The change-up is one of the most potent pitches in baseball. Likewise, a change-of-pace interview question can give HR and hiring managers keen insight into a job candidate’s analytical, creative and organizational thinking.
Here are 15 of the most intriguing interview questions from the more than 14,000 submitted by job candidates last year through Glassdoor.com, an online career community.
1. How would you move Mount Fuji?
2. What was your best MacGyver moment?
3. How you would determine how many house painters there are in the United States?
4. If I put you in a sealed room with a phone that had no dial tone, how would you fix it?
5. If both a taxi and a limo were priced the same, which one would you choose?
6. How do you measure nine minutes using only a four-minute and seven-minute hourglass?
7. What are five uncommon uses of a brick, not including building, layering or a paperweight?
8. If you died, what do you think your eulogy would say about you?
9. If you saw someone steal a quarter, would you report it?
10. How would you sell me eggnog in Florida in the summer?
11. What should it cost to rent Central Park for commercial purposes?
12. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
13. What is the probability of throwing 11 and over with a pair of dice?
14. How many light bulbs are in this building?
15. If you were a brick in a wall, which brick would you be and why?
(Note: To read 10 more oddball questions and the suggested answers to all, go to www.glassdoor.com/blog/top-oddball-interview-questions-2009.)
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