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The VLW Quick 10: Craziest Job Interview Questions

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

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