# Manager Projects Interview Questions

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## Top Interview Questions

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? 42 Answers3. One of each kind. Two flowers, neither of which are roses, daisies or tulips. Maybe geraniums. If the problem requires that all flowers are R, D or T, then one of each will work. Three. 3 flowers - 1 rose, 1 daisy and 1 tulip Show More Responses Answer's 3, one of each. 3- one of each 6. 2 of each kind listed. Don't forget the trivial solution (none). We know there's two of each considering that the three types are not overlapping but we don't really know the total. The answer is "At least 6". Do you really have a bouquet if you have just 2 or 3 flowers? Otherwise, you have either 2 or 3 flowers 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. The question is contradictory - the question says ALL of your flowers are Roses except two, and goes on to say ALL of your flowers are Daises except two. All of your flowers cannot be both Roses and Daises and Tulips. 3 3... Impossible is never a good answer... Show More Responses The real question is what did the man do to his wife to have to bring her flowers to begin with? Three. You have one of each kind. Isaac and Rayz, you both failed logic If I have 3 things, say a tire iron, a hammer and a hedgehog, I can accurately say that all but two are tire irons If I had six (let's say two of each of the above) and said all but two are tire irons, this fails. I have six objects, two of which are tire irons - the math shows that four items are not tire irons The answer only works at 3 unknown. Could be 3, could be 6, 9, 12, any multiple of 3 I would say, "Do you consider three flowers to be a bouquet?" Me: I have a Bouquet of flowers Nice riddle, but the way it is written there is no solution. If you have a rose, a daisy, and a tulip then all but two is a rose (not roses), all but two is a daisy (not daisies), and all but two is a tulip (not tulips). But if it was written this way the answer is obvious. The entire bouquet is flowers. So the answer is they are all flowers. This is one of the oldest riddles in the book. The questioner distracts the answerer by providing frivolous information - the number of roses, tulips and so on. Most answerers will try to give a literal answer to what they perceive as a literal "how many" question. When in fact, the questioner is asking how many of whatever number of stems in the bouquet are flowers and all of them are. I would go with luke..... 3, but I hate wording that is designed to mislead. I think that reflects poorly on the company. Show More Responses two buttercups :) Considering that n is the total number of flowers we have: n - 2 = t (the number of tulips) n - 2 = d (the number of daisies) n - 2 = r ( the number of roses) The question is: are there only roses, daisies and tulips in the bouquet ? If yes we also have a fourth equation: r + d + t = n In this case we add the three equations above and we get 3n -6 = n (because n = r + d + t) 2n = 6 n = 3 If there are more than daisies, tulips and roses in the bouquet we have a system of three equations with four unknowns so the solution space is infinite. All! @rumberobueno your math is great here, but it is NOT possible to have the 4th kind of flowers because it says: a) all but 2 are roses - in this case we can have at most 3 kind of flowers the same for the other cases, in conclusion we have only 3 kind of flowers and from your math we can say we have 1 of each kind. There is a definate mathematical approach to this question as was stated earlier but you can not add excess flowers. Look at it simplified: If R=roses, T=tulips, D=daisies and X = # in bouquet; where R, T, D, and X are whole numbers greater than 0 and assuming that there are said flowers in the bouquet. then R+2=X, T+2=X, D+2=X then R+2=T+2=D+2 therefore R=T=D, R+T+D=X, R+T=2; T+D=2, D+R=2 T=2-R and D=2-R therfore R must be less than 2 but greater than 0, then R=1 therefore T=1 and D=1 R+T+D=X X=3, If there are none of said flowers in bouquet then total number is 2. There is no other answer available with the question worded this way. Enough to make me sneeze. It's not clever to say "All of them." It's asinine. I get that there's math, but if you just take the actual question, "How many flowers do you have?" and you respond with "All of them" it shows a distinct inability to answer a question logically. Do you really have ALL of the flowers? Or are you simply confused as to the definition of the word "all"? It's like the old riddle my witty uncle used to aske me every time we passed a graveyard. " How many dead people are in there?" Answer: "All of them" I agree with Brian. This is a distraction for the one questioned. When we are a little anxious we tend to over think things. Just my opinion I agree that the correct answer is all of them are flowers. So many firms using questions