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steelersfan43
04-20-2007, 06:06 PM
my sisteerr just had a job interview, for a hotel desk job mind you, and she was asked a werid/unanswerable question. It was " you are in seattle, you have a cup of coffee and a ruler, how do you figure out how tall the space needle is?"

Anyone know what your supposed to say to that?

Ps if there are any weird typos in this, my dog ran across the keybord and Im to lazy to see what happend.

snuff
04-20-2007, 06:12 PM
if you are having coffee in Seattle so you are likely in a starbucks that has wifi internet meaning there should be someone that has a computer. Give them the cup of coffee and ask to borrow their computer in which you can google.

DChess
04-20-2007, 06:13 PM
my sisteerr just had a job interview, for a hotel desk job mind you, and she was asked a werid/unanswerable question. It was " you are in seattle, you have a cup of coffee and a ruler, how do you figure out how tall the space needle is?"

Anyone know what your supposed to say to that?

Ps if there are any weird typos in this, my dog ran across the keybord and Im to lazy to see what happend.

well what they want is a prodcutive answer, i do not know the answer to this one, but one that is smilar to this is, you have book and a cell phone, and you have an hour, which one do you pick. the answer to that one is, you spend a half hour on the phone the other half reading.

DChess
04-20-2007, 06:14 PM
if you are having coffee in Seattle so you are likely in a starbucks that has wifi internet meaning there should be someone that has a computer. Give them the cup of coffee and ask to borrow their computer in which you can google.

yeah thats the type of answers they look for

steelersfan43
04-20-2007, 06:15 PM
yeah thats the type of answers they look for


Hmm, interesting. Thanks mucho

ricky bobby
04-20-2007, 06:16 PM
The answer is Cranberry sauce.

snuff
04-20-2007, 06:16 PM
Why would you pick the book? You use the cellphone's internet especially if its a blackberry.

DChess
04-20-2007, 06:18 PM
Why would you pick the book? You use the cellphone's internet especially if its a blackberry.

i think they say you can talk on the phone, and lets pretend its not a blackberry

ricky bobby
04-20-2007, 06:19 PM
The ruler is there to distract you. Just go to the top of the building. Open a window, and spill the hot coffee out the window. Then count how many mississippi's it takes before you hear a scream from somebody who got hot coffee all over themselves. I think all you is a little algebra after that.

soybean
04-20-2007, 06:23 PM
here's one i heard before, ill post the question, then ill post the answer that got the guy the job:

You are driving your nice sports car that only has two seats. It is pouring outisde. You pass by a bus stop and see 3 people waiting for the bus. The three people were: a sick elderly woman, a loyal friend you haven't seen in years, and the woman of your dreams. Who do you give a ride to?

DChess
04-20-2007, 06:24 PM
here's one i heard before, ill post the question, then ill post the answer that got the guy the job:

You are driving your nice sports car that only has two seats. It is pouring outisde. You pass by a bus stop and see 3 people waiting for the bus. The three people were: a sick elderly woman, a loyal friend you haven't seen in years, and the woman of your dreams. Who do you give a ride to?

you give the car to your best friend to take the old lady and walk away with the girl

soybean
04-20-2007, 06:25 PM
you give the car to your best friend to take the old lady and walk away with the girl

i see you heard it before :D i think you're suppose to wait in the rain for the bus with the girl though.

ricky bobby
04-20-2007, 06:25 PM
here's one i heard before, ill post the question, then ill post the answer that got the guy the job:

You are driving your nice sports car that only has two seats. It is pouring outisde. You pass by a bus stop and see 3 people waiting for the bus. The three people were: a sick elderly woman, a loyal friend you haven't seen in years, and the woman of your dreams. Who do you give a ride to?
One in the trunk, one on the roof, one in the car.

TitleTown088
04-20-2007, 06:27 PM
The ruler is there to distract you. Just go to the top of the building. Open a window, and spill the hot coffee out the window. Then count how many mississippi's it takes before you hear a scream from somebody who got hot coffee all over themselves. I think all you is a little algebra after that.


Physics......

TitleTown088
04-20-2007, 06:29 PM
There is a man who walks home from work everyday goes to his apartment building and gets off the elevator at the 13 floor and walks to his apartment on the 26th floor. There is somthing abnormal about this man that forces him to to this? What is it?

soybean
04-20-2007, 06:30 PM
my sisteerr just had a job interview, for a hotel desk job mind you, and she was asked a werid/unanswerable question. It was " you are in seattle, you have a cup of coffee and a ruler, how do you figure out how tall the space needle is?"

