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27 Unbelievably Tough Interview Questions

Business News – It’s almost time. You have just days until your dream job interview, and you are doing everything possible to get this right. You’ve read interview reviews and questions shared by other job candidates on Glassdoor and spoken to everyone under the sun, from your second cousin once removed to your old high school classmate who now works at the company. But even with all this research ahead of the big interview, there are some interview questions that could catch you by surprise. During today’s tough interview process, almost any can be thrown your way, so you need to be prepared for anything.

To help, we’ve identified 27 jobs with tough interview questions to give you a better sense of the tough, strange and unexpected questions that can be asked in any job interview in any industry. How would you answer these?

1. “How do you explain a vending machine to someone who hasn’t seen or used one before?”—Global Data Analyst, Bloomberg L.P.

2. “How many fire hydrants are there in Los Angeles County?”—Software Engineer, Disney Interactive Studios

3. “If your current employer had an anniversary party for you, what five words would be written on the cake to describe you?”—District Manager, Express

4. “Who in history would you want to go to dinner with and why?”—Flight Attendant, PSA Airlines

5. “Prove that hoop stress is twice the longitudinal stress in a cylindrical pressure vessel.”—Test Operations Engineer, SpaceX

6. “What’s the capital of Canada?”—Team Leader, OpticsPlanet

7. “Name a brand that represents you as a person.”—Brand Strategist, Twitter

8. “Estimate how many employees in the next building”—Data Scientist, Risk Management Solutions

9. “How many happy birthday posts do you think Facebook gets in one day?”—Sales Operations, Facebook

10. “If you could take anyone on a road trip with you, who would you take and why?”—Educator, lululemon

11. “What is the first thing you’d print with a 3D printer if you had one?”—Linux Systems Administrator I, Rackspace

12. “If you had to take only one item to a deserted island, what would that be?”—Customer Service Specialist, Squarespace

13. “Please describe an instance where you had to make a decision without all of the necessary information.”—Analytics, athenahealth

14. “How do you reverse a text string on the Unix command line?”—Developer, Capital One

15. “If you are in a boat with a boulder and you drop that boulder into the lake, how does the water level before and after you drop the boulder in the lake compare?”—Mechanical Design Engineer, Apple

16. “You have been asked to lead a multi-million dollar, multi-year grant that will be supported across several companies and universities. How do you start?”—Research Scientist, Ford Motor Company

17. “Sell me on one idea, and then sell me on the opposite of that idea.”—Solarwinds Administrator, Blizzard Entertainment

18. “How would you go about to find the top five Java Developers in a certain area.”—Technical Recruiter, Google

19. “What is the probability of an integer from 1 to 60,000 not having the digit 6?”—Quantitative Developer, AKUNA CAPITAL

20. “If you were a Muppet, which character would you be?”—Donor Family Advocate, LifeNet Health

21. “Give me 48 cents using six coins. Tell me quantity and value of the six coins.”—Human Resource Manager, Wintec

22. “Write an equation to optimize the marketing spend between Facebook and Twitter campaigns.”—Analyst (Data Science), Uber

23. “What is the angle at 3:15?”—Implementation Consultant, Fast Enterprises

24. “What part of the newspaper do you read first? What does this say about you?”—Audit, BDO USA

25. “If a coworker had an annoying habit, and it hindered your quality of work, how would you resolve it?”—Production Technician, Procter & Gamble

26. “Throw your resume aside and tell me what makes you you.” —Sales Executive, Zillow

27. “How would you find the square root of 1.2?” —Hardware Engineer, Jump Trading

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