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Glassdoor Releases Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions for 2016

MILL VALLEY, CA — (Marketwired) — 03/29/16 — With 45 percent of people reporting they plan to search for a new job this year, according to a recent , job candidates should be ready for any question that could be asked during today–s competitive recruiting process. To help, ®, the world–s most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace, has announced its annual report revealing the , featuring six lists of challenging interview questions across North America and parts of Europe Based on hundreds of thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates over the past year(1), these lists identify some of the most difficult and bizarre questions job seekers could face when interviewing for any position.


1. “When a hot dog expands, in which direction does it split and why?” – (New York, NY).

2. “Would you rather fight 1 horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?” – (Lexington-Fayette, KY).

3. “If you–re the CEO, what are the first three things you check about the business when you wake up?” – (San Francisco, CA).

4. “What would the name of your debut album be?” – (New York, NY).

5. “How would you sell hot coco in Florida?” – (Atlanta, GA). .

6. “If I gave you $40,000 to start a business, what would you start?” – (San Francisco, CA).

7. “What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?” – (Orange, CA).

8. “If you were a brand, what would be your motto?” – (Washington, D.C.).

9. “How many basketballs would fit in this room?” – (Cincinnati, OH).

10. “If you had $2,000, how would you double it in 24 hours?” – (Los Angeles, CA).

“Job candidates at employers across all industries should be ready to answer any question, from the most basic to the most challenging,” said Susan Underwood, Glassdoor Head of Global Recruiting and Talent Acquisition. “Employers are asking tough interview questions to test a job candidate–s critical thinking skills, see how they problem solve on the spot, and gauge how they approach difficult situations. Employers want to determine how different candidates respond to challenges, and those who respond well may have the edge when it comes to receiving a job offer.”

In addition, it turns out that there is a statistical link between a tough interview process and greater employee satisfaction. According to across six countries, more challenging interviews upfront are associated with higher employee satisfaction later on.

Glassdoor has expanded this report to feature six lists across North America and parts of Europe for 2016, including:

To help job candidates prepare for anything, Glassdoor has also compiled a list of some of the .

Glassdoor is now one of the largest aggregators of job listings in the world, and also the fastest-growing job site in the U.S.(2), attracting approximately 30 million monthly unique users. No other job site offers job seekers as many combined with such a vast array of user-generated content as Glassdoor, including millions of salary reports, company ratings and reviews, CEO approval ratings, interview reviews and questions, benefit reviews, office photos and more.

(1) Methodology: Glassdoor evaluates all approved interview questions shared during the past 12 months (3/18/15-3/17/16) by job candidates on Glassdoor in each respective country. To develop the list, we take into account community feedback (e.g., question tagging like –brainteaser–) and compile a range of questions that give job seekers a better idea as to what may come up in an interview. This is a sample list of questions.

(2) Compared to LinkedIn.com, Indeed.com, CareerBuilder.com, and Monster.com. Based on unique users, Custom Job List Sites % Change Media Trend Report, comScore January 2016 Media Metrix®

is the most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace that is changing how people search for jobs and how companies recruit top talent. Glassdoor combines free and anonymous reviews, ratings and salary content with job listings to help job seekers find the best jobs and address critical questions that come up during the job search, application, interview and negotiation phases of employment. For employers, Glassdoor offers and employer branding solutions to help attract high-quality candidates at a fraction of the cost of other channels. In addition, Glassdoor operates one of the most popular job apps on and . The company launched in 2008 and has raised approximately $160 million from Google Capital, Tiger Global, Benchmark, Battery Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, DAG Ventures, Dragoneer Investment Group, and others.

(c) 2016 Glassdoor, Inc. Glassdoor is a registered trademark of Glassdoor, Inc.

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