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Want To Work For An Innovative Company? Be Prepared To Answer These Unusual Interview Questions

"If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why?" and more oddball questions you might be asked on your next job interview.

The next time you step into a job interview, don't just go in armed with mental bullet points depicting your strengths and weaknesses, or a winding story about your ability to persevere during times of crisis. Employers at some of the most coveted companies have other questions in mind, according to a new Glassdoor list of the top 25 oddball interview questions for 2013:

"How many cows are in Canada?" — Google

"Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?" — Amazon

"If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?" — Trader Joe's

"How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building?" — JetBlue

See the full list here.

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  • Tim Britt

    I don't think there is a right or wrong answer to many of those questions but your response's can tell the interviewers a great deal about you such as you're sense of humour, your pattern of thought and your ability to think analytically i.e if a quarter is 2 centimeters in diameter (that's a guess) and the empire state building is 433m (wikipedia) then you'll need 50 x 433 = ...21, 650 quarters (calculator!)

    Interesting questions can seem a bit irrelevant but they'll always have some reason for asking them, it's just the not knowing what those reasons are that can throw a lot of people. 

  • Barbara Mckinney

    May I know the reason why they asked this kind of questions in an interview?. If would be in this kind of situation,I honestly don't know what would be the right thing to say:)

  • Paul H. Burton

    The one I use is: If this was your office, how would you arrange the furniture? It tests (a) how a candidate reacts to an unexpected question, (b) whether a candidate pauses to think before answering, (c) whether a candidate will champion an idea other than mine, and (d) whether they can teach me something new - a better way to arrange my office.

  • Paul H. Burton

    Andrew: I believe a considered response to a relatively complex (and unexpected) question is a good rule of thumb. To be considered, most people would need to pause. In addition, an interview is an opportunity to display skills and thoughtfulness is rarely a negative trait in a prospective employee.