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Project Manager/Implementation Consultant was asked...March 19, 2011

### You have a bouquet of flowers. All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips. How many flowers do you have?

3 flowers - 1 rose, 1 daisy and 1 tulip

The solution is quite simple, if you start with the “All but 2” first: Roses = All but 2 = Two flowers are not a rose; one tulip, one daisy Daisies = All but 2 = Two flowers are not a daisy; one rose, one tulip Tulips = All but 2 = Two flowers are not a tulip; one rose, one daisy Answer: One rose, one daisy, one tulip. Less

I would say, "Do you consider three flowers to be a bouquet?"

### How many minutes before 5pm is it if 30 mins ago it was four times as many minutes after 3pm?

The answer is 18 minutes. It made sense to me to sketch a timeline showing the 3 components of time given in the problem that add up to the 120 minute total span. (X = minutes before 5pm, 30 min gap, and 4X is time between 3pm and the start of the 30 min gap.) Visually and chronologically it would look something like: 3pm --&gt; 4X --&gt; 30 min --&gt; X --&gt; 5pm. So then algebraically, the equation is 4X + 30 min + X = 120 min. Therefore 5X = 90 or X = 18. Less

18 mins before 5 = 4:42. 30 before 4:42 puts the time at 4:12. There are 72 minutes between 3 and 4:42 divided by 4 is 18. So the answer is 18 mins before 5pm. Less

That last explanation seems like you need to know the answer before you even start trying to solve. My solution is as follows: 30 minutes before 5 is 4:30 leaving 90 minutes between 3 and then. The remaining time needs to be split into an interval so that x4 exists. The most logical interval would be in 5ths because the 4 proceeding intervals would be 4x greater then the following. 90/5=18 for each interval. 18 being four times less then 72 minutes proceeding it. This literally look me about a minute and a half to reason through, which I'm assuming the interviewer would not want to sit through. Guess I would fail. Less

### 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?

40 cents... it's 20 cents per vowel, not 10.

40 cents. 20 cents for each cents.

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. Less

### Give examples of when to use a GUI-intensive/data formatting program versus command-line interfaces/non-formatting output options in handling data validation. (Extensively paraphrased.)

Yes I read it. U can leave ur email and I can tell u more about it. I am the one whose offer was declined after accepted Less

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Something that is definitely worth fighting for and will contribute to the economic development in the world. Less

Countries worldwide took the rights of women as one that should not be comprised by any means. Women are considered weak and cannot withstand pressure and the might of men, therefore, there is need for them to be guided by their rights to maximum protection. Less

Women are very important in the society and the world at large the role of women is so important the play a great role in the society,family and also individuals life they are wheel to push us so hard to develop our life in society and the world at large Less

### What is your biggest weakness? Why do you want to work for ADP? Can you describe a time when you went above and beyond? How are you evaluated in your current role?

ple: “My greatest weakness is that I sometimes focus too much on the details of a project and spend too much time analyzing the finer points. I’ve been striving to improve in this area by checking in with myself at regular intervals and giving myself a chance to refocus on the bigger picture. That way I can still ensure quality without getting so caught up in the details that it affects my productivity or the team’s ability to meet the deadline.” Less

After I helped any customer with a problem, I would follow up with them during the following week. I would double-check if everything was going well with the products they had purchased and if I could help them with anything else. Most of them were surprised to hear back from me. Less

opinions and challenges. I am an effective listener and always try to understand and listen to colleagues' objections.” Less

### Given a 3x3 grid arrange the integers 1-9 such that each row, column, and 3 element diagonal, sums to 15.

Really easy. You should immediately realize that 9,8, and 7 have to go on the diagonal. Less

Start off by ensuring that no two numbers of 9,8, and 7 share a row, column, or diagonal. After that, it is easy. Less

### In pseudocode, write a function that takes in an arbitrary string of lowercase letters and an integer n of 0 or more. Return the number of times the character 'a' appears in the string, reading in n characters from the string, in order. If n is greater than the length of the string, loop back to the beginning of the string upon reaching the end.

Iterating over the characters in the string, and counting the number of times a character appears. The index into the string was determined with mod n. Less

taking in characters 'n' at a time is kind of irrelevant in the beginning it just shows you how many you need to take from the beginning of the string once you've gone through the entire thing. So make a variable like int redo = myString.length % n; Go through looking for the character 'a' and incrament a counter. Afterward, iterate through again from beginning until less than redo and return. Less

Can't we do this?,,,, i,count=0,0 while(i

### 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?

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. Less

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. Less

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. Less

### The clock reads 9:45, what's the angle between the hour and minute hand?

Either 0 degrees, or 360 degrees as both the hour and minute hands will be pointing at "9." Less

0 or 360 degrees, otherwise known as a full angle.

The answer is 22.5 degrees. An hour hand moves 30 degrees per hour (1/12 of a 360 degree rotation), 0.5 degrees per minute. Less

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