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10 Strange Job Interview Questions Big Tech Companies Ask

Tech companies are notorious for asking bizarre interview questions. Here are 10 such head-scratchers that candidates were asked during job interviews at Google, Apple, Microsoft, and other major tech firms.
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moarsauce123
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7/19/2016 | 5:41:59 AM
And what do these question tell us about the candidates?
Absolutely nothing! Maybe in a few cases that they can remember the logic puzzlers from childhood.
mkmalensek
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7/19/2016 | 9:07:03 AM
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I'd be really interested in what these companies think are good answers to these questions.

 
Ron_Hodges
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7/19/2016 | 9:10:58 AM
Microsoft question not bad
Actually I rather like the Microsoft question.  It would in all likelihood give an insight into (1) how the person thinks about themselves, and whether that view is justified; and (2) how well they can present ideas in an authentic and compelling way. The others, I agree, are just brain teasers.  I myself get frustrated by many of the questions because I want to explore the constraints and assumptions implicit in the question.  ;-)
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7/19/2016 | 11:05:00 AM
Re: Answers
for the last one. 4:4, 2:2 then 1:1 :)
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7/19/2016 | 11:11:22 AM
Re: And what do these question tell us about the candidates?
I think you're wrong.  THese questions all tell the interviewer how well the candiadate can think outside the box.  No matter what our role is, we face new situations on occasion.  How we respond to new situations is a key element in how well we can perform overall.  It's not the ability to find the correct answer.  It's the ability to describe your approach to solving a problem.
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7/19/2016 | 1:32:42 PM
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I'm guessing listing Vanilla Ice and Two Live Crew in your top 5 bands doesn't get you hired very often. :-)

Now, listing Rage Against the Machine, that would tell you a lot about the company....
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7/19/2016 | 4:56:24 PM
The worst question
The one to watch out for is "You're not a cop, are you?"
Susan Fourtané
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7/21/2016 | 6:42:59 AM
Re: Microsoft question not bad
Ron, 

Yes, I like the Microsoft question, too. It can be difficult for some people to describe their personality, or talk about themselves. The tricky indirect questions or statements not always work well. With this question, you can see some presentation skills, imagination, creativity, and how you think of yourself, or how you see yourself. 

It's evident some are problem-solving questions. Some others, look into some other aspects of knowledge or rational/creative thinking.

In the Apple question, I choose to put the milk first. What's the right answer for Apple? 

-Susan

 
GaryB790
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7/22/2016 | 11:54:24 AM
Questions not Strange at all to me
What I got out of each of these was either a test of logic, communication skill or personality.  This is how I percevied the questions IMHO;

Google - Communication

Apple - Thermodynamics and logic

Facebook - logic (all break)

Expedia - Personality type (get mad, join in, ignore, laugh it off)

Yahoo - Logic test

Microsoft - communication and personality

Samsung - logic test - how to retrieve information

HP - the music that you listen to describes your personality: laid back, independent, high energy.....

Oracle - do you understand the concept of PGP?

Intel - logic test ( BTW: binomial search: 4,2,1 pennies per scale)

So I see all of the questions as valid but directly or indirectly asking you to solve a problem to indicate what you think you capabilites are to to describe yourself in some way. To me they are not weird at all.

 
Susan Fourtané
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7/24/2016 | 7:57:53 AM
Re: Questions not Strange at all to me
Gary,

Logic, communication skills, and personality are important for many jobs in technology, if not all. However, how accurate can the result be when your future depends on a few problem-solving questions under pressure? Unless the every day life of such job will be under pressure, I am not convinced this can be accurate, or fair. What you do think?

-Susan 
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