Skip to comments.17 Former Google Interview Questions So Ridiculous The Company Banned Them
Posted on 07/08/2014 12:42:16 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Sometimes the hiring practices of even the biggest and most successful companies can be outright ridiculous. There can be bizarre interview questions that seemingly have no answers. There can be standards like not hiring anyone who attended a college outside of the Ivy League that will knock candidates out of the race before they even approach the starting line.
Google used to be the shining example of these practices. It had high standards and asked silly questions.
The questions were so nuts that they were eventually banned from being asked. That's right, banned.
In 2009, Seattle job coach Lewis Lin put together a list of 140 questions his clients were asked by Google. We've picked out some of the wildest and added a link to the whole list at the end.
Future Google employees should be grateful these questions are no longer on the table.
1. How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?
2. Why are manhole covers round?
3. You need to check that your friend Bob has your correct phone number, but you cannot ask him directly ...
You must write the question on a card and give it to Eve who will take the card to Bob and return the answer to you. What must you write on the card, besides the question, to ensure that Bob can encode the message so that Eve cannot read your phone number?
4. How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?
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Q: 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?
A: Hilarity Ensues. (I love it when hilarity ensues)
For question number 1. 6 dollars a window only from the outside. Anything over 2 stories the rate goes up by 2 dollars per window per floor.
I have 52,000 people who just arrived who can do the work. They will be the Monday.
I was always told to have at least one clean joke handy in case the interviewer goes off script and asks to tell him a joke.
I had an interview with a hosting company in San Antonio that shall remain nameless. I was on my last interview over the two day interviewing process (met with 15 people) and the interviewer decided to get cute. So he asks me, “if you found a giraffe in your back yard, how would you remove him?”
Having heard this before, without missing a beat I said, “is it alive or dead? Because if it is dead I would have to borrow my next door neighbors chain saw.”
That's not a stupid question. It's uses the standard names cryptography problems. I don't remember all of them, but Alice and Bob are the people communicating. Eve is an eavesdropper.
1. There isn’t enough money.
2. To keep the covers from falling down into the hole.
3. The note says: Bob, call me, BoT.
4. Who cares?
5. All the wome become widows.
6. He hocked his out of gas car for cash and lost it gambling.
7. Second had included or not?
9. Everybody leave. Before the zombies get here.
10. As opposed to living flesh still on the cow?
11. There is no practical limit.
12. Pinch myself to wake up.
13. A lot.
14. No, it would be a fools bet
15. A bunch of lists of stuff and the categories associated with them. A database could be s small as a list of all the kids in his school class and the video games they own. It could be as large as all the people in the US and their names, address, phone numbers, ages, their children, the types of car they drive, and anything else.
Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco
Those questions seem oblique, but they’re actually intended to gauge how a person thinks, and if they do so flexibly. They’re not ridiculous unless you toss the guy out if he doesn’t know “the answer”. It’s more about observing the process.
Q: Every wife in the village instantly knows when a man...
If only one man is cheating, then every woman in the village knows that fact except for his wife. Since she knows at least one man is cheating and she doesn't know his name therefore the only man it could be is her husband. Stab.
If two husbands are cheating, every wife will know the name of one or two of them. The first night everyone is sure that some other husband will be killed. When none is (because the two cheated on wives already know one and only one name so don't kill their husbands), everyone will realize that not one but at least two husbands cheated. Those wives who only know of one husband who cheated realizes that their own husbands also cheated and kill them. Stab. Stab.
Extended, if X husbands cheat then they will be killed on day X, but not before because the victimized wives know of X-1 cheaters and will allow X-1 days to pass before they realize the number of cheaters exceed their known cheaters list.
The guy was dead serious. He said he asked that question of every candidate for every position.
I did not get the job.....and I'm actually thankful for that.
That's true and it was a Microsoft interview question but in the current version you have to provide a brief proof on why that is the case.
#2—this is the only shape that guarantees they won’t fall into the hole. True stuff.
yes, as I said... Hilarity ensues
How about the candidate who prepares assiduously for a (government, admittedly) job interview, only to be met with the opening remark: “We’re not interested in your qualifications or experience to perform the duties of this position...”
RE: How about the candidate who prepares assiduously for a (government, admittedly) job interview, only to be met with the opening remark: Were not interested in your qualifications or experience to perform the duties of this position...
