Even though I've semi-retired from IT, I browse crap I get from recruiters in my email just to see if there is something that might strike me as interesting enough to look into. I've 'retired' twice and my ADHD keeps me from sitting on my ass more than a few weeks before I get bored doing nothing.
Anyway, I saw a Systems Analyst/Engineer position that seemed interesting, did the phone interview and they were impressed enough to want an in-person interview and mentioned to the recruiter that I'm so qualified 'they were afraid I'd get bored with the job'. So far so good. Now, a suit was required for the interview, which is unusual in my experience (I live in the South and it's usually too damn hot for a suit, even a light one.), but I need a new suit anyway.
I go to the interview and trampled all over the technical and 'how would you handle blah blah blah' personality/communication skills questions. Then I'm asked to look at the white board behind me. On it was drawn was looked like a game of hangman, and a large square with a + in the middle to break into 4 smaller squares. They asked me that if the lines of the box were matchsticks, how could I move 2 and double the larger square.
The 'hangman' drawing (which wasn't hangman, it was a very badly drawn scale) was 'if you have 8 widgets and one is heavier than others, how would you find the heavy widget in the fewest number of weighings'. Both of these are straight off MENSA tests (at least variants thereof). I've never done anything more than just suck at the matchsticks puzzle, and even though I got the 'heavy widget' one 'correct' I wasn't offered the position. Why? Because they didn't like how I thought my way through the puzzles. (The matchsticks one, I flat out told them that I'm no good at those type puzzles as I don't think the right way to come up with an answer for it.
In neither case were those questions relevant to the position, or my ability to do the job. Being able to answer MENSA puzzle questions doesn't make you qualified to do the job, just that you can answer puzzles from the back of the evening paper. Needless to say, I let the recruiter AND the company doing the hiring a very long (but polite) ass-chewing email after I was not offered the position. Not that I would have taken the job had I been offered it. I wasn't angry about not being offered the job, since I am independently wealthy and work just because I want to and feel I can still contribute to the right organization, most times at lower compensation than others would. I was pissed because shit questions like that are MEANINGLESS as to whether you can do the job.
Of course, you can thank Google for this type of bullshit nonsense. Their interview questions are notorious for silly shit like this and others think its cool to do the same. Actually, they just look ridiculous and will almost always turn down the best candidate because of puzzle questions like that.
I shake my head every time I see crap like that going on.