Monday, May 7, 2012

Ping-pong balls? School bus?

What is the weirdest question you were ever asked in a job interview?

AOL Jobs had a story up on various wacky questions the big boys ask. Microsoft, for instance, asked someone what a college dorm room would be like in 10 years? (There won’t be dorms—all online? Or treehouse?)

“So why do you think you are a genius?” was asked by Procter & Gamble. (Hmmm… Because I know Procter is spelled with an “e”?)

“What do you think of this Pepsi can?” asked Ernst & Young. (That it’s empty and I could use another.”)

At JP Morgan Chase, some poor sap got hit with: “If you have two sand-glass timers, one with seven minutes worth of sand and one with four—how do you use both to time 12 minutes?” (Word problems—are they serious? Anyhow, those are called hour glasses.)

And last but not least (never least), Google asked an applicant how many ping-pong balls would fit in a school bus. (I would say—two per seat unless they wanted to be paddled.)

And now you see why I am self-employed.

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