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10 Strange Job Interview Questions Big Tech Companies Ask

Tech companies are notorious for asking bizarre interview questions. Here are 10 such head-scratchers that candidates were asked during job interviews at Google, Apple, Microsoft, and other major tech firms.
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As you move forward in your IT career, you'll find yourself in a variety of different professional roles while you build the expertise needed to become a respected technology leader.

For some IT workers, the career path to success may require moving to different cities where the tech scene is booming. For others, it may require building expertise in their chosen field or developing new technical skills.

Regardless of location or job title, all IT professionals face a similar challenge in moving up the corporate ladder -- the job interview. While tech pros are in one of the best industries for landing top jobs, many are in competition with one another to snagging coveted roles at giants like Apple and Google.

[See 8 Free iOS, Android Apps for Job Hunters.]

Despite their skills, many talented IT pros don't receive an invitation to visit their desired tech campus for an in-person interview. But for those who do, it may be difficult to prepare. While some interviews are fairly straightforward, others include some bizarre questions.

Some candidates who have gone through the interview process at tech companies report about their experiences on career website Glassdoor. Their stories indicate many employers ask questions far stranger than the typical "Why do you want this job?"

Here, we share some unusual questions that tech companies such as Microsoft, Expedia, and Oracle have asked interviewees in the hot seat.

How would you answer these questions? What is the strangest question you have been asked in an interview? Feel free to share your thoughts and stories in the comments.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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7/31/2016 | 9:59:51 PM
Re: Questions not Strange at all to me
Shamika, 

Sure, a good attitude counts as well. It's a balanced combination of knowledge and personality, plus determination and the capacity to  able to be ready for learning new skills if necessary what makes the powerful mix. 

-Susan 
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7/24/2016 | 7:57:53 AM
Re: Questions not Strange at all to me
Gary,

Logic, communication skills, and personality are important for many jobs in technology, if not all. However, how accurate can the result be when your future depends on a few problem-solving questions under pressure? Unless the every day life of such job will be under pressure, I am not convinced this can be accurate, or fair. What you do think?

-Susan 
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7/21/2016 | 6:42:59 AM
Re: Microsoft question not bad
Ron, 

Yes, I like the Microsoft question, too. It can be difficult for some people to describe their personality, or talk about themselves. The tricky indirect questions or statements not always work well. With this question, you can see some presentation skills, imagination, creativity, and how you think of yourself, or how you see yourself. 

It's evident some are problem-solving questions. Some others, look into some other aspects of knowledge or rational/creative thinking.

In the Apple question, I choose to put the milk first. What's the right answer for Apple? 

-Susan

 
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