With about five candidates for every job opening these days, some responsible for hiring decisions have resorted to desperate measures in their efforts to narrow the field. Researchers at career site Glassdoor.com culled through tens of thousands of queries reported by job seekers who had done their best to come up with answers on the spot, and selected the oddest interview questions of the past 15 months.


Luckily for beleaguered candidates, the interviewers seemed in most cases to be more interested in how people responded -- that is, in hearing their thought process, and seeing how well they kept their cool -- than in receiving a "correct" response. A sampling of Glassdoor's list, and where the question was asked:
新2代理网站 對于倍感困擾的求職者,幸運的一點是多數情況下面試官更感興趣的是求職者如何應對——即聽到他們的思考過程,以及他們是否能保持冷靜——而不是求職者能否給出“正確的”答案。下面是Glassdoor整理的一些古怪的面試問題以及提問的公司:

"Given the numbers 1 to 1, 000, what is the minimum number of guesses needed to find a specific number, if you are given the hint 'higher' or 'lower' for each guess you make?" -- Facebook

"Using a scale of 1 to 10, rate yourself on how weird you are." -- Capital One (COF)
新2代理网站 “用1-10分制來打分,你認為你的古怪程度是幾分?”——Capital One

"Explain quantum electrodynamics in two minutes, starting now." -- Intel (INTC)
新2代理网站 “用兩分鐘時間解釋一下量子電動力學,現在開始。”——英特爾公司(Intel)

"How many balloons would fit in this room?" -- PricewaterhouseCoopers
新2代理网站 “這個房間能裝下幾個氣球?”——普華永道(PricewaterhouseCoopers)

"If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?" -- Goldman Sachs (GS)
“假如你被縮小到一支鉛筆大小,并被放入一個攪拌機里,你怎么跑出來?”—— 高盛公司(Goldman Sachs)

"You have a bouquet of flowers. All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips. How many flowers do you have?" -- Epic Systems
“有一束花。除兩朵外都是玫瑰,除兩朵外都是菊花,除兩朵外都是郁金香。一共有幾朵花?”——Epic Systems

"What is the philosophy of martial arts?" -- Aflac (AFL)

"Explain to me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years." -- Boston Consulting
新2代理网站 “給我講講,過去十年美國都發生了些什么?” ——波士頓咨詢公司(Boston Consulting)

"If you could be any superhero, which one would you be?" -- AT&T (T)

"How do you weigh an elephant without using a scale?" -- IBM (IBM)
新2代理网站 “不用秤,怎么為一頭大象稱重?”——IBM

"If you had 5, 623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner?" -- Amazon (AMZN)

"How many bricks are there in Shanghai? Consider only residential buildings." --Deloitte Consulting
“上海有多少塊磚?只考慮住宅。”——德勤咨詢(Deloitte Consulting)

"You have five bottles of pills. One bottle has 9 gram pills, the others have 10 gram pills. You have a scale that can be used only once. How can you find out which bottle contains the 9 gram pills?" --eBay (EBAY)

"What is your fastball?" -- Ernst &Young
新2代理网站 “說說你的快球?” ——安永(Ernst &Young)

"How would you market ping pong balls if ping pong itself became obsolete? List many ways, then pick one and go into detail." -- Microsoft (MSFT)

"How many smartphones are there in New York City?" -- Google (GOOG)

"You are in charge of 20 people. Organize them to figure out how many bicycles were sold in your area last year." -- Schlumberger (SLB)

"Why do you think only a small percentage of the population makes over $125, 000 a year?" -- New York Life
“你說為什么年收入超過12.5萬美元的人只占人口很低比例?——紐約人壽(New York Life)

"You have three boxes. One contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled so that no label accurately identifies the contents of any of the boxes. Opening just one box, and without looking inside, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?" -- Apple (AAPL)

"How many ball bearings, each one inch in diameter, can fit inside a 747 aircraft?" -- SAIC (SAI)
新2代理网站 “一架747飛機內可以裝多少個直徑一英寸的滾珠軸承?”——SAIC