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Google admits those infamous brainteasers were completely useless for hiring
Quartz ^ | June 20, 2013 | Adam Pasick

Posted on 06/22/2013 8:31:47 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer

You can stop counting how many golfballs will fit in a schoolbus now.

Google has admitted that the headscratching questions it once used to quiz job applicants (How many piano tuners are there in the entire world? Why are manhole covers round?) were utterly useless as a predictor of who will be a good employee.

“We found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time,” Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, told the New York Times. “They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.”

A list of Google questions compiled by Seattle job coach Lewis Lin, and then read by approximately everyone on the entire Internet in one form or another, included these humdingers:

•How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?

•Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco

•How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?

•A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?

•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?

Bock says Google now relies on more quotidian means of interviewing prospective employees, such as standardizing interviews so that candidates can be assessed consistently, and “behavioral interviewing,” such as asking people to describe a time they solved a difficult problem. It’s also giving much less weight to college grade point averages and SAT scores.

(PS: The answer is 500,000)


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1 posted on 06/22/2013 8:31:47 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

Not quite as momentous as confirmation that the government is indeed copying all our emails, but it’s always nice to check another thing off the “I knew it all along” list.


2 posted on 06/22/2013 8:41:19 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Vince Ferrer
•How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?

$200 Billion — because I hate Seattle.

•Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco

Free — make sure all the exist are destroyed and nuke the site from orbit: population evacuation complete.

•How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?

23 or 24, basically once an hour, it depends on if you're counting 000-2359:59, or 0000-2400.

•A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?

The Federal Reserve inflated money in that time so much it became worthless.

•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?

Use my now proportionally superhuman strength to shatter the blender with a punch — it only said my mass was reduced, not my strength.

3 posted on 06/22/2013 8:41:20 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

4 posted on 06/22/2013 8:44:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Vince Ferrer
manhole cover are round because.... unlike a square, they cannot be dropped through their own hole!!!
5 posted on 06/22/2013 8:46:13 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Dang! I knew that one. I should be working at Apple.


6 posted on 06/22/2013 8:49:16 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Chode
manhole cover are round because.... unlike a square, they cannot be dropped through their own hole!!!

i knew that one but obama's head is round and it fits in a round orifice.

7 posted on 06/22/2013 8:52:57 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government shoud fear us.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

“ They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.”
***Precisely.


8 posted on 06/22/2013 8:53:21 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: DManA
you and me too...
9 posted on 06/22/2013 8:53:40 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: bravo whiskey
100%, but i can't tell if it's cause he likes the smell or the view...
10 posted on 06/22/2013 8:55:11 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Vince Ferrer

How they go about answering the question, not the particular answer they give, can tell you (possibly) a lot about the interviewees as future employees.....


11 posted on 06/22/2013 8:57:17 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: dfwgator


12 posted on 06/22/2013 8:58:24 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Vince Ferrer

DOJ probably said brainteasers were discriminatory.


13 posted on 06/22/2013 8:58:34 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Chode
Manager is interviewing a prospect.

Manager: What is your biggest weakness?

Interviewee: My honesty.

Manager: I don't consider honesty a weakness.

Interviewee: I don't give a crap what you think.

14 posted on 06/22/2013 9:03:50 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Chode

That’s not the answer they’ve looking for, even though it’s truer. The manhole cover is round because the manhole is round.


15 posted on 06/22/2013 9:04:28 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: OneWingedShark
"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?"

You could really measure the "height" of a nickle two ways. When you lay a nickel on a table, its thickness is its height, and would be well below the blades of most blenders I've ever seen. You could simply stand there, light up a smoke and enjoy the breeze.

16 posted on 06/22/2013 9:06:22 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: OneWingedShark
"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?"

You could really measure the "height" of a nickle two ways. When you lay a nickel on a table, its thickness is its height, and would be well below the blades of most blenders I've ever seen. You could simply stand there, light up a smoke and enjoy the breeze.

17 posted on 06/22/2013 9:06:27 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Vince Ferrer; AT7Saluki
(How many piano tuners are there in the entire world? Why are manhole covers round?)

How many tight ends can the Patriots go through in one offseason? (And no, Tebow doesn't count.)

18 posted on 06/22/2013 9:06:32 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: DManA
LOL!!!
19 posted on 06/22/2013 9:08:10 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Cyber Liberty
and the fact that the manhole is round so the cover won't fall through it is lost on them... they didn't want the real answer, they wanted the answer they wanted.
20 posted on 06/22/2013 9:10:32 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

That is a good one. I’ve been waiting about a week for an opportunity to drop it.


21 posted on 06/22/2013 9:13:07 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Chode
manhole cover are round because.... unlike a square, they cannot be dropped through their own hole!!!

There is another...

22 posted on 06/22/2013 9:17:05 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

I believe the story explicitly says that the opposite is true.


23 posted on 06/22/2013 9:17:50 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Kevmo

I had a question like that one time in an interview. Totally inconsistent with the rest of the interview.

I just looked at the guy like he was an idiot. He probably thought I was one as well.

Didn’t get the job and was not really disappointed.


24 posted on 06/22/2013 9:22:11 PM PDT by Delta Dawn
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To: OneWingedShark
•How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?
23 or 24, basically once an hour, it depends on if you're counting 000-2359:59, or 0000-2400.

