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Mar 18, 2009

### Associate at Capco was asked...

Apr 25, 2010
 Let's say you have 10 bags of nails, and each nail weights 10g. You also have a scale upon which you can weigh a combination of the bags or nails from the bags once. You know that one of the bags is off by a certain amount of grams, but you don't know which bag or by how much. How do you find out, with one weighing, which bag it is?10 AnswersNumber the bags 1 through 10. Take 1 nail from bag 1, 2 nails from bag 2, and so on. Take those 55 nails, which should weight 550g, and place them on the scale. If the weight differs from 550g by a certain amount, then that tells you which bag it is and how much it's off by.If each "nail weights 10g" as posed in the problem the ONLY weight you will get is 550g. My Idea is the instructions state "can weigh a combination of the bags or nails from the bags once." Place bag on scale result should = 100g, add bag 2 = 200g ect. when you add a bag and the result = less than the 100g, result = bag number and weight and difference. As you have continually adding weight is counts 1 time.Who cares? If you run out of nails go get some more.Show More ResponsesYou guys are doing this wrong. This is a twist on a very old problem, that actually has to do with twelve balls and can use the scale only three times. The trick is to divide the bags into smaller groups of 3, and see in which direction the bags move. It's easier if you draw it out. It is from "games for the super intelligent" by James Fixx.If I can only weight them once... then I'd put all the bags on, one weigh in and take the bags off one by one. The weight should go down by 10g each time until you get to the bag which is off. Technically it's one weigh in at the beginning and the rest are clearing the scale.Take all the nails out of the bags weigh them divide by 10. The number wont come out even, bag up your nine even piles, then the last bag you have is the one that is "short".This is a stupid question to use in an interview. Presumably by the time people get to this level, they've already taken the SAT and GRE, the latter of which includes a logic section. Test people on things that are going to matter for the company's bottom line, not a logic problem.I agree with kgar 79. The problem states that you can weigh the nails individually, which means you can take them out of the bag. Once you do, you'll be able to see which bag has more or less nails than the others. Since the nails all weigh the same, any variation in weight, will be determined by whole nails.Simple, and it can be done without weighing anything. Count the number of nails in a bag and multiply the number by 10g.kgar79 got it right. Just dump out all the nails, put the same number of nails in nine of the bags,their weight is now 10g x the number of nails per bag, then put the rest of the nails in bag #10. Then weigh it and now you know which and by how much it is off. You don't actually even need the scale.

Oct 6, 2009

### Quantitative Finance Summer Associate at Morgan Stanley was asked...

Aug 5, 2010
 At a party everyone shakes hands, 66 hand shakes occur, how many people are at the party? 9 Answers12requires explanationit's not 12, it's 11Show More Responses12sum of the series 66= n/2( 2*1 + (n-1)*1) n=12You can suppose there are n people in the room and think of them in a row. The first one has to shake hands with (n-1) people (because he doesn't have to shake hands with himself). The second one has already shaken hands with the first one, so he has (n-2) shakes remaining... and so on. So you have to sum: (n-1)+(n-2)+(n-3)+...+1= (n/2)*(n-1) Then you have to solve (n/2)*(n-1)=66 and you get n=12.n(n-1)/2=66 so n=12You can think of this problem as a combination problem: (N choose 2) = 66, and then solve for N. That is, N! / (2! (N-2)! ) = 66. Simplifying this equation leads to N(N-1)/2 = 66, and the integer solution to this problem is N = 12.66=x!/((x-2)!*2) which gives 12

### Associate Director - Brand Development at Brand Institute was asked...

Mar 6, 2014
 Can you meet the hiring manager in 3 hours? 6 AnswersWow, they really sound very disorganized & disrespectful. I reckon you would have hated working for them, doesn't sound like they could be good with their clients!Yes, I found the leadership at BI to be quite unorganized, there always seems to be firedrills with unhappy clients, count your blessings you didn't take a job with them.This is a great information to have about this company. Thanks for posting this.Show More ResponsesThe senior leadership at BI have a track record of publically humiliating employees on our morning calls it's comes with the territory of a CEO company owner who throws his weight around. You just have to ignore it as best you can.I think the issue is that director positions are a dime a dozen here and people don't last long, I am on my 3rd office partner in as many years & Steve is likely going to leave! Management therefore really doesn't invest too much time or effort in the candidate evaluation & hiring process.Typical Courtney stirring the pot, reckon she's had more office partners that projects.

### Claim Associate Express at State Farm was asked...

Feb 8, 2013
 No questions were difficult, just know why you want to work for State Farm5 AnswersWhat is the base salary offered?Did you start the job already? what are the schedules like? I know it can be any shift but if you have any details please let me know. How is the training? Is there any other testing besides the one for the license? ThanksYes I've started already, just completed my 4th week of training. My training schedule is 9am to 5:30pm mon-fri..then my regular work shift will be 9:30-6 mon-fri... The only test that really matters is the licensing exam, although there are several other exams throughout training that they'd like for you to pass but it's not as mandatory as passing the licensing exam..Show More ResponsesHow long does it take to get and answer back for the background check and drug test?Was the licensing exam difficult? Do they use Kaplan?

### Associate Consultant at Manhattan Associates was asked...

Mar 21, 2011
 A snail moves up a 5m long tree as follows: 1) he goes up 3m in the morning and 2) he goes down 2m at night. How long will it take him to reach the top of the 5m tree?5 Answers3 days. Not 5 days. Draw it out if you don't believe me.What was the technical interview about? Do they ask you questions about programming? I have the MANH interview soon and am not sure how to prepare for the technical interview! Thanks!@ Homer Simpson, The technical interview was simply them asking me to explain a "technical" process on the whiteboard. There was no programming, though I used a programming example in answering this question. The overall interview process requires little preparation, with the exception of the panel interview since I'm assuming you got the question before hand. Again they want to see the following: 1) Logical thought flow 2) Ability to present/explain on a white-board 3) Can assimulate concepts (including programming) quicklyShow More ResponsesThanks Boss for the quick reply! I just came back and I think it went well. How much time did they take to reply back to you?http://brainteaserbible.com/interview-brainteaser-snail-drainpipe-climbs-falls-at-night-how-long-reach-top

### Associate Analyst at Vitech Systems Group was asked...

Nov 19, 2011
 Java Code to implement 5 places (code)6 Answers3 of them JDBC , 2 of them java date (list compare)what about the interview?I have an interview next week can you please send me the question?Show More Responsesit was a zip file I can not upload that file.. there is no way as mentioned above. it was fill in the blank kind Junit testing. 3 of them JDBC and 2 of them were list compare..Hey, what happened in your interview ? How many interviews took place and what questions were they focusing on?Hi, can you tell me if you had a F2F interview with Vitech. I have it next week. Can you tell what kind of questions they ask.

Aug 18, 2012