17 of the Weirdest Interview Questions Google and Other Big Companies Ask to Identify Top Talent

Because "What's your biggest weakness?" won't help you find the most creative employees.

17 of the Weirdest Interview Questions Google and Other Big Companies Ask to Identify Top Talent
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With excellent perks, great pay and benefits, and high job satisfaction, employees at this year's 50 best companies to work for in America seem to have a good thing going for them.

But before you start seething with envy, you should see some of the questions they had to answer to get there.

To find these odd queries, we sifted through hundreds of reviews on Glassdoor submitted by people who recently interviewed at the top companies.

If you're thinking of tossing your own hat into the job-candidate ring, be sure to prepare for some bizarre questions:

1. Google: "If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?"

2. Facebook: "How many Big Macs does McDonald's sell each year in the U.S.?"

3. Boeing: "What do you think of lava lamps? And Dilbert?"

4. Google: "Choose a city and estimate how many piano tuners operate a business there."

5. Facebook: "How much do you charge to wash every window in Seattle?"

6. Apple: "How many children are born every day?"

7. Hess: "What's your favorite color?"

8. Apple: "If I was talking to your best friend, what is one thing they would say you need to work on?"

9. Google: "If you could be remembered for one sentence, what would it be?"

10. Intel: "Design a spice rack for the blind."

11. Celgene: "Tell me a story."

12. Microsoft: "If you had a choice between two superpowers--being invisible or flying--which would you choose?"

13. St. Jude Medical: "Why are manholes round?"

14. MasterCard: "What do you do if you are approached by an employee who is complaining about a colleague who has horrible body odor?"

15. Cisco: "What kind of tree would you be?"

16. Biogen Idec: "What were you like as a child?"

17. Medtronic: "What do you think you will hate about this job?"

For a diabetes-therapy-associate position

This story first appeared on Business Insider
Nov 23, 2015
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