Recruiting Leaks from Job Interviews: The Top 10 of the nastiest questions

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"What do they probably ask in the interview?" This question concerns all applicants, there are countless advisors on the subject. These questions, however, would probably not have come from a guidebook.

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Black sheep ...

The more me occasionally from the application practice German Company the ears, the more I have to shake my head.

From staff who throw application kits on the ground and sort them out, which falls out. Of staff, according to the zodiac signs. And similar crass stories.

and positive examples

Of course there are also positive examples. I am thinking of Kristo Käärmann, co-founder of TransferWise, the startup funded by Facebook investor Peter Thiel and Virgin founder Richard Branson:

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I found this idea during the job interview very nice: "For example, we ask what applicants can do that we can not do ourselves - such as playing the piano or a particular language. And then we ask if he or she can teach us that, "I said Käärmann in the Intverview.

Why recruiters tremble in front of glassdoor

But the black sheep must tremble. No wonder an outcry went through the German recruiting scene when Galssdoor came to Germany a few months ago.

Because the 2008 US-based company has more than 27 million members worldwide, it brings together free and anonymous reviews, star ratings and payroll job information.

Recruiting Leaks

Funded by Google Capital, Tiger Global, Benchmark, Battery Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, DAG Ventures and the Dragoneer Investment Group, it does what the name implies: it leaks companies' recruiting practices and makes it clear really goes behind the doors that many managers like to keep locked.

So also the topic job interview. At Glasdoor, they have now taken the trouble to evaluate over a thousand questions from job interviews that German applicants have posted on the job and career community over the past 12 months.

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The Top 10 of the nastiest questions

The result is this admittedly very creative top 10 list of nastiest questions in the interview - which shows that the questions do not necessarily have anything to do with the job.

  1. "Explain how to cook eggs perfectly." - Asked by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to a candidate as a research associate (Sankt Augustin).
  2. "If you were an animal, what animal would you be?" - Asked by Estée Lauder to an applicant for an internship (Munich).
  3. "How would you measure the height of a building with a barometer?" - Asked for a job as a Business Analyst (Munich) by Unicredit Management Consulting.
  4. "Which 30 companies are in the DAX?" - Asked Roland Berger to an applicant as a consultant (no location).
  5. "What's your favorite event in history?" - Presented to eFront Financial Solutions as a Business Analyst candidate (Frankfurt am Main).
  6. "What's your personal secret?" - Posted by Apple to a candidate as Genius (Hamburg).
  7. "What do you call all primes up to n as fast as possible?" - Provided by Zalando to an applicant as a software developer (Berlin).
  8. "Please try to estimate the annual consumption of Clearasil in Germany!" - Posted by Reckitt Benckiser to an applicant for a Brand Management internship (Mannheim).
  9. "Tell me 7 things you can do with this pen." - Presented to an applicant by the HitFox Group as Head of Customer Care (Berlin).
  10. "Imagine a machine that can produce all the milk that Starbucks needs on an average day around the world. All you have to do is get the right number of cows through this machine. How Many Starbucks Stores Are There Worldwide? How many cows would I need? How fast would they have to go through? "- Asked at Bain Company to a candidate for an internship in consulting (Munich).

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