Weird interview questions

My most successful post ever was 40 Oxbridge Interview questions, which included the following gems:

Can a thermostat think?

Do you think the Bavarian peasants of 1848 had an ideology?

If there was an omnipotent god would he be able to create a stone that he couldn’t lift?

Now I’m back with another selection of wacky questions. This time they come from job interviews.

  1. How many piano tuners are there in the world?
  2. Design a spice rack for a blind person.
  3. How would you weigh a jet plane without using scales?
  4. Why are manhole covers round rather than square?
  5. Please spell diverticulitis.
  6. How would you move MountFiji?
  7. Why do mirrors reverse right and left instead of up and down?
  8. Which way should the key turn in a car door to unlock it?
  9. If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?
  10. How many traffic lights are in Manhattan?
  11. If you are on a boat and toss a suitcase overboard, will the water level rise or fall?
  12. How much Mississippi River water flows past New Orleans each hour?
  13. What does all the ice in a hockey rink weigh?
  14. If I put you in a sealed room with a phone that had no dial tone, how would you fix it?
  15. If you could remove any of the fifty U.S. states, which would it be?
  16. How many points are there on the globe where, by walking one mile south, one mile east, and one mile north, you reach the place where you started?
  17. How many times a day do a clock’s hands overlap?
  18. There are three ants at the three corners of a regular triangle. Each ant starts moving on a straight line toward another, randomly chosen corner. What is the probability that none of the ants collide?
  19. How do they make M&Ms?
  20. Name five uses of a stapler without staples.
  21. If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?
  22. Would Mahatma Gandhi have made a good software engineer?
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