14 difficult questions companies like Google and SpaceX have asked job candidates during an interview

Have you ever thought to yourself, mid-question, “why are you asking me this?” I’m sure you probably have. Often you’ll question this at home, maybe at work, and probably from one of your friends. Not in a Job Interview scenario though. Business Insider report that these are genuine questions asked by some of the biggest corporations around the world. And yes, they’re weird!

‘When a hot dog expands, in which direction does it split and why?’ —SpaceX Propulsion Structural Analyst job candidate

'When a hot dog expands, in which direction does it split and why?' —SpaceX Propulsion Structural Analyst job candidate

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‘Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?’ —Whole Foods Market Meat Cutter job candidate

‘If you’re the CEO, what are the first three things you check about the business when you wake up?’ —Dropbox Rotation Program job candidate

‘What would the name of your debut album be?’ —Urban Outfitters Sales Associate job candidate

‘If you were a gerbil, which kind of gerbil would you be?’ —Airbnb Software Engineer job candidate

‘How would you sell hot cocoa in Florida?’ —J.W. Business Acquisitions Human Resources Recruiter job candidate

‘Google employment has doubled each year for the last x years. Given the current employment, how many years before Google employs the entire world population of y?’ —Google Software Engineer job candidate

'Google employment has doubled each year for the last x years. Given the current employment, how many years before Google employs the entire world population of y?' —Google Software Engineer job candidate

‘If I gave you $40,000 to start a business, what would you start?’ —Hubspot Account Manager job candidate

'If I gave you $40,000 to start a business, what would you start?' —Hubspot Account Manager job candidate

How many basketballs would fit in this room?’ —Delta Airlines Revenue Management Co-op job candidate

'How many basketballs would fit in this room?' —Delta Airlines Revenue Management Co-op job candidate

‘What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?’ —Trader Joe’s job candidate

'What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?' —Trader Joe's job candidate

‘If you were a brand, what would be your motto?’ —Boston Consulting Group Consultant job candidate

‘If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?’ —SkyWest Airlines Customer Service Agent job candidate

‘If you had $2,000, how would you double it in 24 hours?’ —Uniqlo Management Trainee job candidate

‘If you won the lottery and received $50 million, what would you do?’ —Deloitte Business Analyst job candidate

'If you won the lottery and received $50 million, what would you do?' —Deloitte Business Analyst job candidate

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Fear not though, the majority of questions you’ll get asked in interviews will be fairly standard, work-related ones. Although, employers do love the “how would you describe yourself in 3 words…” monstrosity of a question. Hardworking, determined, err…anyway, check out the courses we have on offer here at The Sheffield College to get you that all important job interview!

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