Oxford University has released some sample questions, to debunk the myth that they’re “unanswerable”. You be the judge. BY HRM 17 Oct 2014 Share &ld quo;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? You've reached your limit - Register for free now for unlimited access To read the full story, just register for free now - GET STARTED HERE Already subscribed? Log in below LOGIN Remember me Forgot password?