Anyone know what your supposed to say to that?

Ps if there are any weird typos in this, my dog ran across the keybord and Im to lazy to see what happend.


what was her answer?

DChess
04-20-2007, 06:30 PM
There is a man who walks home from work everyday goes to his apartment building and gets off at the 13 floor? There is somthing abnormal about this man that forces him to to this? What is it?

he's in a wheelchair

TitleTown088
04-20-2007, 06:32 PM
he's in a wheelchair

I forgot to tell you he WALKS up the stairs from the 13 floor to his apartment on the 26th. sorry.

Caddy
04-20-2007, 06:34 PM
he's in a wheelchair

He is a midget, can't reach any higher buttons in the elevator

steelersfan43
04-20-2007, 06:35 PM
I forgot to tell you he WALKS up the stairs from the 13 floor to his apartment on the 26th. sorry.
hes a midget and he cant hit any buttons higher then 13?

And yea if im right you said it wrong, its on his way to work, the high numbers are on the bottom...

TitleTown088
04-20-2007, 06:35 PM
He is a midget, can't reach any higher buttons in the elevator

Yes sir. one point for you.

soybean
04-20-2007, 06:36 PM
that wasnt really an interview question, more like a riddle.

DChess
04-20-2007, 06:37 PM
that wasnt really an interview question, more like a riddle.

yeah, that was a riddle

soybean
04-20-2007, 06:38 PM
that midget is an idiot, if he did that everyday, i would just carry a stick with me. Whether you're in shape or out of shape, 13 flight of stairs is a lot.

ricky bobby
04-20-2007, 06:39 PM
that midget is an idiot, if he did that everyday, i would just carry a stick with me. Whether you're in shape or out of shape, 13 flight of stairs is a lot.
He should work on his verticle jump.

TitleTown088
04-20-2007, 06:40 PM
Sorry my "riddle" wasn't up to standards with your "interview questions"

DChess
04-20-2007, 06:43 PM
Sorry my "riddle" wasn't up to standards with your "interview questions"

it's "alright"

soybean
04-20-2007, 06:49 PM
the worst is when my friend was getting a job at home depot. the interviewer goes "so... you're a salesman eh? sell me something."

this business frat at ucla my friend was trying to get into had the same question. they made them sell them a pen. My friend pretended it was a magic wand... he didn't get in.

Rob S
05-22-2012, 08:02 PM
I've gotten lots of these....in most cases, it's not at all about getting them right. The interviewer just wants to see how you go about solving a problem. In the past 2 months, I've seen "How many ping pong balls fit in a 747", "How many lightbulbs are there in Australia?", "You have two sand-glass timers, one with 7 minutes worth of sand and another with 4 minutes worth of sand, how do you use both to precisely time 12 minutes?"

soybean
05-22-2012, 08:04 PM
I read a yahoo article about this. This is a question they ask for United Health Group:

Coke or Pepsi?

CJSchneider
05-22-2012, 08:07 PM
Given who is asking the questions, I'd pick neither.

jrdrylie
05-22-2012, 08:12 PM
I was asked to name the different ways to use bricks. After "Use them to build..." if gets a bit difficult.

yo123
05-22-2012, 08:16 PM
How about "throw them in the face of the interviewer for asking such a stupid question?"

Rob S
05-22-2012, 08:21 PM
These type of questions lost their relevance with the interwebz growing so quickly. If you go into a job interview and are surprised by anything, well, you only have yourself to blame because all that info is out there.

Raiderz4Life
05-22-2012, 08:21 PM
I wouda said...to take out a front CV Axle....cuz...that's what I use bricks for lol

WCH
05-22-2012, 08:34 PM
I wouda said...to take out a front CV Axle....cuz...that's what I use bricks for lol

Throw threatening messages through windows, hold doors open, use them as a weapon, hold down lightweight objects...

brat316
05-22-2012, 09:08 PM
cook, turn into powder.

wogitalia
05-22-2012, 09:25 PM
Holy necro thread...

