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Are You Feeling Smart?

1 Comment 09 May 2012

When’s the last time you interviewed for a job? It’s been many years for me and after reading a recent article in the Guardian about the interviewing approach at Google and other tech companies I’m quite relieved because I suspect there would be no job at the end of it for me.

They tend to favour the older tradition of using logic puzzles to test job candidates. So how smart are you feeling?

Here are five questions for you:

  1. The interviewer writes six numbers on the room’s whiteboard: 10, 9, 60, 90, 70, 66. The question is, what number comes next in the series?
  2. You and your next-door neighbour are holding car-boot sales on the same day at the same place. Both of you plan to sell the same item. You plan to put your item on sale for £100. The neighbour is going to put his on sale for £40. The items are in identical condition. What do you do, assuming that you’re not on especially friendly terms with this neighbour?
  3. Some applicants are given a test in which they have to count the number of times a given letter appears, upper case or lower case, in a paragraph. It’s a lot harder than it looks. (Don’t believe it? Count the hs in this paragraph. There are quite a few and hardly anyone gets all of them.
  4. You’re locked in a pitch-black, empty room with bare walls and no electric lights. You’ve got a book of matches, a box of tacks and a candle. How would you attach the candle to the wall for a light?
  5. Why are manhole covers round?

If it’s any consolation I got one right and it wasn’t 3! Answers tomorrow.

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