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Extreme Interviewing: More Companies Conducting Non-Traditional Job Interviews | Moneyland |

A recent Los Angeles Times story explores the trend it refers to as “extreme interviewing,” in which candidates are subjected to shenanigans that wouldn’t seem out of place on a reality TV program like “The Apprentice” or “Survivor.” College students applying for an internship with one company were asked to make the case why they should be selected solely via 13 different 140-character messages on Twitter. In some situations, a handful of job candidates are gathered in a bar or restaurant, just to see how everyone will react to the tension of facing off against their competition in person.

Job candidates are also increasingly lobbed outside-the-box questions like “If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?” and “On a scale of 1 to 10, how weird are you?” Usually, there are not necessarily any correct answers. There are incorrect answers, though, in the form of any response that would reveal you as a moron or thoroughly unlikeable.

Google has a long, storied history of messing with job candidates’ heads in order to reveal how smart they are (or not), and how good they are thinking on their feet. Hiring managers like to asked offbeat questions such as “How would you weigh your head?”

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