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I didn't find any question particularly difficult or unexpected. If forced to chose one it was when she asked how I would react to C-level executive/s shooting down a concept I developed for a seasonal campaign.1 Answer
I explained that I would be okay with that. That said, I also explained I am diligent and if I felt very strongly that the direction I was offering was paramount for the direction/growth/evolution of the brand, I would fight for it.
"if Germans were the tallest people in the world how would you prove it"50 Answers
I first asked how would we define germans. People who were born in germany. People who lived in Germany. From East or West. The food they ate (had to do likely w/ $) and stuff like that.
Man...poorly constructed question! We only have to prove 'it' if Germans ARE the tallest people in the world. Therefore, if we are forced to prove it, it must be the case that Germans are actually the tallest people! We could also randomly sample heights from people considered German and compare it to a random sampling of heights from people in non-German groups we are interested in. Assuming we have resources to get large enough samples and can account for a variety of biases, some ANOVA and other stats stuff can get us the answer.
Ask yourself, who you are supposed to prove it to? The question was for a Product Marketing Manager interview; could it perhaps be that what they want is to see how you take something you *know* to be true (you have to believe that the products you are trying to sell are great products to be a really great salesperson), and convince everyone else of that fact?
There's a lot of poorly defined stuff in here: Define Germans. (Include Polish or French post WWII rapes?) Define 'prove'. (Leave no doubt, or is a statistical rejection of the null hypothesis acceptable, and if so, by what percentage?) Define 'tallest'. (Include children under the age of 2?)
I would check out the Guinness Book of World Records and find out the nationality of the tallest person in the world.
I'd probably say to the interviewer 'As long as no one can disprove that Germans are the tallest people, then you really don't have to prove anything.'
"Germans were the tallest people in the world" is a statement that is considered to be a statement that is made on basis of some Statical analysis data point then that's the proof. In given statement, Conclusion is made prior to the proof.
It would be an appropriate question if there was no 'if' in a question,
Take height measurements of a statistically significant sample of Germans as well as all other groups to be considered. If the average height of the German sample is the highest, you've proven what was to be proven.
I can think of two different ways to get a quick insight into this: 1. Survey McDonalds. Get them to count the heights of the first 50 people in the door on a given day, then compare that information. I haven't done the confidence math on this. 2. Call the Levi Strauss company and ask them what distribution of pants they sell around the world. Bluejeans are sold just about everywhere, so except for the possibility that leg length isn't an exact indicator of overall height (I, for example, have short legs for my height) they should be able to tell you how tall people are in any given country based on the pants they sell there.
You can prove that there is a statistically significant difference between 2 classes using a 2-tailed students T test. It just requires the average and standard deviation of each class. Instead of just giving up and saying we can't define who is German. Pick a definition of what a "German" is , take their average height and standard deviation, and compare it to the average and standard deviation of the rest of the world using the 2-tailed students T test (or other similar statistical tests). Collecting height data may not be realistic for 1 person but if the interviewer asked you the question with no other stipulations, then you can fill in the rest. Pretend you have unlimited resources. Just assume the data you need is known or can be looked up. I think the interviewer wants to hear you think through a problem that displays you're creativity and resourcefulness. Just saying it's not possible won't get you the job.
"I'm sorry - I feel uncomfortable with Holocaust jokes..."
Other than measuring the height directly, another possible solution is to use the "side effects" of taller people, e.g. higher ceilings, larger shoes or clothing, or maybe it's all in the DNA? Anyway, just call up an international retailer and ask if they make things bigger for Germans.
I would answer with the following procedure: 1- Get the height of the shortest "German" 2- Get the height of the tallest "non-German" if the shortest german is taller than the tallest non-german, then this argument is true. otherwise, it's false.
DMV records (or likewise entities) are available all over the world.
@Research Engineer wrote "Pick a definition of what a "German"" Well, if we are going to pick our own definition, mine would be: 1) Everyone who is over 6'6" is German; 2) Everyone under 6'6" is not German. QED.
I would look to the medical community, CDC or AMA, possibly the UN.
The proposed answers seem rather convoluted. You would have to prove it by statistics. The statistics indicate that the Dutch are the tallest people with an average height of 6 feet for men. Most of western (and eastern) Europe have surpassed the United States in height due to the US fast food compulsion and inequitable health care.
If we already know that Germans are the tallest people in the world, then we don't have to prove it.
This is a problem solving question - straight up, pure and simple. You take the question as a hypothesis and explain how you would go about proving the veracity of the statement. If stats exist on the internet that's probably the fastest way to answer the question. If there was time an money you could pay for secondary research (if it exists) or primary research. The interviewer only wants to see how logical you are - not to actually solve the problem or question the thesis statement.
I have to agree: Driver Licenses are a good source for height information. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15464003
Gather as large of a sample of German and non-German heights. Employ a t-test/z-test to accept or reject the hypothesis at a given confidence interval.
