Some of the stupid interviewing criteria that my colleagues and me [sic] had to deal with boggles my mind.
Ahh, reminds me of the Angry Aussie and his response to pointless interview questions:
For instance, there was the putz I had to see this week who thought he was being really clever. It seems as though someone gave him the book of Microsoft interview questions and he was eager to show off his new "knowledge". This style of interviewing gives you abstract questions that have no relationship whatsoever to the work you'll be doing. Or to the real world.
Proponents say they're trying to see how creatively you can think. Normal humans say it's a waste of time.