Companies utilize these seemingly ridiculous questions to better understand how candidates approach and think through issues. As a Deloitte Consultant, you’ll probably never need to figure out the # of bricks on all residential buildings in Shanghai, but you might be faced with equally daunting and ambiguous questions from clients who will expect you to create and define a process to answer. Other questions, such as “How weird are you” is a favorite of companies such as Zappos to make sure potential hires have a sense of humour and do not take themselves too seriously. Ultimately, it’s important to bare in mind that with these “ridiculous” questions, it’s often not the answer that is most important but the process utilized to arrive at your answer. Knowing this, I’m still glad I haven’t come across many of these questions during my job interviews! :)

"Given the numbers 1 to 1,000, what is the minimum number of guesses needed to find a specific number, if you are given the hint ‘higher’ or ‘lower’ for each guess you make?" — Facebook

"Using a scale of 1 to 10, rate yourself on how weird you are." — Capital One (**COF**)

"Explain quantum electrodynamics in two minutes, starting now." — Intel (**INTC**)

"How many balloons would fit in this room?" — PricewaterhouseCoopers

"If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?" — Goldman Sachs (**GS**)

"You have a bouquet of flowers. All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips. How many flowers do you have?" — Epic Systems

"What is the philosophy of martial arts?" — Aflac (**AFL**)

"Explain to me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years." — Boston Consulting

"If you could be any superhero, which one would you be?" — AT&T (**T**)

"How do you weigh an elephant without using a scale?" — IBM (**IBM**)

"If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner?" — Amazon (**AMZN**)

"How many bricks are there in Shanghai? Consider only residential buildings." —Deloitte Consulting

"You have five bottles of pills. One bottle has 9 gram pills, the others have 10 gram pills. You have a scale that can be used only once. How can you find out which bottle contains the 9 gram pills?" —eBay (**EBAY**)

"What is your fastball?" — Ernst & Young

"How would you market ping pong balls if ping pong itself became obsolete? List many ways, then pick one and go into detail." — Microsoft (**MSFT**)

"How many smartphones are there in New York City?" — Google (**GOOG**)

"You are in charge of 20 people. Organize them to figure out how many bicycles were sold in your area last year." — Schlumberger (**SLB**)

"Why do you think only a small percentage of the population makes over $125,000 a year?" — New York Life

"You have three boxes. One contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled so that no label accurately identifies the contents of any of the boxes. Opening just one box, and without looking inside, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?" — Apple (**AAPL**)

"How many ball bearings, each one inch in diameter, can fit inside a 747 aircraft?" — SAIC (**SAI**)

(Source: CNN)