Pull out my phone and access www.guinnessworldrecords.com This one was easy. HP needs to come up with more challenging questions if they are to prosper in 2012. HP's HR interviewer is now answering similar questions since being fired for lack of defining what he meant by a German. tsk tsk
Their cars would be the biggest if they were indeed the tallest.
Sorry, assumptions cannot be proved, BUT let me try to convince you. This will strike some conversation, just enough time for you to think on how to convince. I am sure, all this Questions do not have a perfect answer. They want to check your thought process, patience.
The average length of mattress in Germany is higher than the other countries, then Germans are the tallest.
Before I do that, how will the answer best help us solve our business challenges?
Germany has the largest number of stores that sell shoes in larger sizes(11 inch and above). And foot size is directly proportional to the height of person......hence germans are proved to be the tallest.
If Germans "were" the tallest people in the world, I would have to prove it by determining what group "is" the tallest people in the world.
No need - the Dutch are the tallest, apparently.
If you work with the definition that the country with the tallest median person are the tallest nation, you can get to a solution algorithmically (assumptions: no multiple citizenships allowed, median on an even number of persons is the one at positon n/2+0.5 for simplicity. We have lots of time to do this, so we don't care about getting to a result quick) (1) get everybody in a room. (2) ask people to stand together by nations and form a line each (3) repeat for each line until nobody swaps (3-1) ask each person to swap with their right neighbour if that neighbour is shorter (4) for each line (should be sorted by height now) (4-1) ask the smallest and the largest person of each nation to leave (4-2) repeat until only one or two people are left. (5) for each of the pairs left send the shorter one home (6) repeat until only one person is left (6-1) ask the remaining persons to form random pairs. Don't worry if one person is left standing alone. (6-2) send all the shorter persons in each pair home. (6-3) If the remainin person is German - you have proved it.
I would respond by saying that this is a profiling question and would prefer not to answer.
DMV records don't include heights in many countries of the world (including Germany). Which kind of puts the kibosh on this approach.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_driving_licence
I think average height for adults is available from census or other survays per country. Now if you consider a person living in Germany German (citizenship/residence vs nationality), the highest number of your list should be Germany, there's the proof
In the hypothetical world of the question, it is a fact that the Germans are the tallest. A fact is a statement that can be proven. So the fact was already proven at some point (in the make believe world). Answer is a question: How did the person who proved it before do it?
In Science, there is no absolute "truth." A hypothesis is not "proven" per se. You can support your hypothesis with positive data but you can never really prove it scientifically. Conclusion: your theory that "Germans are the tallest people" can either be supported or negated but not proven.
Use arrest, warrant or inmate records. They do have height information because that is an identifying characteristic, just like Scars, Marks or Tattoos.
Just check the most selled pant size.
By taking the average height into consideration of every country ..it would be proved that germans were tallest in the world....
Analogy: If A=B, how would you prove it? Answer: I don't need to. Because you already said that A=B.
Measure the height of the shortest doorway in a railway station or a common everyday place and compare to other nations.
Germany is known for the automobile manufacturing giants like BMW etc. Just measure the the distance from the seat beneath to the rooftop above. If it is greater than any other car manufactured, then certainly an average German's height would account as the tallest.
since in the qn. they have used "if", i wud answer that, "how can i prove you right or wrong, if you itself not sure about the fact"
I would show the average height of Germans compared to the average height of the rest of the world
I would Google it.
First you have to define your population, then you have to establish a plan for your research. What method are you going to use to gather data, and also define your sampling plan- the bigger the sample group the more reliable. In market research there are several methods to analyze your data establishing your sampling procedure. We can use deductive or inductive research.
Classic puzzle question with aim to understand a persons thinking process and structure. The interviewer's original question drill-down approach or any of the statistical approaches are the only correct ways to answer such a problem solving question. The others -- like pant sizes, shoe sizes -- are interesting leading questions to lead to the solution. You never simply answer such a case question without drilling down on the use cases first. Apparently the other responders either failed math / proofs, are not anywhere near the product spectrum, or are random trolls jumping on a "hot" question. Sadly they downvoted the best answer and the only one that probably would have passed the interview.
Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?35 Answers
Soften the impact when hitting the ball
Impact the aerodynamics - slow down the spin and velocity of the ball when hit.
Because soft balls are always better
New tennis balls -- with lots of fuzz -- move faster than ones where the fuzz wore off. So figure that in your answer
new tennis balls move faster because they're new and more bouncy. Old ones without fuzz are old and have lost some of they're bounce.
To make them cuter.
I adore Fuzzy Balls! Bring em on!
The fuzz creates drag which helps stabilize the flight path of the ball. This principle is also used with dimples in Golf balls.
Friction at the point of impact with the racket traded off with the aerodynamics.....
Too much testosterone.
