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Jeff Zwelling: A hammer and a nail cost $1.10, and the hammer costs one dollar more than the nail. How much does the nail cost?”

Former Converto CEO and current COO of ZipRecruiter, Zwelling says he regularly turns to tricky questions during job interviews to get a better sense of who the candidate is.

“Some candidates will instantly blurt out 10 cents, which is obviously wrong,” he said. “They don’t have to get the exact right answer but I want to see them at least have a thought process behind it,” he explains.

General Stanley McChrystal: What would someone who doesn’t like you say about you?

Retired General McChrystal currently oversees his own management consulting firm – his favourite question essentially forces candidates to consider their least attractive qualities "and also muster enough courage to share them with someone who holds power over their careers," reports Business Insider's Richard Feloni.

Wayne Jackson: Can you tell me about a time when you almost gave up, how you felt about that, and what you did instead of giving up?

Jackson is the chief executive of software security firm Sonatype – he told the New York Times that the question reveals a lot about a potential employee’s competitiveness and their “drive to get through tough problems and tough times.”

Ajeet Singh: If you worked in a restaurant, what role would you want?

ThoughtSpot CEO Singh says this somewhat odd-sounding questions is actually more useful than it first seems.

"This question gets at the essence of what drives a person and what they like to do, what inspires them, what motivates them" he explained. "I want to see if I can get some unconventional insight into what people are like when the job search constraints are removed."

Do you have any unusual or original interview questions that you swear by? Share yours below.

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  • Wendy_HR on 2015-12-03 1:16:50 PM

    Okay, I'm asking. What is the answer Jeff Zwelling was looking for? Is it just that it is unknown what the items would sell for if they were sold separately?

  • Sarah on 2015-12-04 1:14:34 PM

    he's looking for the thought process - he says that in his quote.

    The answer is $1.05 and 5¢

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