IT Management: Google, Facebook, IBM and Others' Weird Job Interview Questions in 2010

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-01-03 Print this article Print
Google, Facebook, IBM and Others Weird Job Interview Questions in 2010

Google, Facebook, IBM and Others Weird Job Interview Questions in 2010

by Nicholas Kolakowski recently offered a list of "Top 25 oddball interview questions from 2010," culled from a variety of companies and analyst firms such as Facebook, Apple, Goldman Sachs, Google and IBM. Particularly in the case of tech companies, these unconventional queries seem designed to not only force job applicants to think outside the box, but also give potential employers a sense of their logic and mathematics skills. In addition, many of the "oddball questions" seem specifically tailored to certain companies' needs; for example, when asks a potential applicant, "If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner?" it reflects the online retailer's need for people who can intuit ranking and ordering systems. Of course, tech companies are known for their sometimes-unconventional job-interview questions. Microsoft interviewers have supposedly asked applicants, "Why is a manhole cover round?" That's a famous one; take a look at the following list and guess how some of the other questions from's list help companies determine the most powerful and elastic minds to hire.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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