3 May 2016
Toughest interview questions revealed for 2016

Preparing for a job interview is harder than ever these days. The interviewer has the difficult job of separating the good from the awesome candidates and with so many of you out there, tougher interview questions are being introduced into the interview process.

Research released recently by Glassdoor has revealed the toughest interview questions of the year, with ‘Which magic power would you like to have?’ coming out on top. This question was asked to by Topshop to potential sales assistants. What would you say to that?!

Not only do candidates have to prepare for the standard interview questions like ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?’, you will now have to expect to be put on the spot with outrageous questions such as ‘How do you get an elephant in the fridge?’. RedBox Recruitment do not have the answer to this.

The full list of question can be seen below:

  1. “Which magic power would you like to have?” – Topshop Sales Assistant job candidate (Portsmouth, England).
  2. “If you were a fruit, what kind would you be and why?” – Topdeck Travel Trip Leader job candidate (London, England).
  3. “If you could have dinner with three actors that are no longer living, who would you pick?” – Blackberry Commercial Director job candidate (Berkshire, England).
  4.  “How many hours would it take to clean every single window in London?” – IBM IT Role job candidate          (Portsmouth, England).
  5. “How do you get an elephant in a fridge?” – Gemalto Software Engineer job candidate (London, England).
  6. “If the time is quarter past 3, what is the angle measurement on the clock?” – Standard Bank Group Product Control Lead job candidate (London, England).
  7. “If you had three minutes alone in a lift with the CEO, what would you say?” Network Rail Management Accountant job candidate (London, England).
  8. “How many people born in 2013 were named Gary?” – BT Senior Proposition Manager job candidate (London, England).
  9. “What will you be famous for?” – EY Director job candidate (London, England).
  10. “How many nappies are purchased per year in the UK?” AVIVA Graduate Programme job candidate (London, England).

Previous research by Glassdoor has statistically linked hard job interviews to higher employee satisfaction. The findings discovered that the optimal interview difficulty, when measured on a five-point scale, was four out of five. On this scale one is very easy, three is average, and five is very difficult. “The easiest two-point interviews, and the most difficult five-point interviews, are both associated with lower employee satisfaction,” says the study.

Dr Andrew Chamberlain, a Chief Economist at Glassdoor explains that “This information sends a signal to organisations that they should re-evaluate their interview processes to ensure they’re asking the right questions to better understand a candidate’s skill set, whether they will be a cultural fit and if they can do the job. Every employer wants to hire the right candidate – who will be satisfied weeks, months and years into the job. Taking a step back and improving your interview process to better screen candidates will help you achieve that.”

So with this in mind, RedBox Recruitment advises you to be prepared for the sneaky questions that may come up to see not only how you react, but the answer you provide gives an insight into your personality and whether you are a good fit for the company. Yikes! Don’t let this scare you though – you may surprise yourself with what you come out with. Good luck!




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