Consultant interview questions shared by candidates
What is the exact angle formed by the hands on a clock when the time reads 9:30?11 Answers
Common response, but it's incorrect. What about the hour hand? It's not pointing directly at the 9 anymore...
60 degrees, or 300 degrees whichever way you want to look at it.
|0.5(60H-11M)| = 105 degrees
1/4 of 180 which is 45 ta-daaah
oops, I mean 1/4 of 360 :) 90
105 degrees: if the hour hand is right at 9, and the minute had was right at 30 then it would be 90 degrees. but since we're 30 minutes into the hr, the hour hand will be (theoretically) half waybetween 9 and 10pm. so you need to calculate that additional variation. If have the arms 3 hrs apart makes a perfect 90 degrees, then each hr would equal 30 degrees -> thus a half hr would result in a 15 degrees. 90+15= 105 degrees
Just be able to explain example of your sales success. They will bring you on regardless as a contractor before being offered full time employment. They are looking for as many bodies as possible for market penetration whether you are qualified or not.4 Answers
1099 gets paid $150 per sale usually need 8 to become full time
The phrase "usually" is shading. I brought on 8 accounts and was told to sell more to receive salary. That is a lie.
weren't they 9 sales in order to receive the salary? it's just a question
So shady...don't go there...look at the three comments above...the answers always change in order to move up...like carrot in front of a donkey
There are three buckets, one with apples, one with oranges, and one with a mixture of both. They are all labeled wrong. You can pick one piece of fruit from one bucket, what would you pick to determine what is in all three buckets?4 Answers
There is no way to determine the answer, just by picking one fruit alone. First, I'd pay attention to the 2 buckets that give off an orange smell. Then, I'd dive my hand into the bucket, taking care to feel what's around my hand. Picking up the fruit doesn't really matter; it's whether the bucket you picked just has oranges or not.
I posted the question, sorry, I should have answered it. You pick a piece from the basket labeled "mixed." This is because you know it is labeled wrong (every basket is). So, if you pull out an orange you know that the basket holds only oranges. Now you have one basket figured out, and you know the remaining two are also mislabeled, so you switch their labels and you're done.
The question should state that the label always lie. If the label says "Apple Only" it could be "Mixture" or "Orange only" So the one labeled "Mixture" is either "Apple Only" or "Orange Only". So you choose Mixture and what ever fruit you get is the label that is correct. Then switch the other two.
All of the answers are close but not entirely correct. Any box is labeled incorrectly. Choose the mixture box. If you pick out an orange, it is necessarily an orange only box. The other two must only be the mixture or apples only. The mislabeld apples only box must be the mixture because it is mislabeled and there are only 2 other choices left. The last box is the mixture. This is the order in which you must think, although the particular fruit you pick up first could be either apple or orange.
What is a class?4 Answers
Just because you have years of programming experience, doesn't mean you won’t be asked entry-level question. Prepare for this.
This is a reasonable question for a senior person - you should be able to explain basics to a client, manager or junior person. So a answer could be: A class is a group of objects with shared properties. Using classes reduces time needed for new coding and simplifies changes.
Take responsibility for your actions. For someone with that much experience, you can't answer this stupid question? I do interviews and hires and if you gave me that lame excuse, I would terminate the interview on the spot. Every resume I look at looks the same (same experience, job titles, job responsibility). You need to make the difference in the interview, this is what distinguish you from the other 100 candidates. Hate to say it but, with the economy the way it is, it is easier to be choosy on who I hire.
This guy (interview candidate) is hilarious, those three questions are the most fundamental concept of OOP, and he consider OOP entry-level? LOL. What have you done at Microsoft? Non-programming related job? Go back to any college and take a CIS 200 level class. Experience at Microsoft is not a pass for interview questions.
Is the Salesforce.com/Force.com platform a "relational database"?5 Answers
It's up for your interpretation...
Yes it is, the platform is built on top of an oracle relational database.
@Gary just because the Force.com platform is built ON TOP of a relational database doesn't mean that it technically is one. It may have some similar constructs to a relational database, but it has some unique characteristics that make it markedly different, and also lacks some distinctive characterstics of a relational database. If I was interviewing you and you told me that the Force.com platform is a relational database because it was built on an Oracle DB I would give you +.01 points for knowing some relatively useless trivia about the underlying architecture and -10 points for not understanding the unique characteristics and limitations of the platform.
I think it falls under the object-relational umbrella. Sure it does relationships, but it does more than that, and with the abstraction of the API you never really get at the full relational structure of the underlying oracle DB.
Answer number four is good I accidentally marked it as a negative
An apple costs 40 cents, a banana costs 60 cents, and grapefruit costs 80 cents. Under the same circumstances, how much does a pear cost?8 Answers
20 cents because it's 10 cents per vowel
I would ask the interviewer to rank his fruit in order of what his favorite was. If a pear was his favorite I would charge 20% price increase on the grapefruit, which would put the pear at 96 cents. If he is willing to pay for grapefruit at 80 cents but he would rather have a pear, he would most likely be happy to purchase the pear at a margin increase. Pricing depends on the who, why, and where of sell/buying the product. "Under the same circumstances” can be taken creatively or mathematically depending on how you look at the circumstances. There is no right or wrong answer, it a question to see how your mind works when asked to solve a problem. I base the circumstances on the environment, the people and problem on hand. So I would want to understand more about why he wanted to know how much a pear cost, whether he was hungry, if it was for him, ect… and then appropriately price the pear based on the demand of the individual the environment and the situation.
