[lit-ideas] Re: Google Job Interview Questions

  • From: "Andreas Ramos" <andreas@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2007 23:57:39 -0700

To ask these sort of questions in a job interview is downright idiotic.

The purpose of an interview is to find out if the candidate is appropriate for the company and the job. That she has been invited to the interview already shows she is capable of doing the job: that was the point of reviewing the resume to see if she was qualified. In the personal interview, the manager talks with the candidate to assess the candidate's enthusiasm, motivation, and fit for the company.

If a manager asks trick questions, the manager is a moron. It shows that he has no idea how to interview. Upon being asked any of the questions below, the candidate should stand up, say "thank you", and leave.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Julie Krueger" <juliereneb@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2007 8:27 PM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Google Job Interview Questions

Crazy Questions at Google Job Interview

Published by tihomir on September 4, 2007 04:21 am under

A friend of mine had an interview a couple weeks ago with *Google Inc*. He
provided me a list of just some of the questions he was asked. I've added a
few more from others I have talked to who had interviews with the internet
giant, Google, as well. See if you can answer them. Many are open ended with
several right answers, therefore I did not provide the answers.

*1. *How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?

*2.* You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is
proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then
thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60
seconds. What do you do?

*3.* How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?

*4.* How would you find out if a machine's stack grows up or down in memory?

*5.* Explain a database in three sentences to your eight-year-old nephew.

*6.* How many times a day does a clock's hands overlap?

*7.* You have to get from point A to point B. You don't know if you can get
there. What would you do?

*8.* Imagine you have a closet full of shirts. It's very hard to find a
shirt. So what can you do to organize your shirts for easy retrieval?

*9.* Every man in a village of 100 married couples has cheated on his wife. Every wife in the village instantly knows when a man other than her husband
has cheated, but does not know when her own husband has. The village has a
law that does not allow for adultery. Any wife who can prove that her
husband is unfaithful must kill him that very day. The women of the village
would never disobey this law. One day, the queen of the village visits and
announces that at least one husband has been unfaithful. What happens?

*10.* In a country in which people only want boys, every family continues to have children until they have a boy. if they have a girl, they have another
child. if they have a boy, they stop. what is the proportion of boys to
girls in the country?

*11.* If the probability of observing a car in 30 minutes on a highway is
0.95, what is the probability of observing a car in 10 minutes (assuming
constant default probability)?

*12.* If you look at a clock and the time is 3:15, what is the angle between
the hour and the minute hands? (The answer to this is not zero!)

*13.* Four people need to cross a rickety rope bridge to get back to their
camp at night. Unfortunately, they only have one flashlight and it only has
enough light left for seventeen minutes. The bridge is too dangerous to
cross without a flashlight, and it's only strong enough to support two
people at any given time. Each of the campers walks at a different speed.
One can cross the bridge in 1 minute, another in 2 minutes, the third in 5
minutes, and the slow poke takes 10 minutes to cross. How do the campers
make it across in 17 minutes?

*14.* You are at a party with a friend and 10 people are present including
you and the friend. your friend makes you a wager that for every person you
find that has the same birthday as you, you get $1; for every person he
finds that does not have the same birthday as you, he gets $2. would you
accept the wager?

*15.* How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?

*16.* You have eight balls all of the same size. 7 of them weigh the same,
and one of them weighs slightly more. How can you find the ball that is
heavier by using a balance and only two weighings?

*17.* You have five pirates, ranked from 5 to 1 in descending order. The top
pirate has the right to propose how 100 gold coins should be divided among
them. But the others get to vote on his plan, and if fewer than half agree
with him, he gets killed. How should he allocate the gold in order to
maximize his share but live to enjoy it? (Hint: One pirate ends up with 98
percent of the gold.)

Do you still think you have what it takes to work for Google?

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