Crazy interview questions

19 October 2007

As the “war for talent” rages on in the profession, it’s necessary for companies to separate candidates by unique methods.

Why not try some of the questions they ask potential candidates coming to work at Google, as posted in this blog? Examples include:

•    How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?
•    How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?
•    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 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.)

What are the best ways to separate procurement candidates?

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