Interview curveballs

14 07 2008

Interviewing is an art – whether on the interviewing or the being interviewed side, and preparation can make the difference between ho-hum and outstanding.

But sometimes there are questions for which it is nearly impossible to be prepared. I’m not talking about the types of questions Microsoft and Google are known for asking (see below), but really whacky questions.

  • What kind of a tree (or animal) would you be if you were a tree (or an animal)? Why?
  • If your life was a newspaper article, what would be the headline?
  • What would your friends and family be surprised to find out about you?

Hmmm. Tough. This article from the Washington Post talks about these types of interview question, and how to be prepared.


So what kinds of questions are Microsoft and Google know for asking? (And you don’t necessarily want to take the time to Google it?) Here are a few:

  • Why are manhole covers round?
  • How do they get the “m” on M&M candies?
  • How many cars are there in the US?
  • How many gas stations are there in the US?
  • If you had to learn a new computer language, how would you go about doing it?

Like those? Here are a couple sites for followup:

And just a curiosity, would Google index pages/sites that give away Google interview questions? Gotta make you go “Hmmmmm.”




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