20 jobs with tough interview questions




Glassdoor has researched the 20 jobs with the toughest interview questions, scouring thousands of job interview questions shared by candidates.



Top 20 list:



  1. “What on your CV is the closest thing to a lie?” – Marketing and Communications employee, The Phoenix Partnership
  2. “What am I thinking right now?” – Regional Director, TES Global
  3. “How would your enemy describe you?” – Advertising Sales Grad Scheme, Condé Nast
  4. “If you had a friend who was great for a job and an identical person who was just as good, but your friend earned you £2,000 less, who would you give the job to?” – Associate Recruitment Consultant, Hays plc
  5. “What’s the most selfish thing you’ve ever done?” – Graduate Consultant, PageGroup
  6. “You are stranded on the moon with a group of other astronauts and you need to travel 200 miles back to base, here is a list of 15 items salvaged from the wreckage of the spacecraft you were travelling in. List them in order of importance.” – Sales Employee, Turnstone Sales
  7. “If your best friend was here what advice would he give you?” – CCP, American Express
  8. “Describe your biggest weakness. Then describe another.” – Forward Deployed Software Engineer, Palantir Technologies
  9. “How do you cope with repetition?” – Product Specialist, Tesla Motors
  10. “How would you describe cloud computing to a 7 year old?” – Graduate Scheme, Microsoft
  11. “There are three people, each with different salaries, and they want to find the average of them without telling any of the other two their salary. How do they do it?” – Technical Delivery Graduate, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
  12. “Who is your hero, and why?” – Product Quality Employee, GE
  13. “What’s your the biggest regret managing people so far?” – Area Director, Regus
  14. “What would you ask the CEO if you met him one day?” – Performance Analyst, British Airways
  15. “You have 50 red and 50 blue objects.  Split these however you like between two containers to give the minimum/maximum probability of drawing one of the colours” – Operations Analyst, Clearwater Analytics
  16. “What does social justice mean to you?” – Content Marketing Manager, ThoughtWorks
  17. “What is your coping mechanism when you have a bad day?” – Consultant, Switch Consulting
  18. “Are you a nice guy?” – Product Manager, Badoo
  19. “Provide an estimate for the number of goals in the premier league.” – Management Accountant, VAX
  20. “Tell me about your childhood.” – Learning and Development Employee, Next



Interview curveballs are common and although you can’t prepare for them directly make sure you practice at thinking on your feet for good answers to these types of questions. They are to help identify who can work well under pressure and meet challenges head on. If you come out of an interview, phased by a curveball, try to learn from the experience as jobs that are hard to get will be better for you in the long run.




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Link to article on the top 20 on HR news: http://hrnews.co.uk/20-jobs-tough-interview-questions/



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