The 20 Toughest Job Interview Questions Heard At Apple, Google, Amazon And Others

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There’s nothing worse than being caught off guard during a job interview.


Luckily, with the help of Glassdoor’s Interview Questions & Reviews section, you can experience the strangest possible interview questions of the last year — all from the safety of your chair.

This year’s weirdest questions come courtesy of Apple, Goldman Sachs, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and a few others.

So why do tech companies ask these questions? The folks at BitTorrent said it wants to make sure its engineers fit into the “fun nature of the company and problem solving culture.”

Trust us, none of these questions would be a breeze to answer.

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If you were given a box of pencils, list 10 things you could do with them that are not their traditional use.

Job: Google Administrative Assistant



How would you test an elevator?

Job: Software Development Engineer at Microsoft



How would you solve problems if you were from Mars?

Job: Senior Recruiting Manager at Amazon



Tell me something that you have done in your life which you are particularly proud of.

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Job: Apple Software Engineering Manager


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Tell me something that you have done in your life which you are particularly proud of.

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Job: Apple Software Engineering Manager



There are infinite black and white dots on a plane. Prove that the distance between one black dot and one white dot is one unit.

Job: Technology Analyst at Goldman Sachs


A Russian gangster kidnaps you. He puts two bullets in consecutive order in an empty six-round revolver, spins it, points it at your head and shoots. Click. You’re still alive. He then asks you, do you want me to spin it again and fire or pull the trigger again. For each option, what is the probability that you’ll be shot?

Job: Internet Marketing Analyst at Facebook



Tell me a joke.

Job: Financial Analyst at JP Morgan Chase



How much would it cost to implement a product improvement for the entire US?

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Job: Product Manager at Google


Why wouldn’t I hire you?

Job: Recruiter at Twitter


A dwarf-killing giant lines up 10 dwarfs from shortest to tallest. Each dwarf can see all the shortest dwarfs in front of him, but cannot see the dwarfs behind himself. The giant randomly puts a white or black hat on each dwarf. No dwarf can see their own hat. The giant tells all the dwarfs that he will ask each dwarf, starting with the tallest, for the color of his hat. If the dwarf answers incorrectly, the giant will kill the dwarf. Each dwarf can hear the previous answers, but cannot hear when a dwarf is killed. The dwarves are given an opportunity to collude before the hats are distributed. What strategy should be used to kill the fewest dwarfs, and what is the minimum number of dwarfs that can be saved with this strategy?

Job: QA Automation Engineer at BitTorrent


What are the best dates to run marketing campaigns in your country?

Job: Technical Support at Valve Corporation



If you were to be a Sony product, what would you be?

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Job: Retail Sales Specialist at Sony


Describe a time when you encountered ambiguity and how you dealt with it.

Job: Summer Intern at AIG


Which three people that you don’t know do you admire the most and why?


Job: Manager at Deloitte


How would you describe a dynamometer to an 8-year-old child?

Job: Engineering Technician at Tesla Motors


How would you estimate how many radio stations are in the US?


Job: Product Manager at Google



Do you believe in a higher power?

Job: Merchandiser at PepsiCo



What was your biggest failing in your career?

Job: Software Engineer at Electronic Arts



How do you feel about working in extreme weather conditions all year round?

AP/John Minchillo