This is Why They Asked You That Weird Interview Question

There are no stupid questions…but do you have a smart answer? During its research, SuperScholar found that employers at major companies ask some of the hardest and weirdest questions to test the intelligence of prospective employees. 76% of the productivity and contribution of an employee is attributable to his or her level of intelligence, making it the most important thing these employers look for.

For example:

Amazon asks: “Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?”

The real question: How strong is your ability to plan?

Forrester asks: “If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?”

The real question: Can you set priorities?

Check out the infographic below for more more weird interview questions and the reasons behind them.

Intelligence: The First Quality Employers Look For

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.

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  1. AvatarEric says

    I understand how questions such as this would come up. Many of these questions were given out in logic or philosophy courses in high school and college. Sadly, some of these questions are out dated. For example, if the Facebook CEO asked- it’s 6 pm, what did you do that made this day awesome . Answer- spent time updating facebook. If amazon CEO asked if I have been given a million dollars to launch a product, what would it be…answer I would need a little bit more to become your direct night mare. So save your money and hire me now.

    Make life less complicated. Just give people that don’t have jobs, jobs. Than train them.

    • AvatarKelly says

      Hi Eric,
      I agree with you about training people. Employers need people to run their businesses so why not set them up for success. As a recruiter, I’ve gone out and trained high school/college/tech school students as well as community groups on how to better prepare themselves for the entire interview process. There are people out there with great skills and experience that can add value to an organization. Some of them just need help with properly communicating those qualities to HR and hiring managers.

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