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Odd technology job interview questions revealed
BBC ^ | 12/28/11

Posted on 12/29/2011 6:16:52 AM PST by LibWhacker

"If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?"

That was the head-scratcher asked during a job interview for a product marketing post at Hewlett-Packard.

Technology firms featured heavily in this year's list of the 25 most oddball questions compiled by the US employment website Glassdoor.

Careers experts said the questions were intended to make a candidate display a thoughtful approach to problem-solving.

As well as HP's brain-acher, interviewees at other companies were asked:

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: interview; job; jobinterview; questions; technology

1 posted on 12/29/2011 6:16:57 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

“How would you cure world hunger?” (Amazon)

I’m guessing that “Kill all the hungry people.” would not be considered an acceptable answer.


2 posted on 12/29/2011 6:23:44 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: LibWhacker

“You have a bouquet of flowers. All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips. How many flowers do you have?” (asked at Epic Systems).


3 posted on 12/29/2011 6:24:37 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: harpu

3


4 posted on 12/29/2011 6:25:58 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: harpu

One of my favorites, too.


5 posted on 12/29/2011 6:26:27 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: harpu

That would be 3.


6 posted on 12/29/2011 6:27:28 AM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: LibWhacker

“If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?”


Let’s see....Do ethnic Germans make up 50% of the NBA?


7 posted on 12/29/2011 6:32:49 AM PST by rbg81
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To: LibWhacker

Tech job? I Figured it would be “Have you ever touched a boob without having to pay first?”


8 posted on 12/29/2011 6:38:31 AM PST by Senator Pardek ( It might be hard for some of the younger Freepers to believe, but in 1982)
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To: LibWhacker

Name at least 5 reasons why manhole covers are round. (Advanced Micro Devices - AMD).


9 posted on 12/29/2011 6:39:57 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: LibWhacker

Hmmmmmm.....

and why do I not work for anyone....????

“How many people are using Facebook in San Francisco at 2.30pm on a Friday?” (Google)

It is directly proportionale to the lame number of unproductive persons in their respective time zones?....anywhere in the world....sorry, what was the x, y=z question?

“How do you feel about those jokers at Congress?” (Consolidated Electrical)
They are clowns and they need at least one more car.

“If you were a Microsoft Office program, which one would you be?” (Summit Racing Equipment)
Excel...You are kidding? Right?

“You’re in a row boat, which is in a large tank filled with water. You have an anchor on board, which you throw overboard (the chain is long enough so the anchor rests completely on the bottom of the tank). Does the water level in the tank rise or fall?” (Tesla Motors)
Displacemnt, blah, blah, blah...

“Please spell ‘diverticulitis’” (EMSI Engineering)
Uhm...D I V E R T I C U L I T I S .

“How would you cure world hunger?” (Amazon)
I would educate the masses on geo-engineering, give everyone a spade and make them partners in social agriculture for the masses.. No, wait. I’d follow William Bradford’s model: Produce or starve.
“Would Mahatma Gandhi have made a good software engineer?” No, he wuz full of Shiite(Deloitte)
“Given 20 ‘destructible’ light bulbs (which break at a certain height), and a building with 100 floors, how do you determine the height that the light bulbs break?” drop 10 from each floor and determine...Do I really need to finish this dumb question by floor which obviously after a certain point delivers a predictable number, no matter the height beyond a known average of reliable broken bulbs and at what point is that number just plain stoopid to continue calculating?(Qualcomm)

“You have a bouquet of flowers. All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips. How many flowers do you have?” (Epic Systems).
12

I’m desperate, What did you want me to say?


10 posted on 12/29/2011 6:40:44 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: LibWhacker

Name at least 5 reasons why manhole covers are round. (Advanced Micro Devices - AMD).


11 posted on 12/29/2011 6:42:17 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: thackney
Impossible situation.

Because the plural of each flower is given. “Roses” implies 2 or more, “Daisies” implies 2 or more, etc. Otherwise, you would say Rose, Daisy or Tulip.

Thus, it's impossible to fulfill the list.

12 posted on 12/29/2011 6:46:12 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Hodar

Didn’t see that question but I’ll take a whack at it:

so the manhole cover doesn’t fall into its smaller hole.

makes it easier to push the manhole cover aside by rolling.

a round manhole cover, having no lateral edges, has less opportunity or ability to flip when undue weight is placed on the edge as opposed to “an edge”.

round is not necessarily as racist as square.

Captain America can immediately field a round manhole cover as a weapon if he lose his shield?

No matter how you place a round manhole cover over a hole, it will always reseat easily. not so with a square manhole cover which needs to seat exactly an turned so it fits in the square hole it cover, requiring more work than a round manhole cover and wasting man hours to complete a job.

