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The Toughest Interview Questions Asked in 2016


2016 has been a tumultuous year! Most people would single out a certain referendum or presidential campaign as their high (or low) light.

At TalentLens, we do not have the expertise to offer an authoritative opinion on either. Via our psychometric assessments, we do however get involved in thousands of recruitment campaigns each year.

This week, we share some of the toughest interview questions asked over the last 12 months.

Interview questions range from the expected (What is your weakness? What is your greatest achievement? etc) to the seemingly absurd (see below).


Just a bit of fun?

Behind the playful nature of these types of questions is a serious motivation. With 70% of Graduates now regularly achieving a minimum 2:1 degree, employers need to find other ways to determine if their well qualified candidates are able to think outside the box and thus, be more likely to solve any tricky problems they might face in the workplace.

Being able to look at a situation from multiple perspectives in a calm, reasoned but decisive manner is an extremely desirable trait of any potential new hire.

Conversely, if a candidate possesses great qualifications but is not able to apply their learning to new and complex tasks, then they are more likely to not be as useful as their grades might suggest.

Aside from all that, have a look at the below list as initially compiled by Glassdoor and see what you make of them. Number 10 is a personal favourite.


The strangest interview questions asked in 2016

1. Which magic power would you like to have?

2. If you can have dinner with three actors who are no longer alive, who would you choose?

3. How do you get an elephant in a fridge?

4. How many hours would it take to clean every single window in London?

5. How many nappies are purchased in the UK every year?

6. What will you be famous for?

7. How many people born in 2013 were called Gary?

8. If you had three minutes alone in a lift with the CEO, what would you say?

9. If the time is quarter past 3, what is the angle measurement on the clock?

10. If you were a fruit, what would you be and why?


Head pickled? Visit the Glassdoor page to see some of the popular answers to these questions and to see other examples.


Happy problem solving!


Credits: Top Image by Angela Ithyle, USA








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