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### Analyst At Corporate HQ at Caesars Entertainment was asked...

Aug 20, 2011
 There are 7 balls - of which 6 are identical, one weighs slightly less. You have a two sided scale (like Lady Justice's) that you can use just twice. How do you find the odd ball?2 AnswersI got this wrong. Right answer is you take one ball out randomly and weigh the rest. If they're equal, you're holding the odd ball. If not, take one ball out from the scale w lower weight and repeat.You take away one ball then weigh 3balls and 3balls on the scale. If the on the scale the balls balance then the one ball that you took is the odd ball if not then you take group of the lighter weight of the 3 balls from and you take away one ball and weigh one ball to one ball out of that group and if those two balances out then the one ball you took away is the lighter odd ball if they don't balance then the one weighing less of the two you know is the lighter odd ball.

### Sales Representative at AT&T was asked...

Dec 23, 2010
 what would you do if you saw someone stealing but the manager didn't?3 AnswersI would tell the Person stealing that its wrongThis is a ethics question that plays on your ability to handle truth when authority may or may not have seen the truth. I would approach the person who was stealing first and give them a chance to correct it and see how they handle the correction.I would take them to the back, put on the leather gloves and beat the crap out of them. Then you go to their house and rob their house and ask them if you like us doing it to you.

### Portfolio Analytics Group at BlackRock was asked...

Oct 7, 2010
 If you had 2 6-sided dice, what's the probability you get a 7?2 Answershere are the different ways you can get 7 1-6 6-1 2-5 5-2 3-4 4-3 prob(7) = [Prob(1)*prob(6) + prob(6)*prob(1).......................+prob(4)*Prob(3)] = 1/6You should ask if the dice are fair.

### Accounting at WageWorks was asked...

Nov 3, 2011
 I don't think CPA is any better than non-CPA!2 AnswersI said," This is a fair comment. I don't think CPA labels success or absolute advantage to an non-CPA."I would have told that unprofessional interviewer exactly what she wanted me to say: that her line of questioning was wrong and unprofessional.

### Recruiting Manager at The Nagler Group was asked...

Nov 24, 2010
 Is your husband ok with you taking this role?2 Answers(pause) my family situation will in no way prevent me from doing my best in this role.Is that even a legal question?

### Customer Service Representative at Grow Financial was asked...

Jun 8, 2010
 If there is a rude member calling, how would you handle it?3 AnswersI would assure them i could help them and diffuse the situation.HELP!!! just had a phone interview and they said they are sending a personality test for me to take! i am confused about what answers they are looking for how does one pass these types of tests??I handle all callers the same as I am here to solve their concerns. I would listen to what their need was and do everything within my power to resolve it .I find when I take the time to understand concerns and take ownership of resolving concerns most all customers will respond favorably to a calm, helpful demeanor.

### Sales Associate at New York & Company was asked...

Jun 15, 2011
 Describe a time you had a difficult situation with a customer and what did you do to solve it?2 AnswersI didn't have experience at the time so I didn't know what to sayIf you lack customer service experience, try to answer the question by describing another difficult situation that had a positive outcome. Like, "Well, I have never had a job in customer service, but I once had to co-write a paper with someone whose ideas were the total opposite of mine. I kept a positive attitude and really tried to listen to where she was coming from. We ended up finding common ground and got an A!"

### Marketing Manager at SkinMedica was asked...

Jul 8, 2010
 What is the marketing strategy of your former company?2 AnswersThey were picking my brain to see if I would spill the beans on the competitive activities of my former employer.Agree with the candidate’s answer- it is a test to see if you are a) willing to spill the beans - which also indicates your potential loyalty to the new company b) aware of the confidentiality clause in your former contract (again, probably one here too). However, there are still ways to answer this, such as: "While I need to remain respectful of sensitive company information, I can indicate that they are focused more on the mid-sized market; but you probably know that from your competitive analysis” Or pick some other generic non sequitur like east coast, Midwest, etc

### Operations at Becks European was asked...

Jul 3, 2012
 What should an employer expect from an employee?1 AnswerTrick question so be careful answering this one please.

### Operations at Becks European was asked...

Jul 3, 2012
 What does an employer owe an employee?1 AnswerAgain, trick question so be very careful here and, know that it is a lot less than what an employer should expect from an employee.
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