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When I was in college, there were 3 distinct paths a student took – become an attorney, a doctor or graduate with a liberal arts degree. Somehow I fell out of all camps and ended up with a degree in journalism, but the majority of my friends took the “traditional” path and sought after a professional degree of either lawyer or doctor. Looking back, I remember the countless hours all spent preparing for their respective standardized, multiple-choice examinations, as well as the incessant hours of back-and-forth questions and answers helping them all prep for their interviews.
As you can imagine, the end result of the interview process were the oddball interview questions. These are the questions that test a candidate’s ability to think outside the box (based on the content) and on their feet (based on the level of surprise the question might pose). For years, Google was one of the companies most commonly associated with brainteaser interview questions, but earlier this year, the tech giant said it was all done with them (according to an Inc. article).
While I have personally never experienced an oddball interview question, I am curious to know what other crazy interview questions you may have experienced. So, for all of you out there, please comment below about the oddest interview question you have given or received. Or, “if you were a piece of fruit what would you be and why?”
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A coconut because I have a tough exterior and can sometimes be difficult to get into, but entirely worth the effort.
I probably would have responded to a question like that with "Who cares?" Probably the dumbest question I received during an interview was whether I had worked with title 1 of HIPAA. It takes a special kind of stupid to ask a question like that.
The reason for such questions asked is to know the perspective of the applicant or see how differently can they think.