These are not IELTS test questions but you might be asked something like this if you apply for a job at a tech company. According to Glassdoor, these are some questions that were actually asked during interviews with tech firms in 2011. They are called “oddball questions” and interviewers will sometimes ask questions like this to put you “on the spot” and see how well you can “think on your feet”.
But don’t worry, you WON’T be asked questions like this during your IELTS or TOEFL exam.
“How many people are using Facebook in San Francisco at 2:30 p.m. on a Friday?”
— Asked at Google, Vendor Relations Manager candidate
“If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?”
— Asked at Hewlett-Packard, Product Marketing Manager candidate
“Given 20 ‘destructible’ light bulbs (which break at a certain height), and a building with 100 floors, how do you determine the height that the light bulbs break?”
— Asked at Qualcomm, Engineering candidate
“How would you cure world hunger?”
— Asked at Amazon.com, Software Developer candidate
“You’re in a row boat, which is in a large tank filled with water. You have an anchor on board, which you throw overboard (the chain is long enough so the anchor rests completely on the bottom of the tank). Does the water level in the tank rise or fall?”
— Asked at Tesla Motors, Mechanical Engineer candidate
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“Please spell ‘diverticulitis’.”
— Asked at EMSI Engineering, Account Manager candidate
“You have a bouquet of flowers. All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips. How many flowers do you have?”
— Asked at Epic Systems, Corporation Project Manager/Implementation Consultant candidate
“How do you feel about those jokers at Congress?”
— Asked at Consolidated Electrical, Management Trainee candidate
“If you were a Microsoft Office program, which one would you be?”
— Asked at Summit Racing Equipment, Ecommerce candidate
Have you ever been asked an “oddball question”? When? Where? Please write in the comments below!