Tough questions for bright sparks

Here’s a light-hearted ‘Fun Friday’ blogpost to end the week with. Glassdoor looked at interview questions, these were shared by UK job candidates in the past year, how would you reply? Answers on postcards, please.


  1. “What on your CV is the closest thing to a lie?” – Marketing and Communications role
  2. “What am I thinking right now?” – Regional Director role
  3. “How would your enemy describe you?” – advertising sales graduate scheme interview
  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 £2,000 less, who would you give the job to?” – Associate Recruitment Consultant
  5. “What’s the most selfish thing you’ve ever done?” – Graduate Consultant
  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
  7. “If your best friend was here what advice would he give you?”
  8. “Describe your biggest weakness. Then describe another.” – software engineer
  9. “How do you cope with repetition?” – Product Specialist
  10. “How would you describe cloud computing to a 7-year-old?” – graduate scheme interview
  11. “There are three people, each with different salaries, and they want to find out their average salary without telling any of the other two their salary. How do they do it?” – Technical Delivery Graduate
  12. “Who is your hero, and why?” Product Quality Employee
  13. “What’s your the biggest regret managing people so far?” – Area Director
  14. “What would you ask the CEO if you met him one day?” – Performance Analyst
  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 role
  16. “What does social justice mean to you?” – Content Marketing Manager
  17. “What is your coping mechanism when you have a bad day?” – Consultant
  18. “Are you a nice guy?” – Product Manager role
  19. “Provide an estimate for the number of goals in the premier league.” – Management Accountant
  20. “Tell me about your childhood.” – Learning and Development Employee

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.

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