Quirky interview questions asked by top companies

Big companies have a reputation for asking difficult, brainteasing questions in interviews which challenge how you act under pressure. Most of the questions require you to be broad minded, and test the way you tackle problems on the spot.

Running through this list below and thinking about how you would answer should get your brain working in the right direction – either that or it will explode.

Facebook:
• “25 racehorses, no stopwatch. 5 tracks. Figure out the top three fastest horses in the fewest number of races.”
• “How would you breakdown the cost of this pen?”
• “Are you smart?”

Google:
• “If you wanted to bring your dog to work but one of your team members was allergic to dogs, what would you do?”
• “Estimate the number of tennis balls that can fit into a plane”
• “How would you solve homelessness in downtown San Francisco?”

Apple:
• “When you walk in the Apple Store as a customer, what do you notice about the store/how do you feel when you first walk in?”
• “If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?”
• “How would you test a toaster?”

Microsoft:
• “How would you test an elevator?”
• “Describe yourself, what excites you?”
• “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?”

Uber:
• “Who is your best friend?”
• “If you have 2 eggs, and you want to figure out what’s the highest floor from which you can drop the egg without breaking it, how would you do it? What’s the optimal solution?”
• “How many children are born every day?”

Career expert Lily Zhang said: “Your interviewer isn’t necessarily looking for a right answer. He wants to determine how quickly you can think on your feet, how you’ll approach a difficult situation, and, most importantly, whether you can remain positive and proactive and make progress in the face of a challenge.”
They are obviously a little different to traditional interview questions such as ‘Why do you want this job?’ and ‘Tell me about a time you worked as part of a team’, so how do you think you would fare under the spotlight of the more quirky ones?

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