Lighter side: Impossible interview questions

by HCA17 Oct 2014
“Why do you think manhole covers are round?”
This, an actual interview question posed to a would-be Microsoft employee, is just one of myriad impossible job interview questions that are designed to inspire creative thinking – but which are generally more successful at inspiring fear in the hearts of job-seekers.
The only questions more perplexing, it seems, are the problems posed to prospective students at Oxford University.
The prestigious 928-year-old college has released a list of sample questions in an effort to debunk the myth that their questions are “unanswerable”.
After you’ve read some of the questions, you be the judge…
  • Why do many animals have stripes?
  • How do pirates divide their treasure?
  • Why might it be useful for an English student to read the Twilight series?
  • Imagine we had no records about the past at all, except everything to do with sport – how much of the past could we find out about?
  • What does it mean for someone to ‘take' another's car?
  • Should poetry be difficult to understand?
  • If you could invent a new musical instrument, what kind of sound would it make?
  • Would it matter if tigers became extinct?
  • Should interviews be used for selection?
What’s the most unusual or perplexing interview question you’ve ever asked, or been asked?


  • by Robert 17/10/2014 12:27:53 PM

    They are hardly perpelexing; they are designed to make people think and react differently. If people think that these are hard and challenging questions then there is a lot wrong with society and it's general intelligence levels.

    ...or perhaps I'm wrong and all the questions should be aboutthe Kardashians or One Direction?

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