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The workplace: the hardest question of all

So what was the toughest question you’ve ever been asked at interview?

October 2015

A leading recruitment site has put together a ‘top 10’ list the toughest questions encountered by job hunters over the past year. So how would you have coped with your interviewer asking you how many tennis balls they use each year at the Wimbledon tennis tournament? Quick as a flash we are sure you would have said 50,000! If you had you would only have been 4,250 out, as the total is in fact 54,250.
“What was your opinion of the film The Blair Witch Project?”, or “Is Batman a superhero?” might seem like great topics for discussion down the pub, but in the high-pressure situation of the job interview it is hardly surprising many of us would end up struggling to find an answer.
These questions are trying to test how you react under pressure and deal with the unexpected. So go on, give them a go.
1. Can you calculate how many tennis balls are used during the course of Wimbledon? (Accenture)
2. What’s the total number of cars in the UK? (Barclays Investment)
3. How many calories are in a grocery store? (Google)
4. How would you sell a fridge to an eskimo? (Harrods)
5. What would you take to a lonely island with you and why? (Urban Outfitters)
6. Is Batman a superhero? (AlphaSights)
7. 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? (Geonomics)
8. What cartoon character would you be and why? (ASDA)
9. What is the wildest thing you have done? (Metro Bank)
10. What was your opinion of the film The Blair Witch Project? (Jefferies & Company)

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