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From our earliest days on the job market, we are taught to be overly prepared for the dreaded interview process.
After sending a cover letter, resume, or CV to a business, the next step often becomes a source of anxiety that could manifest itself in the form of a one-on-one chat with HR, a simple phone call, or an all-day interview with several people from across the company. The more difficult the job and the more prestigious the business, the more likely it is that the interview be an arduous process in which the employer will try their best to rack our brains and weed out the weak contenders from the strong candidates.
Do you remember your last interview? Was it easier or more difficult than you anticipated? Chances are it wasn’t anywhere near as tricky as the interview process at Google, as popularized by these leaked interview questions.
Can you answer the questions that were so hard Google banned them?
How many golf balls can you fit into a school bus?
If this were the first question, the interview would already be over for me.
While it’s very math heavy, the point of this question is to test an applicant’s problem solving abilities. Namely, you’d have to do some spot-on spatial reasoning to calculate the volume of a standard school bus and then divide it by the volume of a golf ball (2.5 cubic inches), then subtract an estimate of how much space seats etc. take up.
Hope you’re allowed to use a calculator!
How many times a day do a clock’s hands overlap?
Reason #23616 to always wear a watch.
Assuming they’re just asking about the minute and hour hands, the answer would be 22 times per day (11 in the AM and 11 in the PM). You could solve this mathematically or just picture a clock to see that the minute and hour hands overlap twice a day at 12:00, 1:05, 2:11, 3:16, 4:22, 5:27, 6:33, 7:38, 8:44, 9:49, and 10:55.