‘How many people born in 2013 were named Gary?’, ‘What will you be famous for?’, ‘If you were a fruit, what would you be?’. These are just a few of the toughest and most bizarre questions job seekers could face when interviewing this year.
Job candidates should be ready for any question thrown at them in today’s competitive recruiting process. To help, Glassdoor has revealed its annual UK list of Top 10 Toughest Interview Questions for 2016. Based on thousands of interview questions* shared by UK job candidates over the past year, the list uncovers the toughest and most bizarre questions job seekers could face when interviewing for any position.
Here’s just a sample of some of the toughest interview questions being asked worldwide:
- “If you were a fruit, what kind would you be and why?” - Topdeck Travel Trip Leader job candidate (London, England). See more Topdeck Travel questions.
- “When a hot dog expands, in which direction does it split and why?” – SpaceX Propulsion Structural Analyst job candidate (New York, NY). See more SpaceX interview questions.
- "How many people born in 2013 were named Gary?” - BT Senior Proposition Manager job candidate (London, England). See more BT interview questions.
- “What was the last thing you Googled?” – Tim Hortons Leadership Development Program job candidate (Oakville, ON). See more Tim Hortons interview questions.
Heading overseas? No matter where your interview is, Glassdoor wants to help, so we’re revealing some of the toughest questions job candidates are being asked in the UK, along with the U.S., Canada, France, Germany and new this year, the Netherlands.
COMPLETE RESULTS: Check out this year’s six lists by country:
Job candidates should be ready to take on any question during an interview, so Glassdoor has also compiled a list of some of the Most Common Interview Questions. In addition, it turns out that there is a statistical link between a tough interview process and greater employee satisfaction. According to recent Glassdoor Economic Research across six countries, more challenging interviews upfront are associated with higher employee satisfaction later on.
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*Methodology: Glassdoor evaluates all approved interview questions shared during the past 12 months by job candidates on Glassdoor. To develop the list, we take into account community feedback (e.g., question tagging like ‘brainteaser’) and compile a range of questions that give job seekers a better idea as to what may come up in an interview. This is a sample list of questions.