Glassdoor, a global recruitment company, has published a list of the toughest job interview questions, asked by some of the biggest companies in the world.
The questions are based on interviews submitted by users between the January 2016 and January 2017. The company then ranked them based on community feedback and offered up a list of the 20 questions that they thought were the toughest.
“What on your CV is the closest thing to a lie?” asked by software company The Phoenix Partnership for a marketing communication role was crowned the toughest interview question of the year, according to the survey.
It was followed by “What I am thinking right now?” asked for a regional director role at digital education company TES Global and “How would your enemy describe you?” for a position on the advertising sales graduate scheme at publishing group Condé Nast.
Here is the full list of the top 20 toughest questions:
- “What on your CV is the closest thing to a lie?” – Marketing and Communications Employee, The Phoenix Partnership
- “What am I thinking right now?” – Regional Director, TES Global
- “How would your enemy describe you?” – Advertising Sales Grad Scheme, Condé Nast
- “If you had a friend who was great for a job and an identical person who was just as good, but your friend earned you £2,000 less, who would you give the job to?” – Associate Recruitment Consultant, Hays
- “What’s the most selfish thing you’ve ever done?” – Graduate Consultant, PageGroup
- “You are stranded on the moon with a group of other astronauts and you need to travel 200 miles back to base, here is a list of 15 items salvaged from the wreckage of the spacecraft you were travelling in. List them in order of importance.” – Sales Employee, Turnstone Sales
- “If your best friend was here what advice would he give you?” – Central Clearing Counterparty, American Express
- “Describe your biggest weakness. Then describe another.” – Forward Deployed Software Engineer, Palantir Technologies
- “How do you cope with repetition?” – Product Specialist, Tesla Motors
- “How would you describe cloud computing to a seven-year old?” – Graduate Scheme, Microsoft
- “There are three people, each with different salaries, and they want to find the average of them without telling any of the other two their salary. How do they do it?” – Technical Delivery Graduate, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
- “Who is your hero, and why?” – Product Quality Employee, GE
- “What’s your the biggest regret managing people so far?” – Area Director, Regus
- “What would you ask the CEO if you met him one day?” – Performance Analyst, British Airways
- “You have 50 red and 50 blue objects. Split these however you like between two containers to give the minimum/maximum probability of drawing one of the colours.” – Operations Analyst, Clearwater Analytics
- “What does social justice mean to you?” – Content Marketing Manager, ThoughtWorks
- “What is your coping mechanism when you have a bad day?” – Consultant, Switch Consulting
- “Are you a nice guy?” – Product Manager, Badoo
- “Provide an estimate for the number of goals in the premier league.” – Management Accountant, VAX
- “Tell me about your childhood.” – Learning and Development Employee, Next