These are some of the weirdest questions people like Jeff Bezos, Space X, or Google’s hiring teams ask in job interviews
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Jeff Bezos was asking about windows
In the process of interviewing Ann Hyatt, a Silicon Valley veteran with 12 years of experience at Google who serves as an executive business partner for former Amazon and Yahoo executives, who now has her own consulting firm.
In 2002, he gave an interview to Jeff Bezos in which he was asked only two questions. The first was:
– I will do the calculations. I want you to count the number of windows in Seattle.
Question from SpaceX, Elon Musk’s company
When a hot dog is stretched, in what direction does it split and why?
This question was asked for the SpaceX Structural Analyst job, which is currently being filled.
Google Questions that were banned in 2009
In 2009, Lois Lane of the human resources department in the Seattle office listed 140 questions Google asked potential employees. Some of his questions were so bizarre that the company itself eventually banned them.
How much should you charge to clean all windows in Seattle?
Why are manhole covers round?
– How many piano tuners are there in the world?
How many times a day does the clock overlap?
How many vacuum cleaners are manufactured annually in the United States?
Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco.
– If someone dials a series of numbers on the phone, what are the possible words that can be formed from the letters associated with these numbers?
Explain a database in 3 sentences to your 8-year-old nephew.
IBM’s Smartest Questions
How do you weigh an elephant if you don’t have a scale on hand?
There are 3 boxes on the table. One contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains oranges and apples mixed together. The boxes are incorrectly categorized. None of the labels specify what’s inside the boxes. But you must open one of them and take a fruit. How do you, just by looking at the fruit, name the boxes well?
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The colleagues from AutoBild also collected some of the strangest questions heard in major tech interviews and considered that IBM cannot be left off the list.
Elephant’s question was for a software engineer job vacancy, and in the second they were looking for a quality control engineer, they commented that the applicant never knew what he was expected to answer.
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