24 Job Interview Questions You Don't Want To Be Asked

Job interview questions

With the help of employee-reviews site Glassdoor.com’s Interview Questions & Reviews section, we’ve compiled 24 of the strangest interview questions asked in 2009.

The questions come from interviews with companies including Apple, Goldman Sachs, Bain & Co, and Google.

They include the impossible:

“How would you move Mount Fuji?”

And the insulting:

” Are your parents disappointed with your career aspirations?”

They are 24 real-life interview questions you never, ever want to be asked in a job interview.

But you better read’em just in case you are >

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