Internet and technology giant Google has been known for their innovations and outlandish workplaces but little do we know that their craziness trickles down even to their job interviews. Google banned these interview questions recently, admitting that they can be a complete waste of time. They finally decided to go the conventional route of asking behavioural questions to gauge the applicant’s capacity.
Let’s have one last look at the weird, wacky and outright crazy questions Google used to ask their applicants:
- Four people need to cross a rickety rope bridge to get back to their camp at night. Unfortunately, they only have one flashlight and it only has enough light left for 17 minutes. The bridge is too dangerous to cross without a flashlight, and it’s only strong enough to support two people at any given time. Each of the campers walks at a different speed. One can cross the bridge in one minute, another two in two minutes, the third in five minutes and the slow-poke takes 10 minutes to cross. How do the campers make it across in 17 minutes?
- How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?
- How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?
- A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?
- Explain the significance of “dead beef”.
- Imagine you have a closet full of shirts. It’s very hard to find a shirt. So what can you do to organise your shirts for easy retrieval?
- Every man in a village of 100 married couples has cheated on his wife. 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?
- 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 two eggs and get access to a 100-story building. Eggs can be very hard or very fragile, which means they may break if dropped from the first floor or may not even break if dropped from 100th floor. Both eggs are identical. You need to figure out the highest floor of a 100-story building an egg can be dropped without breaking. The question is how many drops you need to make. You are allowed to break two eggs in the process.
- You have to get from point A to point B. You don’t know if you can get there. What would you do?
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