SOURCE: Glassdoor


March 29, 2016 00:00 ET

Glassdoor Reveals Top 10 Toughest Interview Questions for 2016

'How Many People Born in 2013 Were Named Gary?', 'What Will You Be Famous For?', 'If You Were a Fruit, What Would You Be?'; These Are Just a Few of the Toughest and Most Bizarre Questions Job Seekers Could Face When Interviewing This Year

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Mar 29, 2016) - Glassdoor, the jobs and careers marketplace, has announced its annual report of the Top 10 Toughest Interview Questions for 2016. We've scoured tens of thousands of Glassdoor interview questions shared by UK job candidates over the past year1 to make sure millions of potential employees across the UK are prepared to tackle any interview process scenario.

The aim -- be ready for any question during today's challenging interview process, for any job.

Complete Results - Top 10 Toughest Interview Questions UK 2016:

1. "Which magic power would you like to have?" - Topshop Sales Assistant job candidate (Portsmouth, England). See more Topshop interview questions.

2. "If you were a fruit, what kind would you be and why?" - Topdeck Travel Trip Leader job candidate (London, England). See more Topdeck Travel questions.

3. "If you could have dinner with three actors that are no longer living, who would you pick?" -Blackberry Commercial Director job candidate (Berkshire, England). See more Blackberry interview questions.

4."How many hours would it take to clean every single window in London?" - IBM IT Role job candidate (Portsmouth, England). See more IBM interview questions.

5."How do you get an elephant in a fridge?" - Gemalto Software Engineer job candidate. (London, England). See more Gemalto interview questions.

6. "If the time is quarter past 3, what is the angle measurement on the clock?" - Standard Bank Group Product Control Lead job candidate. (London, England). See more Standard Bank Group interview questions.

7. "If you had three minutes alone in a lift with the CEO, what would you say?" - Network Rail Management Accountant job candidate (London, England). See more Network Rail questions.

8. "How many people born in 2013 were named Gary?" - BT Senior Proposition Manager job candidate (London, England). See more BT interview questions.

9. "What will you be famous for?" - EY Director job candidate (London, England). See more EY interview questions.

10. "How many nappies are purchased per year in the UK?" - AVIVA Graduate Programme job candidate (London, England). See more AVIVA interview questions.

"Job candidates at employers across all industries should be ready to answer any question, from the most basic to the most challenging," said Susan Underwood, Glassdoor Head of Global Recruiting and Talent Acquisition. "Employers are asking tough interview questions to test a job candidate's critical thinking skills, see how they problem solve on the spot, and gauge how they approach difficult situations. Employers want to determine how different candidates respond to challenges, and those who respond well may have the edge when it comes to receiving a job offer."

In addition, it turns out that there is a statistical link between a tough interview process and greater employee satisfaction. According to recent Glassdoor Economic Research across six countries, more challenging interviews upfront are associated with higher employee satisfaction later on.

See all six Glassdoor lists of the Top 10 Toughest Interview Questions for 2016 by country:

Job candidates should be ready to tackle any question during an interview, so Glassdoor has also compiled a list of the Most Common Interview Questions.

1 Methodology: Glassdoor evaluates all approved interview questions shared during the past 12 months by job candidates on Glassdoor. To develop the list, we take into account community feedback (e.g., question tagging like 'brainteaser') and compile a range of questions that give job seekers a better idea as to what may come up in an interview. This is a sample list of questions.

About Glassdoor
Glassdoor is the most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace that is changing how people search for jobs and how companies recruit top talent. Glassdoor combines free and anonymous reviews, ratings and salary content with job listings to help job seekers find the best jobs and address critical questions that come up during the job search, application, interview and negotiation phases of employment. For employers, Glassdoor offers recruiting and employer branding solutions to help attract high-quality candidates at a fraction of the cost of other channels. In addition, Glassdoor operates one of the most popular job apps on iOS and Android platforms. The company launched in 2008 and has raised approximately $160 million from Google Capital, Tiger Global, Benchmark, Battery Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, DAG Ventures, Dragoneer Investment Group, and others.

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