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Top Oddball Interview Questions for 2014 by Glassdoor

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One of the annual features I look forward to is the Glassdoor.com top oddball interview questions. And the list for 2014 has just been published.

If you are wondering why interviewees should be asked oddball questions, then Glassdoor has some advise on that:

“While oddball questions may seem pointless, they can actually be more telling than the straight forward type of interview questions most employers use.”

“Strange or oddball questions are not primarily asked to trick a person, but to uncover qualities about a candidate that can’t be determined from a resume or two-minute drill,” says Susan Ruhl, a managing partner at OI Partners – Innovative Career Consulting in Denver. ”They are designed to uncover how you think, handle unexpected problems and situations, whether you are a good fit for their culture, and how creative you are.”…Read more on Glassdoor.com

Anyway, the top oddball interview questions for 2014 are:

1. “If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office, what type of parade would it be?” – Asked at The Zappos Family.

2. “If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?” – Asked at Bed Bath & Beyond.

3. “How many square feet of pizza is eaten in the US each year?” – Asked at Goldman Sachs.

4. “Most unexpected question: Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt.” – Asked at Active Network.

5. “How honest are you?” – Asked at Allied Telesis

6. “Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer ?” – Asked at Dell

Read the full list of 25 top oddball interview questions on Glassdoor.com [button url=’http://www.glassdoor.com/Top-25-Oddball-Interview-Questions-LST_KQ0,34.htm’ size=’small’ style=’black’] FULL LIST [/button]

I am not a fan of oddball interview questions, because the answers are unquantifiable and depend on factors such as the personal experience or the mood of the listener, and shouldn’t feature in interviews. But then I don’t interview, do I?

What do you think of the questions above and how would you answer them?