Preparing for a job interview can be a tough task, especially when you have no idea what curveball interview questions the company might ask.
Sure, you can swot up on the company history and prepare your ideas for what you'd bring to the role but how can you prep for guessing what the interviewer might be thinking at that exact time? Or know if you might be presented with a riddle that needs solving?
These are just a couple of examples of the 20 most difficult job interview questions that potential employees have been asked by brands ranging from British Airways to Next.
Careers website Glassdoor put together the list by searching through the hundreds of thousands of interview questions that candidates had shared on their website in the last year.
But don't be too afraid - you won't be making a mistake if you don't get the right answer, as David Whitby, UK country manager at Glassdoor said, "Preparing for an interview thoroughly means being ready for anything, even a curveball question not directly related to the job. Remember, it's not necessarily about getting the right answer, more how you cope under pressure."
Read up on some of these tough questions to prepare yourself if you have a job interview coming up...
1. "What on your CV is the closest thing to a lie?" – Marketing and Communications Employee, The Phoenix Partnership
2. "What am I thinking right now?" – Regional Director, TES Global
3. "How would your enemy describe you?" – Advertising Sales Grad Scheme, Condé Nast
4. "If you had a friend who was great for a job and an identical person who was just as good, but your friend earned you £2,000 less, who would you give the job to?" – Associate Recruitment Consultant, Hays
5. "What's the most selfish thing you've ever done?" – Graduate Consultant, PageGroup
6. "You are stranded on the moon with a group of other astronauts and you need to travel 200 miles back to base, here is a list of 15 items salvaged from the wreckage of the spacecraft you were travelling in. List them in order of importance." – Sales Employee, Turnstone Sales
7. "If your best friend was here what advice would he give you?" –Central Clearing Counterparty, American Express
8. "Describe your biggest weakness. Then describe another." – Forward Deployed Software Engineer, Palantir Technologies
9. "How do you cope with repetition?" – Product Specialist, Tesla Motors
10. "How would you describe cloud computing to a seven-year old?" – Graduate Scheme, Microsoft
11. "There are three people, each with different salaries, and they want to find the average of them without telling any of the other two their salary. How do they do it?" – Technical Delivery Graduate, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
12. "Who is your hero, and why?" – Product Quality Employee, GE
13. "What's your the biggest regret managing people so far?" – Area Director, Regus
14. "What would you ask the CEO if you met him one day?" – Performance Analyst, British Airways
15. "You have 50 red and 50 blue objects. Split these however you like between two containers to give the minimum/maximum probability of drawing one of the colours." – Operations Analyst, Clearwater Analytics
16. "What does social justice mean to you?" – Content Marketing Manager, ThoughtWorks
17. "What is your coping mechanism when you have a bad day?" – Consultant, Switch Consulting
18. "Are you a nice guy?" – Product Manager, Badoo
19. "Provide an estimate for the number of goals in the premier league." – Management Accountant, VAX
20. "Tell me about your childhood." – Learning and Development Employee, Next
Originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk