Top 11 oddball real-world tech job interview questions

1990s jams, jelly beans and plane crashes all figure into the job interview process, according to Glassdoor findings

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As if it isn’t already tough enough to land a job in tech, how would you like to be hit up with one of these strange interview questions? Here are some of the best, collected by online jobs/career marketplace Glassdoor. (10 More Oddball Job Interview Questions from 2014)

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All alone

“What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?”
– Airbnb: Trust and Safety Investigator

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Livin’ La Vida Loca anyone?

“What's your favorite '90s jam?”
– Squarespace: Customer Care

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Take your pick

“If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?”
– Dropbox: Rotation Program

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“If you were asked to unload a 747 full of jellybeans, what would you do?”
– Bose: IT Support Manager

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“How many people flew out of Chicago last year?”
– Redbox: Software Engineer II

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Squeaky clean

“How much do you charge to wash every window in Seattle?”
– Facebook: Online Sales Operations

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Something fishy

“Given 25 swimmers and a pool with five lanes, what is the minimum number of heats needed to determine the three fastest swimmers in the group?”
– CKM Advisors: Data Scientist

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Meep, meep!

“If you were a Muppet, which would you be?”
– TicketNetwork: Executive Support

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Fill 'er up

“How many gas stations are there in America?”
– Zappos Family: Senior Financial Analyst

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Fantasy Island

“You have a 1 mile long x 1 mile wide private island that you wish to turn into a resort. A plane requires a 2-mile long runway to take off. What do you do?”
– Riot Games: QA Analyst

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In 140 characters...

“Why is the earth round?
– Twitter: Software Engineer