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Recruiting Coordinator was asked...March 20, 2013

If I ask you to jump off the plane without a parachute, would you jump?

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"Only if I could be holding your hand!" ;-)

Yeah sure. After you.

It depends. I am not a follower but I have to respect your view. I have to evaluate the situation quickly and understand your position before I react. Less

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How many McDonalds are in midtown

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125 McDonald's in midtown. Kidding?

G nt

On every corner there's one.

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Manager was asked...September 29, 2010

Why shouldn't we hire you?

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My weaknesses would be strengths for you, you condescending a-hole. My god you people are freaky-deaky wierd. Thank you very much, good-bye. Less

Well, that's an unfair question because in order to answer it, I would have to acknowledge that you shouldn't hire me. The purpose of this discussion is to determine WHETHER you should hire me; not WHY you shouldn't. Why did you ask me that question? Less

I am a strong, opinionated executive. I have a unique broad skill set across all technology verticals. I can debate all technologies. If you think your team is not diverted in their knowledge, then they will be intimidated by me. I challenge the status quo and if this is not your culture, then you shouldn't hire me. Less

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A math/logic question i.e. you are a manager in charge of 200 employees and have 100 hours to do so. If each time you check on an employee, their productivity increases by a certain amount (a schedule is given), what's the best number of times to check on employees.

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I got similar setting question with one additional condition that each employee has different productivity. And the 3rd and 4th check would bring nothing while 5th brings a huge increase. I thought it would be a dynamic programming problem but not quite sure about how to capture the huge jump if the the 3rd and 4th check brings nothing. Less

I got similar setting question with one additional condition that each employee has different productivity. And the 3rd and 4th check would bring nothing while 5th brings a huge increase. I thought it would be a dynamic programming problem but not quite sure about how to capture the huge jump if the the 3rd and 4th check brings nothing. Less

You want to think about marginal productivity, and do some simple mental math.

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(After discussing a job experience in a field that I said was not right for me) If I were the hiring manager at that company should I have hired you?

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....absolute mind games.

What's not right for you is not necessary not right for me. Why hiring me has anything to do with your own experience Less

It isn't black and white--depends if you felt they had the skills to enter the field and were neglecting them for a reason you believed was subject to change and worth the risk. If that was the case, you might extend an offer, recognizing their talents that would be able to be developed. If you do not see the aspect of talent/skill development as an individual in the firm, then DO NOT hire that person--the simple and straight forward answer. Less

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They tear you apart and twist what you're saying. They want you to ask a ton of questions, but barely give you the opportunity.

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Honestly, I don't believe there is a correct answer to any question they ask.

Based on your assessment, it sounds like this was part of the discussion-group or culture-interview part of the process. Frankly, there are no right answers: the questions are meant to be philosophical. Regarding "not given the opportunity", I'd bet they were looking for you to stand up for yourself and to ask your questions regardless of them "giving" you the opportunity. Less

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Data Analyst was asked...December 12, 2010

You need to collect weather data from across the United States, where would you place the sensors?

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1 sensor at every post office at every zip code should cover the overall geography. A second strategy of placing sensors at topographically unique places will provide additional information that would, when analyzed with the first set of zip code sensors, allow a deeper understanding of the weather phenomenon affecting the area you need to study. Less

If forecasting is the goal, then in the nosecones of airplanes. This would capture values at multiple altitudes, allowing for more dynamic models that captured data from multiple altitudes. Otherwise, sensors could be placed at beacons for GPS satellites, which are fairly uniformly distributed across the continent. Less

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Should Hate Crimes be punished more strictly than regular crimes?

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Yes because they are doing more damage, in terms of fear and community problems

Without a doubt, as they often lead to additional criminal activity. The problem is identifying true hate crmes without the media broad brush Less

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Associate was asked...October 29, 2010

What are the dual mandates of the Fed?

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To stabilize price levels and maximize employment....to poster above they control money supply to achieve this... Less

I think- to control inflation and manage the money supply

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If you had to push a button to eliminate death, will you push it?

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No. Pushing the button would basically cause eternal suffering because of overcrowding, desease, famine, violence etc. The powerful find a way to stay there forever and wouldn't reproduce selfishly keeping power whole the poor reproduce the world would always be at war Less

Yes. But knowing that there is a button that can eliminate death, tremendous planing will be needed. Will put together a team of brilliant minds and come up with a plan for a world that is ever growing. And if such plan is discovered/rendered then Press The Button! Less

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