ATLDirtyBirds
05-22-2012, 09:28 PM
"You have two sand-glass timers, one with 7 minutes worth of sand and another with 4 minutes worth of sand, how do you use both to precisely time 12 minutes?"



Disregard glass timers, set cell phone timer.

49ersfan_87
05-22-2012, 09:28 PM
I suck at job interviews. Just a ton of pressure for me. Sometimes i think fast and come up with good answers, sometimes i just go blank. I try to prepare as much as i can, going over my resume and experiences/stories at previous jobs/school that can help me with the current job, but one curveball question can screw me up. I'm actually a lot better in real job situations for whatever reason, but the actual interview just sucks. I think the pressure of one bad answer costing me a job just gets to me.

Rob S
05-22-2012, 09:34 PM
Disregard glass timers, set cell phone timer.

You would not be selected because you can't follow instructions.

I suck at job interviews. Just a ton of pressure for me. Sometimes i think fast and come up with good answers, sometimes i just go blank. I try to prepare as much as i can, going over my resume and experiences/stories at previous jobs/school that can help me with the current job, but one curveball question can screw me up. I'm actually a lot better in real job situations for whatever reason, but the actual interview just sucks. I think the pressure of one bad answer costing me a job just gets to me.

glassdoor.com is your friend.

jrdrylie
05-22-2012, 09:38 PM
I've gotten lots of these....in most cases, it's not at all about getting them right. The interviewer just wants to see how you go about solving a problem. In the past 2 months, I've seen "How many ping pong balls fit in a 747", "How many lightbulbs are there in Australia?", "You have two sand-glass timers, one with 7 minutes worth of sand and another with 4 minutes worth of sand, how do you use both to precisely time 12 minutes?"

You could just use the four minute one three times. But since you have to use them both. Flip them both over at the same time. When the four minute one is done, flip over the seven minute one. That one will have four minutes worth of sand falling. When that one is done, flip over the four minute one again until it runs out of sand. 12 minutes.

Rob S
05-22-2012, 09:40 PM
You could just use the four minute one three times. But since you have to use them both. Flip them both over at the same time. When the four minute one is done, flip over the seven minute one. That one will have four minutes worth of sand falling. When that one is done, flip over the four minute one again until it runs out of sand. 12 minutes.

You got it.

jrdrylie
05-22-2012, 09:44 PM
My last interview (which I didn't get the job because I am too qualified) asked me to give an example within the past year where I had conflict at work and how I dealt with it. Pretty common question.

The problem is, what I do at work is I'm part of a two-person team. I'm good friends with the guy I work with. And even though we are on the same team, we work independently. So there is never any conflict so I completely botched the question.

Rob S
05-22-2012, 09:45 PM
My last interview (which I didn't get the job because I am too qualified) asked me to give an example within the past year where I had conflict at work and how I dealt with it. Pretty common question.

The problem is, what I do at work is I'm part of a two-person team. I'm good friends with the guy I work with. And even though we are on the same team, we work independently. So there is never any conflict so I completely botched the question.

Yeah.....you just gotta have something in the bag.

ATLDirtyBirds
05-22-2012, 09:48 PM
I always rock the conflict questions due to my work as an umpire. Money.

Bulldogs
05-22-2012, 11:01 PM
I always rock the conflict questions due to my work as an umpire. Money.

I bet you're the worst umpire ever.

wogitalia
05-22-2012, 11:34 PM
Haha at the "correct" answer for that timer one...

I'd have totally just said throw out the 7m timer and just use the 4 3 times as that is the logical answer.

If they then required me to use both... I'd probably have said flip the 4 minute one 3 times and use the 7m one to play with to pass the time while I wait for the other one... because lets be honest... why would I use both when using one is the better option.

That would be like using 2 programs to do something at work when you could do it all in one, all you'd be doing is increasing the likelihood of errors and making things harder. Which as someone who has now worked for nearly 5 years... is pretty much how most businesses do things, so I guess that's a good question :)

wogitalia
05-22-2012, 11:38 PM
Never really understood the "conflict" question. Just seems like an incredibly weighted question to me.

If you admit to having conflicts then you fail. If you don't have conflicts then you didn't answer the question and you fail. It's the interview equivalent of would you rather be shot or stabbed.

Being an umpire would be a great result if that question came up though due to the nature of the job, but in most work environments, if you have conflict you did something wrong.

