16 Stupid Tech Job Interview Questions: Show Your Snark
Glassdoor characterizes these actual job interview questions as "oddball." We give these questions the answers they deserve.
Employment site Glassdoor on Friday plans to publish a list of the Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2014, compiled from tens of thousands of interview questions shared by job seekers last year. Of these, 16 come from tech companies.
Job interviews are nerve-wracking enough, but when combined with ill-conceived questions, they can be downright harrowing.
It doesn't have to be that way. Job interviews can be conducted diligently and respectfully. But both parties have to do their homework. Sadly, that isn't always the case and job interviews, at least during the first round, often include one-size-fits-all questions that amount to being poked with a pole, so a reaction can be recorded and some poorly reasoned conclusion can be drawn.
Now it's probably never advisable to be a snarky job seeker. But if you find yourself confronted by such eye-rolling questions as these and you abandon, then and there, any continued desire to work with a company that doesn't take hiring seriously, here's some fuel to burn bridges.
1) "If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office, what type of parade would it be?" -- The Zappos Family, Customer Loyalty Team Member interview.
Since Parade is the most widely read magazine in America, I feel that any issue would be of suitable quality to throw through the office. But I would be reluctant to do so for fear of injuring a coworker. Paper cuts can be painful.
I would return the money for the parade to shareholders.
2) "How lucky are you and why?" -- Airbnb, Content Manager interview.
Luckier than EJ, that woman in San Francisco who rented her apartment out through Airbnb and was subsequently robbed.
Luck can't accurately be measured.
3) "If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?" -- Apple, Specialist interview.
I would be equipped to become a pizza delivery woman.
I would also be able to deliver cold cuts.
I'm sorry. I didn't realize auditions for MacGyver were ongoing.
4) "Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?" -- Dell, Account Manager interview.
They're the same thing once the prey stops moving.
At times like this, I'm convinced I'm a martyr.
5) "If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?" -- Yahoo, Search Quality Analyst interview.
Larry Page's yacht, fueled and provisioned, a qualified crew, and a copy of Yahoo For Dummies, to read on the journey home.
Really, such questions only reveal the questioner's laziness. Not enough information is provided to make an informed answer. Maui qualifies as an island. In such a case, a credit card and driver's license would suffice. Were this hypothetical island near the North or South Pole, I might opt for warm clothing to accompany the satellite phone topping my list.
6) "Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?" -- Xerox, Client Manager interview.
Because they're too ornery to shear.
Because you're relying on a cue ball for the relative definition of "fuzzy" rather than a hairball.