Oddball Interview Questions Asked by IT Bosses

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-31-2016 Email

As a CIO, you've probably asked a lot of IT job candidates a lot of interview questions. But have you ever inquired as to whether a potential hire would like to be a particular kind of gerbil? Or pose a challenge that involves weighing an elephant? Believe it or not, actual tech position candidates were asked about these and other off-the-wall topics during real interviews. It's all part of Glassdoor's annual "Oddball" job interview questions list, and we're highlighting the tech candidate-specific questions here. While the inquiries may seem unusual and even silly on the surface, many are intended to catch potential hires off-guard while challenging them to think quickly and insightfully on the spot. "Job candidates … should be ready to answer any question, from the most basic to the most challenging," said Susan Underwood, head of global recruiting and talent acquisition for Glassdoor. "Employers are asking tough interview questions to test a job candidate's critical thinking skills, see how they problem solve on the spot, and gauge how they approach difficult situations. Employers want to determine how different candidates respond to challenges." The questions were compiled from postings shared by Glassdoor users/job seekers.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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