**Glassdoor****,** a job-posting and community site for job-seekers, has compiled a list of the oddest interview questions of 2010 to “shed light on the process” and “give job seekers a leg up in their next interview.”

They combed through 80,000 interview questions shared by job candidates on the Glassdoor site to find the wackiest queries and, in so doing, have also managed to identify some of the dumbest companies on the planet. If you are getting questions like these at a job interview it is probably a good time to run.

At best they indicate someone who is completely out of their depth when it comes to interviewing a job candidate and, at worst, someone who is being deliberately difficult, obtuse and manipulative.

- If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?
- How many ridges are there around a quarter? (
**Reportedly from Deloitte**) - What is the philosophy of martial arts? (A spokesperson for
**Aflac**, where this question was used, says she hopes the candidate quoted Kwai Chang Caine from the 1970s TV show*Kung Fu*: “I seek not to know the answers, but to understand the questions.”) - Explain to me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years (Reportedly from
**Boston Consulting**) - Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are (Reportedly from
**Capital One**) - How many basketballs can you fit in this room? (Reportedly from
**Google**) - Out of 25 horses, pick the fastest 3 horses. In each race, only 5 horses can run at the same time. What is the minimum number of races required? (Reportedly from
**Bloomberg LP**) - If you could be any superhero, who would it be? (Reportedly from
**AT&T**) - You have a birthday cake and have exactly three slices to cut it into eight equal pieces. How do you do it? (Reportedly from
**Blackrock**Portfolio Management) - Given the numbers 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? (Reportedly from
**Facebook**) - If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner? (Reportedly from
**Amazon)** - An apple costs 20 cents, an orange costs 40 cents, and a grapefruit costs 60 cents. How much is a pear? (Reportedly from
**Epic Systems**) - There are three boxes. One contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled such that no label identifies the actual contents of its box. Opening just one box, and without looking in the box, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly? (Reportedly from
**Apple**) - How many traffic lights are in Manhattan? (Reportedly from
**Argus Information and Advisory Services**) - You are in a dark room with no light. You have 19 grey socks and 25 black socks. What are the chances you will get a matching pair? (Reportedly from
**Convergex**) - What do wood and alcohol have in common? (Reportedly from
**Guardsmark**) - How do you weigh an elephant without using a weigh machine? (Reportedly from
**IBM**) - You have 8 pennies. Seven weigh the same, but one weighs less. You also have a judge’s scale. Find the penny that weighs less in three steps.
**(**Reportedly from**Intel**) - Why do you think only a small portion of the population makes over $150,000? (Reportedly from
**New York Life**) - You are in charge of 20 people. Organize them to figure out how many bicycles were sold in your area last year. (Reportedly from
**Schlumberger**) - How many bottles of beer are [consumed] in the city [in a] week? (Reportedly from
**Nielsen**) - What’s the square root of 2000? (Reportedly from
**UBS**) - A train leaves San Antonio for Houston at 60 mph. Another train leaves Houston for San Antonio at 80 mph. Houston and San Antonio are 300 miles apart. If a bird leaves San Antonio at 100 mph, and turns around and flies back once it reaches the Houston train, and continues to fly between the two, how far will it have flown when they collide? (Reportedly from
**USAA**) - How are M&Ms made? (Reportedly from
**USBank**) - What would you do if you just inherited a pizzeria from your uncle? (This question comes from
**Volkswagen**.)

*Source: Ambro*

How many cars are crossing the Sydney harbour bridge each day? (Asked by JPMorgan Chase Sydney)

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It's also common for candidates to reiterate the skills and abilities they possess that could be of use within the position, but be cautious.

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