I met Emily Reese when we worked together at Kickstarter. At the time, Emily, 24 and newly out of grad school, was working on the support team and struggling to find what she was great at and excited about doing. Then a few months I heard that Emily moved to the product team and was hired as a full-time engineer. WHAT. Luckily, Emily agreed to talk to me about she managed to teach herself programming on nights and weekends and then change her career without leaving the company.
I think we can all agree that job interviews are inherently awkward human interactions that most of us nevertheless have to endure a few times in our lives. And even if you are great at interviewing people and being interviewed, you have to concede that the quirky, off-topic hypothetical interview question that is supposed to reveal something about your character or your problem-solving skills are THE ENEMY.
Either way, please enjoy some of the gems on Glassdoor’s list of “Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions” for 2013, and imagine sitting across from someone leaning back in their Aeron chairs, pushing their glasses up their nose and making intense eye contact as they pretend to make up these ridiculous questions on the spot. Okay, or here are some of my favorites, and what I imagine I would come up with in the heat of the moment:
Zappos: “If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office what type of parade would it be?”