Pizza Make Better Job Interview Questions

When multinational companies started to think like a psychologist, they used idioms and weird questions that seems unrelated to the position - even pizza. The use of pizza in some of these questions have allowed companies to guage what kind of personality or the kind of thinking ability the applicant has. For instance, Goldman Sachs used pizza for as a math problem: 

"How many square feet of pizza are eaten in the U.S. each year?" – Goldman Sachs, Programmer Analyst interview



Some other interview questions that are all about the food industry are the following: 

"If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?" – Apple, Specialist interview

"If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?" – Bed Bath & Beyond, Sales Associate interview

"Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?" – Dell, Account Manager interview


The questions are not actually random, in fact these questions are specifically studied by Glassdoor to allow employers to get to know their applicants and their process or analytic skills.

“Employers are looking to understand how candidates think, how they process and approach difficult brainteaser questions, and how candidates think on their feet when in a stressful situation,” says Samantha Zupan, a spokesperson for Glassdoor. “For tough or oddball interview questions, it’s not always about getting the right answers, it’s about how you tackle a challenging problem. When faced with tough questions like these, take a deep breath, slow down, and then sound out your thinking process aloud, and walk the interviewer through how you get to an answer.”

The complete set of oddball questions published are the following: 

1. "If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office what type of parade would it be?" – The Zappos Family

2. "How lucky are you and why?" – Airbnb

3. "If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors?" – Apple

4. "If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?" – Red Frog Events

5. "Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?" – Dell

6. "If you were on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would you bring?" – Yahoo

7. "If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?" – Bed Bath & Beyond

8. "Do you believe in Big Foot?" – Norwegian Cruise Line

9. "Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?" – Xerox

10. "What is your least favorite thing about humanity?" – ZocDoc

11. "How would you use Yelp to find the number of businesses in the US?" – Factual

12. "How honest are you?" – Allied Telesis

13. "How many square feet of pizza is eaten in the US each year?" – Goldman Sachs

14. "Can you instruct someone how to make an origami 'cootie catcher' with just words?" – LivingSocial

15. "If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?" – McKinsey & Company

16. "You're a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?"– Urban Outfitters

17. "How does the internet work?" – Akamai

18. "If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why?"– SinglePlatform

19. "What's the color of money???...." – American Heart Association

20. "What was the last gift you gave someone?" – Gallup

21. "What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?" – Applebee's

22. "How many snow shovels sold in the US last year?" – TASER

23. "It’s Thursday, we’re staffing you on a telecommunications project in Calgary, Canada on Monday. Your flight and hotel are booked; your visa is ready. What are the top five things you do before you leave?" – ThoughtWorks

24. "Most unexpected question: Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt." – Active Network

25. "Have you ever been on a boat?” – Applied Systems

Posted by Diane Araga, on January 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM