Oddball interview questions from tech companies

Every Recruitment Agency tells their prospective candidates to do their homework and prepare for the interview by researching the Company they are interviewing with , and then the interviewer throws you a curve ball with one of the weirdest questions you’ve ever been asked.   Accordingly to Glassdoors’ information here are some of the strangest interview questions asked by some well-known tech companies:


  • Airbnd:  What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?
  • Squarespace:  What’s your favourite 90’s jam?
  • Dropbox:  If you work up and had 2 000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?
  • Standford:  Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman?
  • Bose:  If you were asked to unload a 747 full of jelly beans, what would you do?
  • Google:  How many basketballs can you fit in this room?
  • AT&T:  If you could be any superhero, who would it be?
  • Facebook:  Given the number 1 to 1000, what is the minimum number of guesses needed to find a specific number if you are given the hint “higher” or “lower” for each guess you make?
  • Amazon:  If you had 5 623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be place to determine the winner?
  • IBM:  How do you weigh an elephant without using a weighing machine?
  • Intel: You have 8 pennies, 7 weighs less.  You also have a judge’s scale.  Find the one that weight less in less than 3 steps.

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Although there is no shortage of unorthodox interview question to ask candidates, the question really is why? 

Firstly it’s important to realise that there are no right or wrong answers.  Open-end questions create dialogue and give the interviewer and chance to see how you react to the unexpected.  Can you think on your feet?  How does it spark your creativity?  So, if you are asked an off-beat question at your next interview, pause and breathe before answering.

Monday, 29 February 2016 14:43