questions to candidates during interviews — and these are the weirdest ones we’ve ever seen.  

The jury’s still out on whether or not bizarre interview questions accomplish much during the interview process.

But one thing is clear: Some of the most successful companies in the world — Apple, Zappos, Dell, Yahoo, and more — aren’t afraid to lay a tough, weird question on a candidate.

In fact, Glassdoor has compiled its annual list of the strangest interview questions that companies ask.

They include:

  1. “If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office, what type of parade would it be?” – The Zappos Family
  2. “How lucky are you and why?” – Airbnb
  3. “If you were a pizza deliveryman, how would you benefit from scissors?” – Apple
  4. “If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?” – Red Frog Events
  5. “Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer ?” – Dell
  6.  “If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?” – Yahoo
  7. “If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?” – Bed Bath & Beyond
  8. “Do you believe in Big Foot?” – Norwegian Cruise Line
  9. “Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?” – Xerox
  10. “What is your least favorite thing about humanity?” – ZocDoc
  11. “How would you use Yelp to find the number of businesses in the US?” – Factual
  12. “How honest are you?” – Allied Telesis
  13. “How many square feet of pizza is eaten in the US each year?” – Goldman Sachs
  14. “Can you instruct someone how to make an origami “cootie catcher” with just words?” – LivingSocial
  15. “If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?” – McKinsey & Company
  16. “You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?” – Urban Outfitters
  17. “How does the internet work?” – Akamai
  18. “If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why?” – SinglePlatform
  19. “What’s the color of money?” – American Heart Association
  20. “What was the last gift you gave someone?” – Gallup
  21. “What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?” – Applebee’s
  22. “How many snow shovels were sold in the US last year?” – TASER
  23. “It’s Thursday, we’re staffing you on a telecommunications project in Calgary, Canada on Monday. Your flight and hotel are booked; your visa is ready. What are the top five things you do before you leave?” – ThoughtWorks
  24. “Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt.” – Active Network
  25. “Have you ever been on a boat?” – Applied Systems
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