Human resources is an industry and set of concepts in and of itself. Sometimes one has to wonder how HR people come up with the tests and questions they use to filter job applicants. Every year, companies and applicants report some of the weird, novel questions that forward thinking companies are asking their candidates right now. Before your next interview, get ready for some weird, random questions that might be way more difficult – and telling – than the dry, old classics.
Employer: Dropbox (file hosting)
Question: “If you woke up and had 2,000 unread e-mails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?”
Employer: Squarespace (website building)
Question: “What’s your favorite 1990s tune?”
Question: “What would you do first if you were the only survivor of a plane crash?”
Question: “If you had a machine that produced $100 dollars for life, what would you be willing to pay for it today?”
Employer: Stanford University, medical simulation dept.
Question: “Who would win in a fight between Spider-Man and Batman?”
Employer: Redbox, software engineering dept.
Question: “How many people flew out of Chicago last year?”
Employer: Banana Republic (clothing)
Question: “What did you eat for breakfast?”
Employer: Bose (electronics)
Question: “If you were asked to unload a 747 full of jellybeans, what would you do?”
Employer: Spirit Airlines
Question: “How would you describe the color yellow to somebody who is blind?”
Employer: Coldstone Creamery (retail ice cream)
Question: “Who’s your favorite Disney Princess?”