There’s nothing worse than being caught off guard during a job interview. Luckily, with the help of Glassdoor’s interview questions & reviews section, you can experience the strangest possible interview questions – all from the safety of your chair. These weirdest questions come courtesy Apple, Twitter, Google, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and a few others. Here we pick the toughest ones asked at technology giants.
Job: Google administrative assistant
Question: If you were given a box of pencils, list 10 things you could do with them that are not their traditional use.
Job: Senior recruiting manager at Amazon
Question: How would you solve problems if you were from Mars?
Job: Apple intern
Question: What’s the most creative way you can break a clock?
Job: Software development engineer at Microsoft
Question: A disc is spinning on a spindle, and you don’t know which way. You are given a set of pins. Describe how you would use them to determine which way the disc is spinning.
Job: Business operations intern at Facebook
Question: You have a bag of with “N” number of strings. At random, you pull out a string’s end. You pull out another string end and you tie the two together. You repeat this until there are no loose ends left to pull out of the bag. What is the expected number of loops?
Job: Product manager at Google
Question: You want to design a phone for deaf people — how do you do it?
Job: Recruiter at Twitter
Question: Why should we not hire you?
Job: Intern at Microsoft
Question: How would you design an elevator?
Job: QA automation engineer at BitTorrent
Question: A dwarf-killing giant lines up 10 dwarfs from shortest to tallest. Each dwarf can see all the shortest dwarfs in front of him, but cannot see the dwarfs behind himself. The giant randomly puts a white or black hat on each dwarf. No dwarf can see their own hat. The giant tells all the dwarfs that he will ask each dwarf, starting with the tallest, for the color of his hat. If the dwarf answers incorrectly, the giant will kill the dwarf. Each dwarf can hear the previous answers, but cannot hear when a dwarf is killed. The dwarves are given an opportunity to collude before the hats are distributed. What strategy should be used to kill the fewest dwarfs, and what is the minimum number of dwarfs that can be saved with this strategy?
Job: Associate consultant at Microsoft
Question: Name as many Microsoft products as you can.
Job: Senior software engineer at Twitter
Question: Is this binary tree a mirror of itself?
Job: Engineering technician at Tesla Motors
Question: How would you describe a dynamometer to an 8-year-old child?
Job: Senior software engineer at Electronic Arts
Question: How do you compute the collision of two moving spheres? Give me both the mathematical equations for the solution as well as an algorithmic implementation