25 Tough Interview Questions

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The Telegraph have published a list of 25 tough interview questions. Unlike the usual what are your strengths and weaknesses, some employers are asking much trickier questions!

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The questions:

  1. “If you were to win £1m what would you do with the money?”
    – Asked at PwC, Associate candidate (Birmingham, England)
  2. “What do you think is the most useful function in Excel?”
    – Asked at FirstGroup, Business Analyst candidate (London, England)
  3. “What makes you happy about work on a Friday evening?”
    – Asked at Tesco, International Deployment Manager candidate (London, England)
  4. “How do you fit a giraffe in a fridge?”
    – Asked at UBS, Sales Trading candidate (London, England)
  5. “What is it about this job you would least look forward to?”
    – Asked at BP, Category Manager candidate (London, England)
  6. “If you were the Head of Barclays Corporate what would your strategy be with the recent European Crisis?”
    – Asked at Barclays, Risk candidate (London, England)
  7. “If your friend was seriously injured and you had to get him to a hospital, would you speed and go through a red light?”
    – Asked at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, Trainee Solicitor candidate (London, England)
  8. “Would you rather fight a horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?”
    – Asked at BHP Billiton, Dry Bulk Marketer candidate (London, England)
  9. “Tell me about a time when you failed at something.”
    – Asked at Lloyds Banking Group, Analyst candidate (London, England)
  10. “What are the three words that your parents would describe you with?”
    – Asked at YO! Sushi, Team Member candidate (London, England)
  11. “What have you done in the past to get out of a tricky situation?”
    – Asked at Virgin Atlantic Airways, CSA candidate (Heathrow, England)
  12. “Why is 99pc not good enough?”
    – Asked at Parcelforce Worldwide, Delivery & Collection Manager candidate (Milton Keynes, England)
  13. “How many ways can you get a needle out of a haystack?”
    – Asked at Macquarie Bank, Senior Java Developer candidate (London, England)
  14. “How would you explain Facebook to your Grandma?”
    – Asked at Huddle, Sales Executive candidate (London, England)
  15. “If you entered into a room full of people with different interests, what would you do?”
    – Asked at Ernst & Young, Actuarial Analyst candidate (London, England)
  16. “What do you mean by ‘leadership’?”
    – Asked at Moody’s, Marketing Strategist candidate (London, England)
  17. “By what criteria do you judge your own performance?”
    – Asked at Gatwick Airport, Project Manager candidate (Gatwick, England)
  18. “Which football team do you support?”
    – Asked at Sky, Reporting Analyst candidate (London, England)
  19. “What is the main thing that gets you out of bed each morning?”
    – Asked at Everything Everywhere, Customer Advisor candidate (Royal Leamington Spa, England)
  20. “Describe the hardest decision you have faced in the past 12 months.”
    – Asked at Accenture, Software Developer candidate (London, England)
  21. “Who is your biggest hero?”
    – Asked at De La Rue, Procurement candidate (Basingstoke, England)
  22. “Give me an example of your extreme levels of tenacity.”
    – Asked at ALDI, Store Manager candidate (Chelmsford, England)
  23. “In a fight between a lion and a tiger, who would win & why?”
    – Asked at Capco, Associate Consultant candidate (London, England)
  24. “How would your delegates describe you?”
    – Asked at Harvey Nichols, Learning & Development Manager candidate (Edinburgh, Scotland)
  25. “Do you think the quality of our menswear products are as high as our home department products?”
    – Asked at Marks & Spencer, Technologist candidate (London, England


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