The 10 weirdest job interview questions asked by tech companies

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There's never been a better time to work in tech.

Computer programmers are raking in all-time high salaries, while tech employees are asking for more money than ever before.

So what does it take to get hired by a tech company?
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Among other things, you'll have to be ready to answer some weird interview questions.

Jobs site Glassdoor just put out its annual ranking of Oddball Interview Questions. Here are the 10 weirdest questions asked by tech companies.

10. Twitter: "Why is the earth round?"

10. Twitter: "Why is the earth round?"

Position: Software engineer

Median salary: $128,157

Employee rating: 4.2/5.0

9. Riot Games: "You have a 1 mile long x 1 mile wide private island that you wish to turn into a resort. A plane requires a 2-mile long runway to take off. What do you do?”

9. Riot Games: "You have a 1 mile long x 1 mile wide private island that you wish to turn into a resort. A plane requires a 2-mile long runway to take off. What do you do?”

Position: QA Analyst

Median salary: $19.63/hour

Employee rating: 4.5/5.0

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8. Zappos: “How many gas stations are there in America?”

8. Zappos: “How many gas stations are there in America?”

Position: Senior Financial Analyst

Median salary: $72,451 (business analyst)

Employee rating: 3.8/5.0

7. TicketNetwork: “If you were a Muppet, which would you be?”

7. TicketNetwork: “If you were a Muppet, which would you be?”

Position: Executive support

Median salary: N/A

Employee rating: 3.7/5.0

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6. CKM Advisors: “Given 25 swimmers and a pool with five lanes, what is the minimum number of heats needed to determine the three fastest swimmers in the group?”

6. CKM Advisors: “Given 25 swimmers and a pool with five lanes, what is the minimum number of heats needed to determine the three fastest swimmers in the group?”

Position: Data scientist

Median salary: N/A

Employee rating: 4.4/5.0

5. Facebook: “How much do you charge to wash every window in Seattle?”

5. Facebook: “How much do you charge to wash every window in Seattle?”

Position: Online sales operations

Median salary: $69,928 (sales)

Employee rating: 4.5/5.0

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4. Redbox: “How many people flew out of Chicago last year?”

4. Redbox: “How many people flew out of Chicago last year?”

Position: Software Engineer II

Median salary: $108,954

Employee rating: 2.9/5.0

3. Dropbox: “If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?”

3. Dropbox: “If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?”

Position: Rotation program

Median salary: $71,372

Employee rating: 4.8/5.0

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2. Squarespace: “What's your favorite 90s jam?”

2. Squarespace: “What's your favorite 90s jam?”

Position: Customer care

Median salary: $18.72/hour

Employee rating: 4.3/5.0

1. Airbnb: “What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?”

1. Airbnb: “What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?”

Position: Trust and Safety Investigator

Median salary: N/A

Employee rating: 4.5/5.0

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