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'How Can We Move Mount Fuji?': Canada's Weirdest Job Interview Questions

03/18/2015 10:56 EDT | Updated 03/18/2015 10:56 EDT
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If you're applying for a job as a design specialist at Telus, you're probably not expecting to be asked how to move Mount Fuji.

But that's indeed what happened to one job candidate, according to job review site Glassdoor. Its list of Canada's strangest job interview questions includes such head-scratchers as how to get a plastic ball out of a cup without touching the edges, or your plan to "keep Hootsuite weird."

So what's the point of questions like this? According to Glassdoor's director of talent acquisition, Susan Underwood, employers want to see "how you think and how you can solve unexpected challenges."

The worst thing you can do is say "I don't know" or give a one-word answer, Underwood says, and if you have no idea what the answer might be, your best bet is to talk through it out loud.

“For tough or oddball interview questions, it's not always about getting the right answers, it's about how you tackle a challenging problem," Underwood says. "When faced with tough questions like these, take a deep breath, slow down, sound out your thinking process aloud, and walk the interviewer through how you get to an answer.”

Here are Glassdoor's top 10 oddball interviews questions for Canada:

  • 'If you could high five one person, living or not, who would it be?'
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    Lululemon retail educator job candidate,Toronto, Ont.
  • 'If Labatt gave you a million dollars with the condition that you'd have to pay it back in 3 years, what would you do with it?'
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    Labatt Brewery development program job candidate, Toronto, Ont.
  • 'If you only have one choice, do you prefer to work on time or correctly?'
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    BlackBerry employee job candidate, Victoria, B.C.
  • 'How can we move Mount Fuji?'
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    “How can we move Mount Fuji?” – Telus design specialist job candidate, location n/a.
  • 'If you were an inanimate object, what would you be?'
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    Starbucks barista job candidate, Calgary, Alta.
  • 'What would you name a book about your life at this point?'
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    Prism Resources customer service representative job candidate, location n/a.
  • 'How do you get a plastic ball out of a cup without touching the cup?'
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    TD Bank risk and controls job candidate, location n/a.
  • 'If you own a grocery store and you have to sell apples, how would you determine how many different type of apples would you sell?'
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    Bombardier Aerospace business analyst job candidate, location n/a.
  • 'How will you keep HootSuite weird?'
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    Hootsuite content marketing job candidate, (Vancouver, B.C.
  • 'How many traffic lights are there in Canada?'
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    Bell Canada leadership development program job candidate, location n/a.

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