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Why Employers Ask Unusual Interview Questions [infographic]

Do you think of yourself as being intelligent? If so, there are some highly successful companies that want to hire you. You'll have to make it through the twists and turns of strange interview questions, though.

Do you think of yourself as being intelligent? If so, there are some highly successful companies that want to hire you. You'll have to make it through the twists and turns of strange interview questions, though. This SuperScholar.org covers some of the unusual things you might be asked when interviewing in today's job market.

When applying for a job at Amazon, for example, you might be asked something like this: "Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?" The breakdown of this question is simple. They want to know whether or not you have an ability to plan.

You don't have to be Einstein to get a potential employer's attention. If you have deductive reasoning skills, you're already a step ahead. In fact, 71 percent of employers admitted that emotional intelligence is more important to them than IQ.

Check out the infographic below for more revelations on the qualities employers are looking for.

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  1. 1 Laurie 24 Aug

    It's 6pm, and the workday is over. What made it awesome?  I'd say the fact that it is over by 6pm. 

    I guess if I were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put into the blender, I'd wait till they added the liquid, float to the top, and roll over the side like so many ingredients in my smoothies. 

    If I could be anyone else, it would be the guy interviewing me right now. 

    How many quarters to reach the height of the Empire State Building?  How much is the entry fee and cost of the tour that uses the elevator? Times four? 

    If I could get rid of one state in the US, which one would I choose? Probably the state where the opponent to my preferred candidate in the next US presidential election was born, considering the attention these things get. 

    How would I direct someone making an omelet.  First, I would have to be correct.  I wouldn't want to end up with egg on my face. 

    And a million dollars to launch my entrepreneurial idea? That should pay for a nice yacht, which I can launch and live on while I think of an entrepreneurial idea.

    Calculate the angle of the two clock pointers at 11:50.  Well, is it acute, as in 60 deg, or obtuse, as in 300 deg?  Don't know.  My pointers point to the LED display of my digital clock, and they are parallel. 

    And the Iron Chef question?  Well, now that my restaurant has a gig on Iron Chef, I can hire in a lot of top talent who are glad to get the exposure on the program while my own employees get the week off with pay.  Did I get the job?

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