Its mother screwed a peach..
The fuzz on the tennis ball creates more drag allowing players to have more control over the ball, last longer & resist staining. The fuzzy ball teaches us how to handle pressures & all types of treatment at work.
It has no hands to hold the razor!
Because my dog likes it soft
Cause you touch yourself at night
Because it forgot to shave.
it wouldn't be one...
Tennis balls are made to specific regulation standards resulting in repeatabe performance.
tennis balls are optic yellow and fuzzy for better visibility, and to lessen the impact on the joints,when hitting it hard with a racquet
To clearly mark where the ball has hit? I dont think the fuzz can affect aerodynamics by much.
To help your walker slide gently across the floor
To soak up the dog slobber.
Bbecause they don't like to shave. Besides - who doesn't like fuzzy balls ? Next question
It makes them stealth like (quieter)
To distinguish them from bowling balls.
Because Tennis play like fuzzy balls!
Because the friction of the fuzziness connects to the waffle on the tennis racket, therefore propelling the ball to new heights as it soars over the net.
It's the latest fashion
Too long look at the ball in from one player to another player. And always so from the beginning of the game until the end of the game
So they are easier to hang onto when learning to juggle.
The fuzz is what allows the tennis racket strings to "grip" the ball. That's how players can spin the ball, gaining optimum control over speed, flight path, and how the ball reacts on the bounce.
Because back when Tennis was invented, all balls were fuzzy
When you are not sports coordinated (like me) having a fuzzy soft tennis ball creates a safe feeling when used.
Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer ?21 Answers
Neither, I'm the chief
I'm a gatherer of new ideas and a hunter of old obsolete ones.
Trick question, I hunt the gatherers, and steal from the hunters.
I'm the hunter. Now go gather me some wood if you want to eat! (Collaboration.)
Why are you using THAT OS? I am neither. See my new job title.
I am your leader, Go suck on that!
Oh are those new business lines you are hiring for?
I hunt down history to learn from the mistakes of others, and gather New Ideas!
Well, if you like chicken nuggets you are neither and both. You don't really hunt chickens, but you don't really gather them the way you do berries and veggies. And I like chicken nuggets, so I really can't give you a clear answer.
It is actually a nice question . Hunters are "designed" to stay focused for a long time on a single task and to do it well ,gatherers are capable of multitasking but they don't go deep into their tasks . So i guess the answer depends on the job description
I am a gatherer when my counterpart is a hunter, I am a hunter when my counterpart is a gatherer. Balance.
I would consider myself more of a woman. I don't really do much, I kinda just sit around waiting for food to be brought to me. And then of course I get my little butt back in that kitchen, because as we all know, that's where I belong .
Hunter, but I use opportunities as they come.
Yes. I gather what I hunt down.
Neither - I call the shots
I'm the planner - the hunter and the gatherer do what I tell them to do and follow my plan
Well, my name is actually Hunter, so that pretty much answers that one... Next question please...
I am a witness between hunter & gatherer to act and take dicision for future action.
Simple iam a HUNTER .. why to give balah blaahh answrzz
a hunter. Because I was always trying to figure out something that I want to know nd always learn to master
If you were given a box of pencils, list 10 things you could do with them that are not their traditional use.3 Answers
While innocuous, this question was incredibly silly and only served to derail my train of thought during the interview.
I think the question actually measures your ability to be creative, and respond quickly with limited time and resources (something necessary for many roles today). Besides, the question is fun :) Create a pencil cup (irony), picture frame, hair sticks, hole punch, play darts, build a model bridge/road/house, make a serving tray, make file trays (more office irony).
1) Make a picture frame, hold your bun together, 2)Attach 2 to a picture to create an easel, rubber band them together and use them to roll under your tired feet, use the erasers as earing holders 3) Glue them together and top with a tile to create a hot pad 4) Ease stress by using two as drumsticks 5) Attach paper/penants to use them for identifiers for cupcakes, 6) Attach a laminated piece of paper to use in a garden to show which crops are growing where. 7) Use as darts on a lawn or paper strung between two trash cans 8) Decorate a box, i.e. make a log cabin roof look 9) Punch holes 10) Create directional arrows for walls/halls
Why is your teaching philosophy?1 Answer
I apply adult learning pedagogy that focused on leveraging students knowledge and experience and applying the Socratic methods apply crtical thinking, systems thinking and knowledge of the subject to encourage students to apply inquiry for divergent and convergence to increase their knowledge and acumen.
Explain a situation where you came up with a new process for something?1 Answer
I came up with a new truck process that cut the time of unloading by a third and is still used by the company, I have suggested over thirty ways to improve store experiences in all department areas.
"If you woke up tomorrow and discovered you had a grown a tail, what would you do?"1 Answer
No right answer, show your creative side. A candidate once told us they'd make fashion accessories, being first to market, assuming they wouldn't be the only one.