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Google strives to hire “the world’s best engineers,“and has crafted an “interminable” interview process dotted with puzzles and brainteasers to do so.That’s according to Peter Norvig Google’s director of research.What Google interview process also involves is a set of  crazy questions and asking those sorts of questions in a job interview is essentially a way of giving a prospective employee a de facto IQ test. Some of the best known google interview questions are given below.

  • Why do you want to join Google?
  • What would you say during an AdWords or AdSense product seminar?
  • Have you ever used Google’s products? Gmail?
  • What’s a creative way of marketing Google’s brand name and product?
  • If you are the product marketing manager for Google’s Gmail product, how do you plan to market it so as to achieve 100 million customers in 6 months?
  • How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?
  • 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?
  • How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?
  • You have to get from point A to point B. You don’t know if you can get there. What would you do?
  • Imagine you have a closet full of shirts. It’s very hard to find a shirt. So what can you do to organize 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?
  • In a country in which people only want boys, every family continues to have children until they have a boy. If they have a girl, they have another child. If they have a boy, they stop. What is the proportion of boys to girls in the country?
  • If the probability of observing a car in 30 minutes on a highway is 0.95, what is the probability of observing a car in 10 minutes (assuming constant default probability)?
  • If you look at a clock and the time is 3:15, what is the angle between the hour and the minute hands? (The answer to this is not zero!)
  • How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?
  • How many resumes does Google receive each year for software engineering?
  • Anywhere in the world, where would you open up a new Google office and how would you figure out compensation for all the employees at this new office?

These questions clearly show that apart from from being able to solve puzzles and create complex algorithms, employers also look in for people with a good sense of humour. This clearly explains why google turned down thousands of application because they couldn’t get the “answer” to the question-’ How to design a perfect toaster’….

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