Advice | February 23, 2017 9:00 am

If You Can Answer These 27 Interview Questions, You’ll Get All the Jobs

Caveat emptor: One involves fire hydrants. Seriously.

Turns out pretending you already have the job isn’t the answer.

Glassdoor, a jobs and recruiting site, recently compiled 27 of the toughest job interview questions. The positions cover a myriad of industries, from data analyst to flight attendant to test operations engineer.

Some of our favorites:

  • How many fire hydrants are there in Los Angeles County? (Software Engineer, Disney Interactive Studios)
  • If you could take anyone on a road trip with you, who would you take and why? (Educator, lululemon)
  • Sell me on one idea, and then sell me on the opposite of that idea. (Solarwinds Administrator, Blizzard Entertainment)
  • If a coworker had an annoying habit, and it hindered your quality of work, how would you resolve it?” (Production Technician, Procter & Gamble)
  • Throw your resume aside and tell me what makes you you.” (Sales Executive, Zillow)

The company suggests some obvious solutions when faced with difficult questions: research the company beforehand, practice answers in the mirror, stock up on questions to ask the interviewer and dress the part. Yawn. Better advice: Use Glassdoor’s “Search interview questions” feature to find out what people are asking at each company.

And if a job you covet has a reputation for tough interviews, take heart: according to Glassdoor’s chief economist, difficult job interviews lead to more satisfied employees. So everyone at Amazon must be f*cking delirious with joy.