This is not exactly true. The question doesn't say how many hours it takes your planet to rotate around its axis once. Also it doesn't define the length of the day, as opposed to the length of the night. Those are important details :-)

25 posted on 06/22/2013 9:23:14 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: OneWingedShark
yup...
26 posted on 06/22/2013 9:26:06 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Delta Dawn

I’ve had several of these questions. They’re bowlsheet. The only way to approach them is to view it as a way to appease HR. HR doesn’t know crap about debugging or engineering. They like to pretend they do, but they really don’t, because they can’t.


27 posted on 06/22/2013 9:27:20 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Now lets get rid.of those stupid personality test feel good companies like to use.


28 posted on 06/22/2013 9:34:51 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

Bull and crap.


29 posted on 06/22/2013 9:35:46 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Riddle me this future employees.


30 posted on 06/22/2013 9:37:28 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Delta Dawn

The first big company I had an interview with was for Procter & Gamble.

One of the first “psych” tests was placing a piece of paper in front of the table and all applicants must make an origami figurine, I kid you not.


31 posted on 06/22/2013 9:49:26 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Vince Ferrer

It was, I heard, ostensibly to find out how the person might approach getting the answer to such a random question, and little interested in an actual answer.


32 posted on 06/22/2013 10:03:33 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Which overlooks the matter of why don’t the covers overlap the manholes... someone who thought outside the box would, you’d think, be prized by such a brainy firm.


33 posted on 06/22/2013 10:05:07 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Kevmo

They’ve bought a lot of hooey from modernist experts.


34 posted on 06/22/2013 10:06:23 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Vince Ferrer
“We found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time,” Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, told the New York Times. “They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.”

A 4th grader could have told them that. I wonder how much Google paid to have some "research" company tell them that?

IDIOTS!! This is just another reason I refuse to use Google for anything.

35 posted on 06/22/2013 10:28:31 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: Greysard
The question doesn't say how many hours it takes your planet to rotate around its axis once. Also it doesn't define the length of the day, as opposed to the length of the night. Those are important details :-)

It also doesn't take into consideration the second hand. Since the question is unclear as to which hands are included, there cannot be a correct answer.

36 posted on 06/22/2013 10:34:40 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Which overlooks the matter of why don’t the covers overlap the manholes... someone who thought outside the box would, you’d think, be prized by such a brainy firm.

Which is exactly the opposite of what most high-tech firms prize. Individualists who detour from the "groupthink" tend to be among the first out the door.

37 posted on 06/22/2013 10:37:35 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: Vince Ferrer
(PS: The answer is 500,000).

Not if you ride the short bus.

38 posted on 06/22/2013 10:49:28 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: DManA

LOL!


39 posted on 06/22/2013 10:53:48 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: OneWingedShark

Thanks. Learned something new. /no sarc


40 posted on 06/22/2013 11:24:29 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Greysard; OneWingedShark
•How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?

I'd say that the hands overlap at all times at the center of the clock.

41 posted on 06/22/2013 11:32:48 PM PDT by PuzzledInTX (Everything will be OK in the end. If it is not OK, then it isn't the end.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Vince Ferrer.
They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.
No, the absurdities serve primarily as a method to winnow out people who can't be herded along into "consensus".


42 posted on 06/23/2013 3:54:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: DustyMoment

Once they begin to worship their brains and stop using them to seek objective truths, this kind of thing happens. It’s snobbery of course.


43 posted on 06/23/2013 5:48:26 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Or who weren’t “lucky” enough to be in the “correct” thought stream before they came.

I interviewed last year with another brainiac firm. I ended up not getting hired. A bummer then, as I badly needed a job, but I am now working for a humbler firm that pays more and it was clearly orchestrated by the good Lord.


44 posted on 06/23/2013 5:51:53 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Vince Ferrer
I was asked to come up with some Google questions. I did. This is what I submitted:

  1. Would Laz hit it? How often and why?
  2. How many hits would a Laz-hit hit, if a Laz-hit could hit it?
  3. Translate this Latin phrase: "Veni, Vidi, Hit-ci."
  4. Please relate the propensity of Laz to hit it as a function of SexyBack, Lackanooky Factor, and the NaughtyTeacher Series?
  5. You are a cute female. You have only a spool of thread, a pair of rubber gloves, a quart of apple juice, three monkeys, one Sterilite 5 gallon tub full of grape jam, a trampoline, and a midget. You see Laz approaching. What do you do?

45 posted on 06/23/2013 5:59:40 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: max americana

Is a paper airplane considered “origame”? Could make one and throw it at them.


46 posted on 06/23/2013 6:10:14 AM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: Vince Ferrer

I went through a few of these tests.
On one test I remember I was given two pictures, one directly below the other. I was told to list all the differences between the two pictures. The pictures were quite complex with lots of buildings and objects to look at.

I answered after looking at the pictures closely but briefly that there were no differences. NONE, I answered.

Later the interviewer said that I was the only one who answered correctly. She said that if not stopped some interviewees would have spent days trying to find differences that didn’t exist.


47 posted on 06/23/2013 6:21:00 AM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: DManA

LOL. Funny.


48 posted on 06/23/2013 6:59:05 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (The Stupid Party, they've earned it.)
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To: Greysard

The answer is zero. I used a digital clock.


49 posted on 06/23/2013 7:01:00 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (The Stupid Party, they've earned it.)
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To: Vince Ferrer
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?

I'd use my super powers and jump out of the blender.

50 posted on 06/23/2013 7:19:47 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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