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Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions in Canada

Job candidates should be ready for any question that could be asked during today’s competitive recruiting process. To help, Glassdoor®, the world’s most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace, has announced its annual report revealing the Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions for 2016, featuring six lists of challenging interview questions across North America and parts of Europe.

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Based on hundreds of thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates over the past year1, these lists identify some of the most difficult and bizarre questions job seekers could face when interviewing for any position.

Glassdoor’s Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions in Canada for 2016 are:

1. “What was the last thing you Googled?” – Tim Hortons Leadership Development Program job candidate (Oakville, ON).

2. “Which Game of Thrones character do you like most?” – Bench Accounting Associate job candidate (Toronto, ON).

3. “If you could sit next to one person on a transcontinental flight, who would it be?” – Salesforce Sales Representative job candidate (Toronto, ON).

4. “How do you calculate the number of red cars in a city?” – Manulife Actuarial Associate job candidate (Toronto, ON).

5. “If you were a utensil, which one would you be and why?” – Jack Astor’s Cocktail Server job candidate (Kingston, ON)

6. “If you had only 24 hours left on planet Earth, how would you spend it?” – Iridia Medical Executive Assistant job candidate (Vancouver, BC).

7. “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag?” – Canada’s Wonderland Monster job candidate (Toronto, ON).

8. “We meet on an elevator, and you have until we reach the 10th floor to convince me that you’re right for the job. Go!” – Sunwing Airlines Seasonal Flight Attendant job candidate (Calgary, AB).

9. “If you were a Prime Minister for a day, what one law would you change and why?” – Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg Student-at-Law job candidate (Montreal, QC).

10. “How would you shuffle a deck of cards?” – StackAdapt Software Engineer job candidate (Toronto, ON).

“Job candidates at employers across all industries should be ready to answer any question, from the most basic to the most challenging,” said Susan Underwood, Glassdoor Head of Global Recruiting and Talent Acquisition. “Employers are asking tough interview questions to test a job candidate’s critical thinking skills, see how they problem solve on the spot, and gauge how they approach difficult situations. Employers want to determine how different candidates respond to challenges, and those who respond well may have the edge when it comes to receiving a job offer.”

In addition, it turns out that there is a statistical link between a tough interview process and greater employee satisfaction. According to recent Glassdoor Economic Research across six countries, more challenging interviews upfront are associated with higher employee satisfaction later on.

1 Methodology: Glassdoor evaluates all approved interview questions shared during the past 12 months (3/18/15-3/17/16) by job candidates on Glassdoor in each respective country. To develop the list, we take into account community feedback (e.g., question tagging like ‘brainteaser’) and compile a range of questions that give job seekers a better idea as to what may come up in an interview. This is a sample list of questions.

Glassdoor is the most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace that is changing how people search for jobs and how companies recruit top talent. Glassdoor combines free and anonymous reviews, ratings and salary content with job listings to help job seekers find the best jobs and address critical questions that come up during the job search, application, interview and negotiation phases of employment.

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