Oddball Interview Questions Asked by IT Bosses

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-31-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    These job interview questions may seem silly on the surface, but how they’re answered can reveal a lot about a potential IT hire.
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    Agenda Items

    "If you're the CEO, what are the first three things you check about the business when you wake up?" Asked of a Dropbox "rotation program" job candidate.
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    Critter Question
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    Critter Question

    "If you were a gerbil, which kind of gerbil would you be?" Asked of an Airbnb software engineer candidate.
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    Entrepreneurial Inquiry
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    Entrepreneurial Inquiry

    "If I gave you $40,000 to start a business, what would you start?" Asked of a Hubspot account manager candidate.
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    Footloose
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    Footloose

    "How many pairs of shoes are in Boston right now?" Asked of a Microsoft service engineer candidate.
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    The Force or Final Frontier?
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    The Force or Final Frontier?

    "Star Wars or Star Trek?" Asked of a Zappos "family fungineer" candidate.
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    Heavy Duty
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    Heavy Duty

    "How can you weigh an elephant without a scale?" Asked of an Amazon "decommissioning technician" candidate.
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    Production Problem
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    Production Problem

    "If all the hard drive supplies in the world were wiped out, what could you do to make more computers?" Asked of a Dell supply chain strategy candidate.
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    Penalty Flag

    "If a Nerf football hit you in the back of the head, what would you do?" Asked of an Expedia associate systems administrator candidate.
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    "Um, Flip a Coin?"

    "You are in a room with two iron rods. One is magnetized and the other isn't. There are no other metals in the room. How do you figure out which one is magnetized?" Asked of a Workday associate applications developer candidate.
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    "How would you stand out in a crowd of 1,000 people?" Asked of a Hewlett-Packard technical solutions sales associate candidate.
 

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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