8 Banned Google Interview Questions

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Google has long been recognized as one of the top tech companies in the world to work for. In 2014, Fortune named Google it’s number one company to work for, marking the website’s fifth year in the number one spot and eighth year on the list overall.
What makes Google such a sought after company to work for? The benefits package offered to Google employees is enough to make anyone drool; in addition to their highly competitive pay, employees are able to take in other perks such as daily free gourmet meals, on site dental and medical clinics, on site laundry facilities, gym memberships, and Wi-Fi enabled shuttle rides to and from work. This list just scratches the tip of the iceberg, however. Google employees are also offered one of the best maternity and paternity leave packages – with up to five months off at full salary for new moms, and two months available for new dads – in addition to a program that allows workers to leave their jobs for up to five years to pursue higher education.
With this list just touching on some of the incredible incentives offered to employees, it’s no wonder that Google has become known for their devilishly hard, if not downright cruel, interview questions. Although brain teasers such as these are now banned, the mere thought of being asked any of these nearly impossible to answer questions is enough to leave any job seeker in a cold sweat.

How Many Golf Balls Can Fit In A School Bus?

Photo From: Business Insider

Photo From: Business Insider

Developed for project managers, this question is designed to see a candidate’s problem solving style when they explain their answer. By listening to a person explain their strategy in coming to an answer, Google is able to see if the candidate merely hastily picked a reasonable number or truly thought through the parameters of the problem.

Four People Need To Cross A Rickety Rope Bridge To Get Back To Their Camp At Night

Photo From: The Jakarta Post

Photo From: The Jakarta Post

Unfortunately, they only have one flashlight and it only has enough light left for seventeen minutes. The bridge is too dangerous to cross without a flashlight, and it’s only strong enough to support two people at any given time. Each of the campers walks at a different speed. One can cross the bridge in 1 minute, another in 2 minutes, the third in 5 minutes, and the slow poke takes 10 minutes to cross. How do the campers make it across in 17 minutes?

How Many Piano Tuners Are There In The Entire World?

Photo From: Piano Workshop

Photo From: Piano Workshop

This classic Fermi problem, the piano tuner question is used to see if a candidate can quickly make justifiable estimates, then multiply these estimates to find a reasonable answer. In this question, this means quickly estimating the number of pianos worldwide, the time needed to tune them, and the average work one person is able to accomplish in one day. By combining these and other estimations, the candidates are hopefully able to arrive at a rational answer.

The 2 Egged Question

Photo From: Thursday Again

Photo From: Thursday Again

You have access to a 100-story building. Eggs can be very hard or very fragile means it may break if dropped from the first floor or may not even break if dropped from 100th floor. Both eggs are identical. You need to figure out the highest floor of a 100-story building an egg can be dropped without breaking. The question is how many drops you need to make. You are allowed to break 2 eggs in the process.

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