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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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Front End Developer: Write how you would code a web page using a whiteboard and explain what you are doing over a video phone.
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Front End Developer: Write how you would code a web page using a whiteboard and explain what you are doing over a video phone.

(Image: Serg3d/iStockphoto)

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RBFOWLER
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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.
LahiruK350
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7/19/2016 | 11:05:00 AM
Re: Answers
for the last one. 4:4, 2:2 then 1:1 :)
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 | 9:07:03 AM
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I'd be really interested in what these companies think are good answers to these questions.

 
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.
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