Oddball interview questions from tech companies

Glassdoor has provided a list of the strangest interview questions from tech companies.

By - February 26, 2016 Share on LinkedIn

Glassdoor has released its list of Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions for 2015, which is based on interview questions shared by job candidates who use the platform.

Many of these questions come from technology companies, which are renowned for asking challenging and strange interview questions.

Google, for example, challenges candidates with questions like “How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?” and “How many times a day do a clock’s hands overlap?”.

Facebook has also become known for tough interview questions, like “How many vacuums are there in the USA?” and “How would you design a simpler TV remote control?”.

Here are some of the strangest interview questions which tech companies asked applicants, based on Glassdoor’s information.

Airbnb: What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?

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Squarespace: What’s your favourite 90s jam?


Dropbox: If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?

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Stanford: Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman?


Bose: If you were asked to unload a 747 full of jelly beans, what would you do?


Google: How many basketballs can you fit in this room?

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AT&T: If you could be any superhero, who would it be?


Facebook: 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.

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Amazon: If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner?

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IBM: How do you weigh an elephant without using a weighing machine?

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Intel: You have 8 pennies, 7 weigh the same, one weighs less. You also have a judge’s scale. Find the one that weighs less in less than 3 steps.

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