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These are some of the most ridiculous questions you could be asked in a job interview

Given the numbers 1 to 1,000, what is the minimum number of guesses needed to find a specific number, if you are given the hint ‘higher’ or ‘lower’ for each guess you make?

SITTING AN INTERVIEW for a job is never a fun experience.

You can go in and hope you handle the questions cooly and calmly without blurting out any embarrassing stories about yourself.

Sometimes the interviewer might throw a real curveball of a question.

CPL’s Employment Monitor found that 60% of interviewers will do this deliberately, often just to see how the interviewee handles under pressure.

CPL, along with job review website Glassdoor.com, looked at some of the weirder or ridiculous question Irish people have been asked in interviews.

How many bricks are there in Dublin – focus only on the residential buildings.

28/7/2014. Dublin Aerial Views Source: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie

If you had a jumbo jet full of jelly beans how would you estimate how many were red?

Jelly Belly Source: Gog Llundain via Flickr/Creative Commons

What animal are you?

Pooped pooch Source: Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious

If you were a superhero, who would it be?

Power cuff Source: goldberg via Flickr/Creative Commons

What colour best represents your personality?

shutterstock_276314516 Source: Shutterstock/sezer66

Explain to me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years.

20/4/2011. Anglo Irish Bank Signs Dumped Source: Brian O' Leary/RollingNews.ie

Given the numbers 1 to 1,000, what is the minimum number of guesses needed to find a specific number, if you are given the hint ‘higher’ or ‘lower’ for each guess you make?

Math Wall Source: trindade.joao via Flickr/Creative Commons

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Using a scale of 1 to 10, rate yourself on how weird you are.

vampire dog? Source: normanack via Flickr/Creative Commons

How many balloons would fit in this room?

shutterstock_252125971 Source: Shutterstock/Sutichak Yachiangkham

If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?

shutterstock_141104167 Source: Shutterstock/Marie C Fields

What’s the share price (of the company you are applying to)?

That was supposed to be going up, wasn't it? Source: rednuht via Flickr/Creative Commons

Explain quantum electrodynamics in two minutes, starting now.

Vzeukqe

How do you weigh an elephant without using a scale?

Young elephant Source: Mister-E via Flickr/Creative Commons

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