Job interviews can cause nerves and mind-blanks in even the most confident people, but some companies want to know a lot more than your experience at the job and employment history – they want to know how you think and react to problems.
To try and understand their candidates’ thinking processes, some companies ask almost impossible questions, often with no correct answer, and job interview review site Glassdoor has collected some of the toughest asked to British job-hunters over the last 12 months.
How many calories are there in a supermarket? Asked at Google, product manager candidate
How would you sell a fridge to an Eskimo? Asked at Harrods, temporary sales associate candidate
What would you take to a lonely island with you and why? Asked at Urban Outfitters, sales assistant candidate
Is Batman a superhero? Asked at AlphaSights, support engineer candidate
You have 17 red and 17 blue balls, and you remove two at a time. If the two are the same colour, add in one extra blue ball. If they are different colours, add in an extra red ball. What colour is the final ball removed? Asked at Geonomics, software engineer candidate
What cartoon character would you be and why? Asked at Asda, administrative assistant candidate
What is the wildest thing that you have done? Asked at Metro Bank, teller candidate
What was your opinion of the film The Blair Witch Project? Asked at Jefferies & Company, data analyst candidate