HR & Recruiting

15 incredible interview questions asked by real companies

We’ve all had a tough interview, one where we’ve walked out thinking “I’ve really messed that up!”.  In reality most interviews are fairly similar and vary from the more conversational, laid-back approach to the super organised and corporate style.  But here are some incredible and brain melting questions asked in interviews by real companies that might help put that interview you messed up back into perspective.


How would you test a calculator – IBM


If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors? – Apple


How lucky are you and why? – Airbnb


What’s your favourite song? Perform it for us now – LivingSocial


Pick two celebrities to be your parents – Urban Outfitters 


If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children? McKinsey


Room, desk and car – which do you clean first? – Pinkberry


Name 5 uses of a stapler without staple pins – Evaluserve


Describe the internet to someone who just woke up from a 30 year coma – Digitas


How many potatoes in kg does McDonalds sell in the UK per year? – Oliver Wyman


How many cows are in Canada? – Google


A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here? – Clark Construction Group


What do you think about when you’re alone in your car – Gallup


On a scale from one to ten, rate me as an interviewer – Kraft Foods


How honest are you? – Allied Telesis


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