10 Weirdest Intern Interview Questions

weird odd intern interview questionsSummer interns may be packing their bags right now, but fall internship season is nigh. College students across the country will be competing in the next few weeks for the paid and unpaid experiences that might shape their careers. And how do companies pick from their growing pool of applicants? Often by throwing tricky, quirky and riddle-y queries at their interviewees, to see who can think fast, and think well.

The jobs and career community Glassdoor recently went through their database of tens of thousands of intern interview questions to compile the most offbeat ones. Here are the top 10:

1. "What was your first AOL screen name?" – Asked at Red Frog Events, the unconventional race organizer.

2. "How do you rob a bank?" – Asked by Oliver Wyman in an interview for a financial services position.

3. "How many ping pong balls fit into Gampel Pavilion?" – Asked at the health insurance company Aetna.

4. "How much do women in America spend on haircuts each year?" – Asked by FindTheBest.com in an interview for a statistics internship.

5. "If you could have lunch with anybody, living or deceased, who would it be?" – Asked by IMG in an interview for a marketing internship.

6. "How much would you bet for your answers to be correct?" – Asked at Jane Street Capital, a quantitative proprietary trading firm.

7. "Describe what happened to cause the financial crisis, in a couple of minutes, as if you were telling it to, say, your grandmother." – Asked by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in an interview for a derivatives trading and structuring internship.

8. "Given 999 distinct numbers between 1 and 1,000, find one/two that is/are missing." – Asked by Salesforce.com in an interview for a software development position.

9. "Would you say you learn a lot about a little, or a little about a lot?" – Asked by Stryker Communications in an interview for an electrical engineering internship.

10. "How many people in this city do you know? – Asked at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance.




You might feel stumped reading some of these now. But there aren't really any right answers, according to Scott Dobroski, a spokesman for Glassdoor.

"They don't necessarily know what they're testing," he explained, "except for your character, your work ethic and your thought process."

For question 4, for example, Dobroski walked AOL Jobs through a good answer: "My mother is an average American woman, and this is how much my mother spends on a haircut. Then think how many times a month she gets a haircut, and then you'd look up how many women there are in America."

When answering these kinds of questions, Dobroski thinks it's important to know what your "core message" is: who you are and what you have to offer.

For question 5, you might answer Lady Gaga if you're applying for an internship in the music industry. "She's hip, she's relevant, she writes her own stuff," Dobroski said. "You want to relate it back to the job you're applying for."

In an interview with a financial firm, however, saying Lady Gaga might be less impressive, unless you explain your admiration for her business prowess.

Applicants should try to spin these open-ended questions to showcase their critical thinking, leadership and communication skills, Dobroski added, sprinkled with anecdotes when possible.

If you were asked question 10 in an interview for a communications position, you could tell your interviewer how many people you know in the city, as well as the number of contacts you have online, describing your fluency with various social networks.

You can also show your moral fiber.

Question 2 was asked by leading consulting firm, so in that case you want to give "a decent response about how someone could rob a bank, and acknowledge that everyone's thought about it," Dobroski explained. "But you could also give an answer about how you would prevent it. Because that [robbing a bank] would be really bad. You want to acknowledge that you don't want to promote that."

And while there may be no right answers, there are some wrong ones.

For the AOL screen name question, anything "rude, crude, or embarrassing," can be a deal-breaker. "Well, a little embarrassing is OK," Dobroski clarified. "It shows you have personality. It shows that you're human."

In general, applicants will be able to handle these questions if they're prepared for the interview. Dobroski advises applicants to research the company thoroughly beforehand, reading their press releases, Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, and news coverage of both that firm and its competitors.

And when you're sweating in the waiting room, just breathe deep, he says, and think to yourself: Who am I? And what do I have to offer them?



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Terror Alarm

YES , WE CAN..WE WILL WIN IN WAR ON TERROR (30 whities or what are terrorists will never come back alive from Afghanistan...thank you lord..aamen).

ARIZONA = UTOYA = GOVERNMENT‘S "AFTERLIFE" FLASH MOB !! 911(TWIN TOWERS) = NORWAY BOMBING OR  STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM !!

STOLTENBERG = BREIVIK !! MULTYCULTURALISM = TERRORISM !!

OBAMA = OSAMA !!

