Over the years, tech giants such as Google and Facebook have gained a reputation for asking odd interview questions.
These questions can provide insights into how a candidate thinks on their feet and can reveal more about your personality than typical interview questions like what are your salary expectations.
Take Google’s famous “How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?” question. Google doesn’t expect candidates to come up with the correct answer. They’re more interested in the steps the candidate takes to come up with an answer.
For example, using the school bus question, the candidate can assume the average size of a golf ball, and the average size of a school bus.
From there, using simple math the candidate can come up with a reasonable guess on how many golf balls could fit in a bus.
Again, the actual answer is not important, it’s the steps taken to get to the answer that matters.
Some questions are brain teasers but in addition to questions that test your logic, tech giants may ask questions that aim at learning more about your personality. Take one of the questions featured in the infographic below.
Airbnb has previously asked candidates “What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?” There is no right answer, only insights into your personality.
If you decide to look for help, it shows you’re not afraid to ask for help. On the other hand, if you elect to go look for food immediately, you may be a more individual-oriented person.
While you may not run into these types of questions frequently, it is important to familiarize yourself with them.
For more examples of strange interview questions, take a look at this infographic from Fundera.”
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