Nerdettes weblog

Just another view of/by

Think outside the box (Jobinterview-Questions at Google)

Recently found in the interwebs: 5 questions Google would be asking their potential new hires during a job interview.

1. How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?

2. 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?

3. How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?

4. 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?

5. Describe a chicken using a programming language.

I must say that with these kind of questions you would really get the “ins and outs” of a person. Although the person you question might not know the answer (if it even exists), you will find out about the way he thinks and the way he goes to his goal. Can they improvise? Can they measure things by guessing? Do they even dare guessing, and do they describe the way they find their answers? How confident are they in their assumptions? How do they broadcast their assumptions, if they do?

Unfortunately, Google doesn’t ask you these questions (they’re way more technical than that), but these kind of questions surely will make you think about the “old, standard job interview” and the default questions like “what makes you the right person for the job” and ” Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”

Somehow it relates to a link I got today from a colleague (Thanks, John!):
Dreams are made for …

It shows you what the difference is between the dreams a child has and the dreams an adult has. The last one are nearly sad to see, but true. About money, buying those clothes, that camera or that specific car. But is that really what it’s all about?
A child’s dreams? They’re infinite, out of the box, nothing is impossible. And that’s what makes children so great to see, with what they do, with what they dream, they’ve got their own great world. Keeping that world alive for yourself makes you you. And don’t be afraid to be yourself. It’s what most people that like you prefer about you. It’s what makes you.

If you’re interested; below you’ll find more information about Googles interview procedures. They’re not that extreme, but they are interesting and will keep you thinking afterwards:


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.