This question is now stoopid....


13 posted on 12/29/2011 6:50:29 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: harpu
“You have a bouquet of flowers. All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips. How many flowers do you have?” (asked at Epic Systems).

I have two violets. All but two are roses/daisies/tulips.

Alternately, I have three flowers, one of each.

As with most business questions, there are multiple right answers. I'm there as a statistician, so the question is - How many do you want me to have? [Note: I'm an honest mathematician and don't play with the results, but that answer would get a laugh.]

14 posted on 12/29/2011 6:54:10 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Hodar
Answer to all:

"This is a trick question, right?"

15 posted on 12/29/2011 6:59:48 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: harpu
"You have a bouquet of flowers"

*No respectable flower shop would call three flowers a bouquet...Next question please.

16 posted on 12/29/2011 7:00:04 AM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: Hodar

Freeper Polster1 posted a different take.

I have two violets. All but two are roses/daisies/tulips.


17 posted on 12/29/2011 7:03:17 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: LibWhacker

"Goooood niiight ding ding ding ding....Gooood night ding ding ding ding...."

18 posted on 12/29/2011 7:14:05 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Vendome

Not really stupid.
1) Mancovers are heavy, easy to roll
2) They stack easily
3) Cannot fall into hole
4) Round is easy to manufacture
5) Humans are far more ‘round’ than rectangular - we fit into holes easily
6) Cannot wedge into place
7) Traffic causes them to rotate in place, thus preventing corrosion from rusting them into place
8) Easy to pry out of hole, via single hole
9) Easy to fit into hole, as they are self-centering
10) Because thermal expansion is radial - they will not cause ‘cracks’ at corners; this makes it safer as the round mounting ring is large enough to allow the round manhole cover to ride ‘up’ a few millimeters, instead of expanding and cracking concreteas would happen in another geometric shape.

Plus, those which you listed. They were looking for technical analysis; I thought this was a good tool for checking critical thinking.


19 posted on 12/29/2011 7:15:55 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: LibWhacker

“If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?”

Easy. Show footage of all the great German basketball stars.


20 posted on 12/29/2011 7:21:55 AM PST by Slambat (The right to keep and bear arms. Anything one man can carry, drive or pull.)
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To: Slambat
Show footage of all the great German basketball stars.

Dirk Nowitzki and Detlef Shrempf?

21 posted on 12/29/2011 7:23:53 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Slambat
I know a little German, he's sitting over there...


22 posted on 12/29/2011 7:27:32 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Hodar
Name at least 5 reasons why manhole covers are round. (Advanced Micro Devices - AMD).

Because the manholes, themselves, are round and any other shape for the covers would be silly.

No more reasons are needed.

23 posted on 12/29/2011 7:28:36 AM PST by Washi (Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, one head-shot at a time.)
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To: Washi
I would hire this guy right away


24 posted on 12/29/2011 7:30:00 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: harpu

None. The hungry people stole the flowers and ate them.


25 posted on 12/29/2011 7:33:32 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: Pollster1

a=b=1
aa=ab
aa-bb=ab-ab
(a+b)(a-b)=b(a-b)
a+b=b
2=1


26 posted on 12/29/2011 7:45:07 AM PST by patton ("Je pense donc je suis," - My Horse.)
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To: LibWhacker

bookmark


27 posted on 12/29/2011 7:51:07 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao << >> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona)
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To: Hodar

’ Name at least 5 reasons why manhole covers are round.’

1. Can’t fall thru its circular opening.
2. Rotational position doesn’t matter when installing.
3. Can be rolled to transport.
4. Ease of manufacturing, perfect circle after being on a lathe.
5. Greater dispertion of force loading on the edges.
6. Round manholes are the strongest and most material-efficient shape against the compression of the earth around them.
7. A round cover is cheapest to make because it requires the least amount
of metal to produce the largest area (opening).

I’ll stop explaining why but there are more reasons.


28 posted on 12/29/2011 7:51:48 AM PST by Djester62
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To: Washi

You’re the guy I’d hire!


29 posted on 12/29/2011 8:01:54 AM PST by bigbob
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To: thackney

It can’t be solved. The correct answer is something like, “I want to say three, as that would mean all but two flowers are a rose, all but two are a daisy, and all but two are a tulip. However, you note that I had to revert to using the singular in each instance. There is no bouquet of any size where all but two can be roses plural etc.”

That’s the whole point to the vast majority of this type of interview question. There is no solution, and they’re looking to see if you can articulate why.


30 posted on 12/29/2011 8:03:12 AM PST by Melas (u)
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To: Djester62

Manhole covers are cast, not machined.


