Why are manhole covers round? How many cows are in Canada? How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building?
These are just a few examples of actual interview questions — you’ve probably heard of a few. Today we get a glimpse into even more crazy inquiries thanks to Glassdoor, which just published its annual list of the top 25 oddball interview questions for 2014.
Some of them are simply ridiculous: For example, Apple asks, “If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?” Or, how about this one from Xerox: “Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?”
Glassdoor, which compiles salary and workplace data on more than 300,000 companies, has hand-picked the most ludicrous questions from companies like Yahoo, Airbnb and Goldman Sachs. (Side note: If you’re wondering what the most common interview questions are, Glassdoor has put together of list of those, too.)
How would you answer these questions? And do you think they’re even a good way to gauge if someone will be the right fit at your company? Let us know in the comments below.
1.“If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office, what type of parade would it be?” – The Zappos Family, Customer Loyalty Team Member interview. More The Zappos Family interview questions.
8. “Do you believe in Bigfoot?” – Norwegian Cruise Line, Casino Marketing Coordinator interview. More Norwegian Cruise Line interview questions.
19. “What’s the color of money?” – American Heart Association, Project Manager interview. More American Heart Association interview questions.
21. “What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?” – Applebee’s, Bartender/Neighborhood Expert Server interview. More Applebee’s interview questions.
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, Junior Consultant interview. More ThoughtWorks interview questions.
24. “Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt.” – Active Network, Client Applications Specialist interview. More Active Network interview questions.