OK, you got me curious... what WOULD BE of interest to the hiring managers?
Why is the opening chosen to be round?
Because sewer pipes are round so that sewage doesn’t collect in the corners
You can’t use logic when dealing with Dem supporters. Any answer is wrong if you’re on the wrong side.
Place two pictures (exactly alike) having lots of detail in them side by side.
Then ask the applicant to list the differences.
The one who quickly dismissed any differences was considered for the general manager position.
The ones who took some time but then cautiously saying that no differences exist would be department head candidates.
Anyone hesitating to answer and not committing were hired as line staff.
Anyone who quickly found differences weren’t hired.
A few others are still taking the test which began last year.
Presently there are no job openings left but they insist on finding the differences.
I was thinking in that direction as well - but the wives must be able to *prove* that their husbands were unfaithful before the stab-fest commences. They only know about the indiscretions of other men, but can only kill their own husbands upon receiving proof.
What would probably happen is that each woman would write down a separate list of the cheating husbands, which would be handed in to the queen. She'd then collate the names and provide the proof of infidelity to the appropriate women. Stab, stab, stab. All on Day 1.
a very corrupted agency ...
they had to dance around it but frankly it was quie clear....they were mostly interested in assurances (!!!) that the selected candidate would help them make money (in ways not public, except when they got careless, caught of course....)
1. keep your mouth quiet if you discover anything we’re doing
(since the position was close to their “action”)
2. help us if we ask you (since the position was one of several that, by then, they were employing to conduct some of their money=making activities)
3. don’t tell us the law or your thoughts about ethics in government, we’re not interested in those things, either
4. assure us you’ll play our game when we ask you, by our rules, and keep your month shut
a difficult interview for anybody with any morals
From the Reader’s Digest YEARS ago re: college students applying for a job:
What are your strengths?
I am honest, trustworthy, reliable, diligent, faithful, etc.
What are your weaknesses?
Sometimes I am not honest, trustworthy, reliable, diligent, faithful, etc.
What positive change have you noticed in yourself lately?
The sight of blood no longer excites me.
A buddy of mine looking for a job went through these endless questioning routines. When asked why he wanted this job at this company, he snapped and replied “to feed my family in the manner to which they have become accustomed to.” (He didn’t get the job.)
That’s because he enede the sentence with a preposition!
I meant ended. My grandsons jostled my arm as I was typing
They professor asked this question on the first day of my first Intro to Engineering class.
The answer is so they can’t fall into the manhole when your taking them off/on. A square manhole cover could fall in easily because of the diagonal length across the opening of the manhole (hypotenuse)is wider than the width of the sides of the square.
I think you're right about the sewer pipes but wrong about the access port (also circular-section pipes are strongest against compression forces). The manhole cover is round, as several have explained, so the cover can't fall in as a rectangular/square cover could. . Other than that the shape of the vertical access does not have to match the horizontal pipe. Why would it? Below the manhole cover the access is not necessarily cylindrical.
Lots of shapes out there
I guarantee the passage beneath the triangular cover isn't triangular.
In the question about eggs, they never specified chicken eggs. I presumed fly eggs which won’t break no matter what height they’re dropped from. Further, at the height of a nickel (I am stipulating the thickness of a nickel as the height), I could hide below the blades of the blender.
I would ask these questions. Then, if the applicant didn’t walk out after four of them, I’d reject him.
If a human's linear dimensions are reduced by a certain factor (let's say 1/500), the mass of the human, assuming the density doesn't change, would be reduced by an amount equal to the factor cubed; or 1/(500*500*500).
The strength of the muscles would only be reduced by an amount equal to the square of the factor, or 1/(500*500). This means that the shrunken human's ability to leap would be increased by the ratio of the strength to the mass.
Assuming that a full size human can jump to one-third of his height, then the shrunken human would be able to leap 500 times one-third of his height, or about 170 times his height.
Assuming that a nickel is one-tenth of an inch in height, then the shrunken human would be able to leap 170 times the one-tenth inch, or about 17 inches.
My answer to the blender question is that the shrunken human, before the blender is started, simply jumps out of the blender.
The concept above explains why fleas can leap hundreds of times their body size and why dinosaurs were not able to grow to any greater size than what the fossil record indicates.
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