16 tricky job-interview questions being asked by the world's best companies

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With excellent perks, great pay and benefits, and high job satisfaction, employees at the 50 best companies to work for in America seem to have a good thing going.

But before you start seething with envy, you should see some of the questions they had to answer to get there.

To find these difficult and sometimes odd queries, Business Insider sifted through hundreds of reviews on Glassdoor submitted by people who recently interviewed at these top companies.

And although Google officially did away with its notoriously difficult brainteasers years ago, a few interviewers at Google and plenty more at other companies continue to carry the torch.

If you’re thinking of tossing your hat in the ring, be sure to prepare yourself for some real head-scratchers:

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'How many pianos are in Poland?' -- Boston Consulting Group intern candidate

'If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?' -- Google associate account-strategist candidate

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'How much do you charge to wash every window in Seattle?' -- Facebook online-sales-operations candidate

'What is the angle between the hour and the minute hand at three fifteen?' -- Fast Enterprises implementation consultant candidate

'How much does a 747 plane taking off from La Guardia en route to London Heathrow weigh?' -- Bain consultant candidate

'How many children are born every day?' -- Apple global-supply-manager candidate

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'If I was talking to your best friend, what is one thing they would say you need to work on?' -- Apple red-zone specialist candidate

'Let's say I'm your manager and you get hired at Bain. At the end of one year, what will I write in your performance review?' -- Bain associate consultant candidate

'If you could be remembered for one sentence, what would it be?' -- Google associate account-strategist candidate

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'How many postmen are in this city?' -- McKinsey business analyst candidate

'If you had a choice between two superpowers -- being invisible or flying -- which would you choose?' -- Microsoft high-level product-lead/evangelist candidate

'When do you want to retire?' -- Adobe senior instructional designer candidate

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'At this stage in your life would you prefer earning or learning?' -- Google software-engineer candidate

'Give me the book title and chapter titles for a major accomplishment (of yours).' -- McKinsey summer associate candidate

'Write a program to simulate the writing of a ransom note given a magazine from which letters can be extracted.' -- Microsoft software-engineer candidate

'What was your best day in the last four years? What was your worst?' -- Apple engineering-project manager candidate

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