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Top 25 'oddball' job interview questions of 2012

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ATLANTA -- A strong interview is a surefire way to win over a potential employers, but some companies are making candidates think beyond the standard questions asking about their strengths and weaknesses.

Glassdoor.com compiled its annual top 25 list of the oddest questions asked by interviewers. The 2012 list comes from the jobs and career website's collection of more than 300,000 interview questions that job seekers have been asked across the world.

1. "If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why?" -- asked at Forrester Research, research associate candidate

2. "How many cows are in Canada?" -- asked at Google, local data quality evaluator candidate

3. "How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State Building?" -- asked at Jet Blue, pricing/revenue management analyst candidate

4. "A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?" -- asked at Clark Construction Group, office engineer candidate

5. "What songs best describe your work ethic?" -- asked at Dell, consumer sales candidate

6. "(Amazon founder) Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?" -- asked at Amazon, product development candidate

7. "What do you think about when you are alone in your car?" -- asked at Gallup, associate analyst candidate

8. "How would you rate your money?" -- asked at Marriott, front desk associate candidate

9. "Name 3 previous Nobel Prize winners." -- asked at benefitsCONNECT, office manager candidate

10. "Can you say 'Peter Piper Picked a Pickled Pepper' and cross-sell a washing machine at the same time?" -- asked at MasterCard, call center candidate

11. "If we come to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?" -- asked at Trader Joe's, crew candidate

12. "How would people communicate in a perfect world?" -- asked at Novell, software engineer candidate

13. "How do you make a tuna sandwich?" -- asked at Astron Consulting, office manager candidate

14. "My wife and I are going on vacation. Where would you recommend?" -- asked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, advisory associate candidate

15. "You are a head chef at a restaurant and your team has been selected to be on Iron Chef. How do you prepare your team for the competition, and how do you leverage the competition for your restaurant?" -- asked at Accenture, business analyst candidate

16. "Estimate how many windows are in New York." -- asked at Bain & Company, associate consultant candidate

17. "What your favorite song? Perform it for us now." -- asked at LivingSocial, adventures city manager candidate

18. "Calculate the angle of two clock pointers when time is 11:50." -- asked at Bank of America, software developer candidate

19. "Have you ever stolen a pen from work?" -- asked at Jiffy Software, software architect candidate

20. "Pick two celebrities to be your parents." -- asked at Urban Outfitters, sales associate candidate

21. "What kitchen utensil would you be?" -- asked at Bandwidth.com, marketer candidate

22. "If you had turned your cell phone to silent and it rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what would you tell me?" -- asked at Kimberly-Clark, biomedical engineer candidate

23. "On a scale from one to 10, rate me as an interviewer." -- asked at Kraft Foods, general laborer candidate

24. "If you could be anyone else, who would it be?" -- asked at Salesforce.com, sales representative candidate

25. "How would you direct someone else on how to cook an omelet?" -- asked at Petco, analyst candidate

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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