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The top 25 oddball interview questions of 2013 include pizza, cooties, and boats

Above: "Your decade of work experience is nice, but I'm really interested in your thoughts on pizza."

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The fate of your career could rest on your answers to the following questions.

“If you were a pizza deliveryman, how would you benefit from scissors?”

“What is your least favorite thing about humanity?”

“Can you instruct someone how to make an origami ‘cootie catcher’ with just words?”

Glassdoor released a list of its “top 25 oddball interview questions” today, featuring quirky questions from many of tech’s most well-known and competitive companies.

The top oddball question went to Zappos, for asking, “If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office, what type of parade would it be?”

Airbnb inquires “How lucky are you and why?” And the pizza delivery man question? That was Apple.

Thoughtworks, which Glassdoor recently rated as the most difficult tech company to interview with, asks “It’s Thursday, we’re staffing you on a telecommunications project in Calgary, Canada on Monday. Your flight and hotel are booked, your visa is ready. What are the top five things you do before you leave?”

I wouldn’t recommend including “drinking heavily and gathering money for gambling and prescription drugs” in your answer.

Dell has asked its interviewees whether they are a hunter or a gatherer, and Yahoo poses the old standby of “If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?”

Some of the companies get rather philosophical with their candidates.

ZocDoc queried “What is your least favorite thing about humanity?” (to which I imagine responding “stupid interview questions” is not a wise response), and Allied Telesis asks “How honest are you?” (How honest is anyone, really?).

Applied Systems wonders “If you have ever been on a boat?” This may not seem like a philosophical question at first, until you start thinking that it is too easy, question whether you have actually ever been on a boat, and from there question everything you thought you knew about everything.

Factual asks its candidates about how to use Yelp to find the number of businesses in the U.S., and the cootie catcher question came from LivingSocial. Those applying at Active Network have and to describe the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt.

Akamai poses the biggest doozy of them all — how does the Internet work?

The tech world has a notoriously competitive hiring environment. Interviews are a critical part of the hiring process, and tech companies like to throw the unexpected at their candidates to see how they react under fire.

Employers aren’t just looking for your educational background and the skills listed on your resume. They want to know that you are creative, a critical thinker who could mesh well with the company culture.

Basically, all the Ivy League degrees in the world won’t get you anywhere if you aren’t well versed in the art of cootie catching.

Glassdoor is an online career community that collects crowdsourced data from employees and fashions it into insightful reports. For this report, Glassdoor looked at tens of thousands of interview questions job candidates shared over the past year as part of the “interview review” feature.

Glassdoor also compiled a list of the most common interview questions, which include “What are you strengthes and weaknesses?” “Why are you interested in working here?” and “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

For the 2013 list of oddball questions, click here — Canadian cows, tuna sandwiches, and Jeff Bezos are involved.

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