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Strangest interview question: 'Why are manholes round?'

Last updated on: November 25, 2014 18:11 IST

We'd asked you, dear readers, to tell us what are the strangest questions asked to you in a job interview

Here are a few interesting responses we received from you. You can e-mail yours too!

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We start off with this response shared by reader Atul Panday.

Here are the two interesting questions he shared:

Why are manholes round?


Question 1: Why are manholes round?

Question 2: If you had to choose between your hand and legs -- the other would get amputated -- which one would you choose?

The following question was asked to Srinivas in a job interview held in 2000.

Think you can crack it?

What menu would you serve the dead?


Question: If you are hosting a dinner and the list of invitees include everyone from world including dead what is the menu you offer?

Rediff reader Col H T Jagadish asked the following tricky question in a job interview.

If you were him, what would your answer be? Tell us!

Which berth would you prefer?


Question: You are travelling in a 3-tier AC train compartment.

Which berth would you prefer and why?

a) Upper berth b) Middle berth c) Lower berth

We also liked this particular question shared by Dr Venkatesh Chaturvedi.

He informs us that the interview was for the post of assistant professor in Botany in a university.

What do you think could be the question? Read on...

What does a plant mean?


Question: I have never seen a plant in my life. Can you explain me what it means?

Question 2 (asked to a friend): Consider that you're in a class of six-year-olds. You have to persuade the kids to study botany. How will you do it?

We wind up with these three questions, which reader Ashish Patil, says were asked to a candidate who had applied for the role of web/graphic designer.

What is the full form of HTML?


Question 1: What is the difference between GIF and JPG?

Question 2: Can you create a high resolution 'icon'?

Question 3: What is the full from of HTML?

Dear readers, have you experienced more interesting interview questions like these in a job interview?

Please e-mail them to us at (Subject: The strangest job interview question) and we'll feature the best ones right here on

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