Hey Blake - while that answer is very creative, this particular question was given during a 12-question-3-minute math test. I'd say that you might have a hard time writing all of your economics answer down in three minutes. Nice answer, though!
40 cents to match the apple in size and texture
40 cents. It's 20 cents per vowel, and pear has two vowels.
40 cents. 20 cents for each cents.
40 cents... it's 20 cents per vowel, not 10.
Apple, banana, grapefruit is an alphabetical sequence. Pear falls after grapefruit in the alphabet so it would cost a dollar.
How many baseball's can you fit on a 747?4 Answers
Work through the question.. they just want to see how you approach a problem and analyze it. There is no right or wrong answer, they just knew i liked baseball and thought it would be good to see me talk through the problem.
One thing that I don't quite understand. The 747 is somewhat cylindrical, which means that the top of it is rounded off, as in, not flat enough to hold any baseballs without them falling off. So, you attempt to put a baseball on top of a 747 and it will probably just roll off wouldn't it? Then you actually can't put any baseballs on top of a 747. Anyway, I don't know if this is the right answer, or if there even is one, but that's my analysis of the situation.
This type of question is about demonstrating your thinking process and your comfort level with estimation. Here's one approach: 1. Estimate the width and height of the fuselage (main body of the jet). It's roughly a cylinder, so you could assume that the width and height are approximately the same. (Maybe 20 ft.) 2. Now estimate the length of the fuselage. (Maybe 150 ft.) 3. I can't remember the formula for the volume of a cylinder, but the formula for the volume of a cube is length x width x height. In this case, 20 x 20 x 150 or 60,000 cubic feet. 4. Now estimate the number of baseballs in one cubic foot. (Maybe four high, four wide, and four long, or 4 x 4 x 4, or 64. 5. Now multiply 64 baseballs per cubit foot by the number of total cubic feet on a 747 (60,000) to get approximately 3,840,000 baseballs.
Hey Steve I think you are thinking about volume- This type of question intrigues me because there are so many unstated variables such as, is there adhesive of some sort involved? Does "on" mean "all around" or covering the 747? If there is no adhesive, does that mean 'how many baseballs could you put on TOP of the 747' - does this also include the wings? And would it count if there is no adhesive material and one rolls off - as Curio stated, it is not a flat surface. Actually there are a million other hypothetical questions that could pertain to the imaginary baseball on the 747, but the interesting part for me is to read each post and determine what 'controlling statements' each person adds to the question before answering it. It is so easy to simply answer a hypothetical question with predetermined figures based on each persons thinking process or experience, instead of taking only the facts stated in the question and determining a hypothetical answer or two. I am thoroughly enjoying reading these questions, posts, and analyzing thought responses. Sometimes I am even enlightened. ;-)
"What else can you tell me that would make me interested in hiring you?"3 Answers
I gave examples of previous experiences and how I, step by step, addressed a specific business problem from start to finish and I emphasized that these business skills would translate over to the interviewer's company.
Ask yourself a question: Have you ever behaved like you believe a BAH employee would? I have. I work with BAH employees, and from the outside looking in I can name a few behavioral traits that make me a good fie: Integrity, Professionalism and Competence. Read the company's core value statements and make sure to take ownership of them.
*fit not "fie".
How many people can you fit into texas?5 Answers
All the people in the world will fit in Texas.
Added to the previous comment: if with the population density of NYC.
Depends on how much cubic feet of space each person requires; then requires analysis of total people in world/usa, and total space they require. Then compare with total space in Texas.
If they are just occupying the space and there is no need to live there, the entire population of the world could theoretically be in Texas at the same time.
Presuming you aren't given the size of texas... Population of New York City: 8 million. Population of the world? 7 billion. Could you fit 1000 New York Cities in to Texas? Probably not. You can check it with numbers, 300sq mi for NYC, 250k sq mi for Texas. You could then go a step further and say that if we were only concerned with how many people can we cram in there, then we could probably increase the density of NYC by an order of magnitude at least, in which case yes, we could probably fit the whole world in there. An assumption that you can fit NYC in a 100 times (a reasonable if not low estimate), and that you could probably fit 80 million people in to New York city if they all squeeze together, you would get a total fit of about 8 billion people could fit in Texas.
How did you hear about us?4 Answers
Through a job board.
Again not selling yourself. Make your answers sound more enthusiastic about the job. How did you hear about us? I've seen your adds on TV, billboards, In magazines at the Dr 's office. Freestyle Cruising right? I started to wonder more about your company. Then I saw your post on (job board name here) and I got excited. This is my chance I thought. I could get my foot in the door and make a career change. I've always wondered what it would be like working for a company as well known as yours. I think that the travel and tourism industry is a perfect place to go for a career change.
With that answer you might have just killed two birds with one stone. Her next question would be, why do you want to work for us? If she needs to ask that question see my comment on the next question. Remember.. you are the product.. you need to sell yourself.. It's a cruise line... they are a form of entertainment.. so be entertaining.
What are you willing to trade for success? Your spouse? Your kids? Your soul? Because 40 hours will not cut it. You must sacrifice all in favor of the job. Only then will the "coaches" deem you worthy of making more money than the guy who flipped your burger at lunch today.
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