31 posted on 12/29/2011 8:10:38 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Hodar

1. So they can’t fall in the hole if you tilt them the wrong way.

2. So you can roll them along the ground and move them more easily.

3. So the thermal expansion and contraction is more uniform and causes less stress on the cover.

4. A circular manhole cover requires less metal than a square manhole cover of the same diameter, so it’s cheaper.

5. No sharp corners to cause wear and tear or punctures to vehicle tires.


32 posted on 12/29/2011 8:18:51 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: Vendome

Uhhh, because manholes are round?


33 posted on 12/29/2011 8:33:25 AM PST by eCSMaster (Democrats:always looking for someone else to blame)
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To: SeaHawkFan

Many manhole covers appear to be machined, after they are cast.


34 posted on 12/29/2011 8:36:27 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Hodar

Impossible yes.

We know there are 2 daisies, 2, roses and 2 tulips.

What we do not know is what other flowers and how many of each are also in the bouquet.


35 posted on 12/29/2011 8:45:07 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Control the media, you control its citizens.)
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To: Paladin2

They are cast and no machining is done to them. Absolutely no reason to do it. What kind of tolerances so you think they need to meet?


36 posted on 12/29/2011 8:50:51 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: dfwgator

“Dirk Nowitzki and Detlef Shrempf?”

Dolph Schays?


37 posted on 12/29/2011 8:51:42 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Control the media, you control its citizens.)
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To: thackney

“How would you cure world hunger?” (Amazon)

I’m guessing that “Kill all the hungry people.” would not be considered an acceptable answer.

___________________________

I would have said, “I would cure world hunger with food. BOOM! Problem solved. When do I start?”


38 posted on 12/29/2011 9:06:23 AM PST by youngidiot (Hear Hear!)
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To: LibWhacker

With the Germans, I was going to say you could measure their beds, but that would show how long they are, not how tall they are.


39 posted on 12/29/2011 10:00:06 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Boogieman

....and so that people that steal them can roll them right up in the truck bed..?? :)


40 posted on 12/29/2011 10:10:35 AM PST by IamConservative ("The ability to speak eloquently is not to be confused with having something to say." - MP Hart)
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To: LibWhacker
Aptitude tests are illegal for employment screening:

Griggs v. Duke Power Co.

41 posted on 12/29/2011 10:11:09 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: LibWhacker

I interviewed for an Electronics Technician job back in 1998 at Tracor, which is now part of BAE Systems.

I was instructed by the interviewer, to “draw a radio.”

I drew a block diagram from memory of a UHF transceiver that I had worked on extensively during my first enlistment in the Navy (I’m retired Navy).

He recognized the diagram because he had also repaired those radios. He told me that one guy actually drew a picture of a radio.

I got the job........


42 posted on 12/29/2011 10:15:28 AM PST by fredhead (Vegetarian - Old Indian word for poor hunter.)
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To: LibWhacker

“If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?”

“This is a marketing job I’m applying for, right?”

“Yes.”

“I’d put an IQ test in their bathrooms.”

“What would that prove?”

“Nothing about their height, but we could see if their waste was capable of working at Hewlett Packard because you evidently hire stupid s&%$s here.”


43 posted on 12/29/2011 10:17:48 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Djester62

Hadn’t thought of weight distribution or least amount of material.

Nice going ...

This is my favorite of all the interview questions I’ve been asked, as it caused me to sit back and think.


44 posted on 12/29/2011 10:36:26 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: LibWhacker

Interview questions


45 posted on 12/29/2011 10:38:50 AM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: patton

That is my favorite example of a classic Algebra mistake. I love that one.

Also love the Bob Barker (?) quiz game where there are 3 curtains (A, B and C) and 1 car hidden behind one of the 3 curtains. You chose curtain “A”, the host opens a curtain”B” and exposes a ‘wheelbarrow’; leaving you with your origional curtain “A”, and an unknown curtain “C”. The host then offers you a chance to change your mind from Curtain A, to Curtain C).

Are your odds of winning the car better, worse or the same if you change your mind? If you do the math, if you don’t change your mind - you have a 33% chance of winning; if you consistently change your mind you have a 66% chance of winning the car.


46 posted on 12/29/2011 10:51:08 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: LibWhacker
"If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?" That was the head-scratcher asked during a job interview for a product marketing post at Hewlett-Packard.

"Why did you spend all that money developing the TouchPad, only to promptly discontinue it?"

47 posted on 12/29/2011 11:16:01 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Hodar

True...and that drives me absolutely bonkers.

as does this:

http://tinyurl.com/makes-me-crazy


48 posted on 12/29/2011 1:35:11 PM PST by spankalib (The Marx-in-the-Parks crowd is a basement skunkworks operation of the AFL-CIO)
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