As far as shooting, there was none(neither in NORWAY or Arizona). Instead tear gas and theater were used on faces of multiculturalism maniacs while calling YOU a terrorists !!  VISIT NEW(reloaded) “OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION” http://stateofterror.blogspot.com/   http://stateofterror.wordpress.com/

Whitie is fighting war on terrorism just to come home and be pronounced as terrorist...turned in Timothy, jobless, homeless ..YESSS,  WE CAN(FISH CAN & TENT CITY USA CAN)...GABBY OPENED HER EYES (psycho Tucson speech)

OS(B)AMA IS MOVING OUT OF AFGHAN THREE DAYS AFTER MY POSTING THIS ONLINE AND IS WILLING TO IMPROVE ECONOMY(genocide against whites) FEW MONTHS AHEAD OF ELECTIONS !!

Don't worry O(s)bama, you have just saved lots of Dollars in your DEBT DEALS(DEAD & ILL) as those America best (Navy Seals) would  also grew older !!

WAKE-UP !!! WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE IT GETS ALL TO LATE ON PLANET APE !!! TEARS WON'T DO YOU ANY GOOD !!! AS BUSH STATED "THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE PAID FOR"(to die ) !!

August 27 2011 at 3:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
charleyvldm9

An Insurance Company gave me a Battery Test of 240 questions to determine if they should employ me,I passed, tests like these should be given to Congress personnel before taking up their seats.

August 26 2011 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KEVIN

When applying for a lawn care service job, i was asked if i knew how to type..i said yes and then he asked me what the basic finger-keys were and i told him...he said he asked that question to find out if i were lying about knowing how to type.

August 26 2011 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wm Good

DEFEND THE PARADIGM!

August 26 2011 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
masterwebber

And these are the fools hiring people? Kind of scary if you ask me.

August 26 2011 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wm Good

Oh and let's not forget "Why do you want to work here?" . My answer was "Strange if you're wondering too." Amateur and not-so-smart interviewers have asked me "Who is the best boss you ever had and the worst". That's a trap and old as the hills. how about "Have you ever taken anything from a drunk person?" I answered "Yes, his car keys." You have a real bunch of weenies out there and what you'd better consider when they start asking really off the wall questions is ' do I want to work with these bozos?' I realize in the post -Bush era we can't be particular about employers and they realize it too. A job is a job and you take it if offered, period, no matter how wierd the people seem.

August 26 2011 at 1:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Barb And Tim

Check out the Top Grading Experience !! I have had 6 hours of interviews and if I get lucky enough I will have 6 more hours..... all of that to supervise 6 people!

August 26 2011 at 11:48 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
rsumner77

NOT weird except 1 & 10 which strike me as unimportant. The questions are intended to expose analytical thought processes and IMO don't need exact answers. As one who often does interviews I will pick up on these.

August 26 2011 at 11:42 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Barb And Tim

Once again HR and recruiters are getting the last laugh on the unemployed. Nothing more than job justification and mental masturbation !

August 26 2011 at 11:34 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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Terror Alarm

YES , WE CAN..WE WILL WIN IN WAR ON TERROR (30 whities or what are terrorists will never come back alive from Afghanistan...thank you lord..aamen).

ARIZONA = UTOYA = GOVERNMENT‘S "AFTERLIFE" FLASH MOB !! 911(TWIN TOWERS) = NORWAY BOMBING OR  STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM !!

STOLTENBERG = BREIVIK !! MULTYCULTURALISM = TERRORISM !!

OBAMA = OSAMA !!

As far as shooting, there was none(neither in NORWAY or Arizona). Instead tear gas and theater were used on faces of multiculturalism maniacs while calling YOU a terrorists !!  VISIT NEW(reloaded) “OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION” http://stateofterror.blogspot.com/   http://stateofterror.wordpress.com/

Whitie is fighting war on terrorism just to come home and be pronounced as terrorist...turned in Timothy, jobless, homeless ..YESSS,  WE CAN(FISH CAN & TENT CITY USA CAN)...GABBY OPENED HER EYES (psycho Tucson speech)

OS(B)AMA IS MOVING OUT OF AFGHAN THREE DAYS AFTER MY POSTING THIS ONLINE AND IS WILLING TO IMPROVE ECONOMY(genocide against whites) FEW MONTHS AHEAD OF ELECTIONS !!

Don't worry O(s)bama, you have just saved lots of Dollars in your DEBT DEALS(DEAD & ILL) as those America best (Navy Seals) would  also grew older !!

WAKE-UP !!! WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE IT GETS ALL TO LATE ON PLANET APE !!! TEARS WON'T DO YOU ANY GOOD !!! AS BUSH STATED "THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE PAID FOR"(to die ) !!

August 27 2011 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
malason

On a interview I was onced as "You go to your class reunion after 25 years, what were they saying about you? My answer...I don't know or care because I never liked most of them anyway. I got the job.

August 26 2011 at 11:30 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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