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Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? by William Poundstone
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Feb 11, 2012

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This was a fun look at some of the brain teaser questions that the biggest companies in the world (Google, Microsoft, IBM, JP Morgan, etc.) will ask to challenges interviewees during the hiring process. While a lot of the questions were really engineering-focused (i.e. WAY above my head), it's still cool to get a glimpse of these quirky recruitment processes.

Here's a few examples:

* You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown into a blender. Your mass is reduced so that your density is the same as usual. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?

* Using only a four-minute hourglass and a seven-minute hourglass, measure exactly nine minutes—without the process taking longer than nine minutes.

* A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?

* When there's a wind blowing, does a round-trip by plane take more time, less time, or the same time?

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