I once worked for a company that routinely asked interviewees how they would measure the height of a local building if given only a pencil, a piece of paper, a barometer, and a length of rope. Fortunately, I wasn’t subjected to this question — but an editor is rarely asked to do much math.
Weird interview questions seem to be a growing trend right now, but this isn’t like the SATs; many of the toughest interview questions don’t necessarily have right and wrong answers. What an interviewer is really trying to do is put candidates in the hot seat to find out kind of people they are, how they behave under pressure, and how they make decisions. Read more about it in my new post at WiseBread.com: http://bit.ly/GVlpTQ