Raiderz4Life
05-22-2012, 11:40 PM
haha when my boss asked me how I resolved a conflict at my previous job...I wasn't sure if to tell the truth or lie...the position was virtually the same so I decided on a half truth.

Neutralize the threat and escort him out of the premises.

Text book wording and what not.

Raiderz4Life
05-22-2012, 11:40 PM
Never really understood the "conflict" question. Just seems like an incredibly weighted question to me.

If you admit to having conflicts then you fail. If you don't have conflicts then you didn't answer the question and you fail. It's the interview equivalent of would you rather be shot or stabbed.

Being an umpire would be a great result if that question came up though due to the nature of the job, but in most work environments, if you have conflict you did something wrong.

Not quite true...there are plenty of jobs where you will have conflict without it having been a mistake on your part.

wogitalia
05-23-2012, 12:02 AM
I guess it depends on what you work in... as an office type you really shouldn't have conflict unless you've done something wrong though.

That was where both umpiring and bar work are handy for dealing with that question because in my office environment I don't have any conflict and I don't plan on having any.

Rob S
05-23-2012, 05:57 AM
Not really. You can make conflict be whatever the hell you want. For instance, in an office setting: you and a partner disagree on the direction of a project and worked to a resolution through compromise.

Conflict doesn't mean a shouting match/fist fight.....it's just a disagreement.

hockey619
05-23-2012, 06:48 AM
my sisteerr just had a job interview, for a hotel desk job mind you, and she was asked a werid/unanswerable question. It was " you are in seattle, you have a cup of coffee and a ruler, how do you figure out how tall the space needle is?"

put the cup on the edge of a table and squat next to it. It has to be the edge of the table assuming youre at ground level looking up toward the needle. 'zoom' in and out (move your head toward and away from the cup) until it appears to be the same size as the needle. mark your position on the ground/table.

how far is the base of the cup from your mark (A)? how far is the top of the cup (B)? How tall is the cup (C)? That would give you three sides to a small triangle, which you could use to get the three angles.

The angles would be the same on the big triangle (marked point to needle base to needle top and back) that you matched up with your cup. All you have to do is get the distance you are from the base of the building to have a side and three angles (you only need two). then its just cos sin and tan math stuff.


all that is a much bigger pain in the *** then just asking someone if they know how tall it is.

Brothgar
05-23-2012, 07:16 AM
There is a man who walks home from work everyday goes to his apartment building and gets off the elevator at the 13 floor and walks to his apartment on the 26th floor. There is somthing abnormal about this man that forces him to to this? What is it?

He's also British because american buildings don't have a 13th floor.

CJSchneider
05-23-2012, 08:25 AM
The weirdest question I have ever been asked on an interview was "If you could be any kind of tree, what kind would you be?"

ImBrotherCain
05-23-2012, 08:27 AM
Mine was what is your favorite animal and why (beyond the typical answers got better marks)?

Rob S
05-23-2012, 08:29 AM
Mine was what is your favorite animal and why (beyond the typical answers got better marks)?

They don't give a **** about the animal you choose. It is all in the rationalization of your choice and the ability to tie that back to the specific job you are interviewing for.

ImBrotherCain
05-23-2012, 08:38 AM
They don't give a **** about the animal you choose. It is all in the rationalization of your choice and the ability to tie that back to the specific job you are interviewing for.

Oh I know. That was just the oddest question that I have been asked.

Rob S
05-23-2012, 08:39 AM
Oh I know. That was just the oddest question that I have been asked.

Okay, I though you were asking a question when you said that beyond the typical answers got higher marks.

jrdrylie
05-23-2012, 08:41 AM
I also hate the question "How do you maintain a quality work-life balance?" I've never had a problem with that so there is nothing I do to maintain a quality balance, it just happens naturally. But you can't say that in an interview.

ImBrotherCain
05-23-2012, 08:41 AM
Naw isn't it if you use () in a sentence you must be before the punctuation? I could be wrong.

wogitalia
05-23-2012, 10:11 AM
I also hate the question "How do you maintain a quality work-life balance?" I've never had a problem with that so there is nothing I do to maintain a quality balance, it just happens naturally. But you can't say that in an interview.

And you certainly can't say the real reasons that you do it, like getting to work when your contract states and leaving when it ends or going out and slaying dragons on the weekend.

So many of the questions you get the initial response is just wtf...