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### Financial Analyst at S&P Global Ratings was asked...

Sep 28, 2010
 Why are manhole covers round?4 AnswersBecause the guy that invented them was not a linear thinker.so that they do not fall through the hole!Because corners cause issues by puncturing tires and round sits in the opening easier.Show More ResponsesBecause circles cannot fall through themselves.

### Consultant at FactSet was asked...

Oct 20, 2010
 You have two buckets. One is a 5 gallon bucket and the other is a 3 gallon bucket. With infinite amount of water, measure out 4 gallons. 2 AnswersNote: Again, don't listen to the idiot across the table, he can screw you up in your thought process. In this one he actually screwed me up because he said, "keep the water pouring." And that is the key: don't keep the water pouring.Pour water from the 5-gallon bucket into the 3-gallon bucket. This results in 2 gallons of water being left in the 5-gallon bucket. Pour away the water in the 3-gallon bucket and transfer the 2 gallons of water into the 3-gallon bucket. Now the 3-gallon bucket has room for 1 more gallon of water. Fill up the 5-gallon bucket again and pour water into the 2/3 full 3-gallon bucket until it fills up. 4 gallons of water remains in the 5-gallon bucket!

### Consultant at FactSet was asked...

Oct 20, 2010
 You have eight metal balls of which one weighs .01 of an ounce more than the others. With a perfectly accurate tipping scale, in two tries, how can you find the ball that is heavier. 2 AnswersSolve it in two minutes. Note: Don't listen to the idiot across the table, he can screw you up in your thought process.Take 6 of the 8 balls and put 3 on each side of the scale. If the heavy ball isn't in the group of 6, you know it's one of the remaining 2 and so you put those two in the scale and determine which one. If the heavy ball is in the 6, you have narrowed it down to 3. Of those 3, pick any 2 and put them on the scale. If the heavy ball is in that group of 2, you know which one it is. If both balls are of equal weight, then the heavy ball is the one you sat to the side.

### Consultant at FactSet was asked...

Nov 2, 2011
 If clock hands equal 0 degrees at 12:00 and 180 degrees at 6:00, then what is the acute angle between the hour hand and minute hand when the clock is at 3:15?2 Answers0 degrees :)7.5 degrees

Oct 15, 2010

### Software Engineer at Tower Research Capital LLC was asked...

Nov 3, 2011
 There are 25 horses. You get to race them 5 at a time, determining relative ranking. How many races does it take to figure out the top 3?3 Answers7 Race 5 groups of 5. Race the leaders. Let the horses be A1 .. A5 B1 .. B5 C1 .. C5 D1 .. D5 E1 .. E5 where X1 ... X5 was the order the horses came in, in the "first round" races, and where A1 > B1 > C1 > D1 > E1 in the leaders race. Lastly, race A2 A3 B1 B2 C1. Top two in that race, along with A1, are the top 3.Why not just six races? Race each horse once, 25 horses, 5 per race -> 5 races. Then take the 5 horses with the best time independent of the race they were in.Problem statement only really refers to ranking, ordering, not obtaining a measure of time for each run.

### Data Specialist at S&P Global Ratings was asked...

Apr 8, 2014
 How do you stay motivated when working on menial tasks?2 AnswersI am programmed to complete, meaning I am not satisfied until the job is completedPerhaps you could find a way to perform the given task better or potentially even automate it. This would turn the "menial task" into a skill builder, a way to impress your supervisor, and work more efficiently

### Software Engineer at Credit Karma was asked...

Feb 19, 2014
 Basic CS questions, OOPS concepts, basic design patterns, and past work experience. 3 Answers.What questions were asked?What questions did they ask you???

### Analyst at Morningstar was asked...

Apr 3, 2010
 The first question on the online test was an essay question. I compared two companies in terms of industry, management, and value.2 AnswersI wrote an essay.I have read that there are four essay questions --would you be so kind as to offer what the other two essay questions were? Thank-you.

### ESG Analyst at MSCI was asked...

Jul 13, 2010
 You background is bizarre, in a cool way. Tell me about how you got to where you are.1 AnswerMy background is definitely unconventional. On one level that has enabled me to see things differently and predict the shape of the market before the market catches on.
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