Law firm recruiters looking to spice up their fall interviews may be inspired by this list of creative questions purportedly posed by some employers. This compilation by CBSMoneyWatch.com may seem a little wacky, but human-resources experts say questions like these boil down to one test: the employer just wants to see how you think on your feet.
Brown & Brown Insurance: How would you rate your life on a scale of 1 to 10?
Facebook: Five tracks, 25 race horses, no stopwatch. Figure out the top three fastest horses in the fewest number of races.
Capital One: How do you evaluate Subway’s five-foot long sub policy?
Goldman Sachs: Suppose you had eight identical balls. One of them is slightly heavier and you are given a balance scale. What’s the fewest number of times you have to use the scale to find the heavier ball?
Kiewit Corp.: What did you play with as a child?
UBS: Picture a game of Russian roulette, with one bullet left. The chamber is randomly spun, the trigger is pulled but nothing is fired. Would you rather fire again or re-spin the chamber and then fire on your turn?
Gryphon Scientific: How many cocktail umbrellas are there in a given time in the U.S.?
Google: You’re climbing a staircase. Each time you can either take one step or two. The staircase has n steps. In how many distinct ways can you climb the staircase? (This questions must relate to that “algorithm” thing we’ve heard about).
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Would you be OK hearing “no” from seven out of 10 customers?
Susquehanna International Group: Five guys of different ages walk into a bar and take seats at a round table. What is the probability they are seated in ascending order of age?
– Deborah Elkins