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Strange job interview queries explained

world Updated: Jun 23, 2010 01:14 IST

In order to help people prepare for tough job interview questions,, a California website that bills itself as “the TripAdvisor for careers”, compiled a list of some of the top oddball interview questions.

According to Rusty Rueff, a consultant at Glassdoor, who is the author of Talent Force: A New Manifesto for the Human Side of Business said ninety per cent of people don’t know how to deal with strange questions .

How many hair salons are there in Japan?

Rueff says the interviewer is giving you an opportunity to demonstrate your thought processes. He says you should think out loud, like the contestants on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? You might start by saying, we’d have to know the population of Japan, and then we’d have to figure out what percentage of them get their hair done and how often.

Why are manhole covers round?

Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio, a career services consultant at advises: “I would say, a round manhole cover could keep the framework of the tunnel stronger, because a round frame is much stronger than a square frame.”

If you were a brick in a wall, which brick would you be and why?

This is an invitation to show a side of your personality. Cerrachio advises saying something like, “I would want to be a foundational brick because I’m a solid person. You can build on my experience and I will never let you down.”