like this have little to no clue as to why they are asking these and do little to elicit the kind of information about the candidate's fit with the job that an interview process should be gaining. If the job requires highly analytical skills than get some proven tests rather than interviewers putting interviewees off guard with silly questions that are not relevant to the job at hand. If you want to work for Brain Teasers, that would be a good question to pose along with many others. Why people don't want candidates to be at ease in a job interview astounds me as that is when you will get the best information out of them astounds me. Let n be the total number of flowers. When the problem says that all but two of the flowers are of one kind, it means there are n−2 flowers of that kind. Therefore, n−2 of them are roses, n−2 of them are tulips and n−2 of them are daisies. Assuming that this exhausts the list of flowers, we can write n−2+n−2+n−2=n which gives n=3 Show More Responses 3. 3. I have a bouquet of flowers. It was not quanitfied and I was not asked to quantify. A Bouquet is what I have a bouquet is 12, if 2 are roses, 2 are tulips, and 2 are daisies, then you have 6 flowers. So your bouquet has 6 flowers, 2 tulips, 2 roses, and 2 daisies. There is no boundary - infinite. it states you have a bouquet it does not give a max, just a min. 2 flowers. The question specifically states that all but two are roses, daisies, and tulips. Since it uses the plural form of each flower, obviously "one rose, one daisy, one tulip" is not the answer they are looking for. However, "zero roses, zero daisies, and zero tulips" would fit both the mathematical and grammatical constraints. P..S. I'm guessing that the 2 flowers are lilies. I like lilies. As has been observed, there are two possible answers: either 3 flowers (one rose, one tulip, and one daisy) or 2 flowers (none of which is a rose, daisy or tulip). The statement that the "mystery flower" solution is unsolvable is not quite correct, however. It simply requires a graphical approach, which I will try to describe. Let's define 5 variables: n = total number of flowers r = number of roses t = number of tulips d = number of daisies x = number of flowers which are neither roses, tulips or daisies (mystery flowers) Now let's represent the information given in equation form: n - 2 = r n - 2 = t n - 2 = d And I'll add an equation which proceeds logically from my definition of x: n = r + t + d + x Substituting, I get: (r + t + d + x) - 2 = r (r + t + d + x) - 2 = d (r + t + d + x) - 2 = t Adding and simplifying, I get: 2(r + d + t) + 3x = 6 Hmm. Seems like a lot of variables, and not nearly enough equations.... But wait... r, t and d are all equal to the same thing...which means they must all be equal to each other. So we can rewrite that last equation as: 6r + 3x = 6...or: 2r = -x +2 This is simply the equation of a line. Unfortunately, it has infinitely many solutions. However, I am going to place some constraints on the solution set: r => 0 x => 0 r is an integer x is an integer. I don't think there is a way to represent these constraints algebraically. But if I graph the line 2r = -x +2, it becomes clear that there are only two nonnegative integer solutions - either r = 1 and x = 0 (which means, since we decided that r = t = d, that I have three flowers - one rose, one tulip and one daisy OR r = 0 and x = 2 (which means, since we decided that r = t = d, that I have 2 flowers - zero roses, zero tulips, and zero daisies, plus two mystery flowers). 3 |

What's the color of money???.... 28 AnswersAn 80's movie about Pool hustlers staring Paul Newman and Tom Cruise. (Well played, Chad.) (Well played, Chad...) Seems like a critical thinking question. The temptation if you're from the US is to say "green," while in reality it depends on the country. This question isn't really relevant now though, US money is getting more colorful, though still mostly green. Show More Responses if you are talking about the 1932 movie it's black and white, if you are talking about the song money, it has no color By all means the color of my money is white as I give no room for black money to enter my province come what way. It's the exact color of de-oxygenated blood, filling your body as you have a heart attack. It's this color that scares the poop out of people and makes them give money to the American Heart Association "That's racist!" then demand to speak to someone in HR concerning a hostile interview. money, like music, has no colour- it's universal... Money is either gold or has no color, like Bitcoin. Money is a standard with a tangible value independent from global fiat, and not a pretty slug or a piece of paper. Green Since this is the American Heart Association, I don't know and don't care about money or the color of money. The AHA is about helping people, since it's a non-profit. If the interviewer disagrees with me, then obviously I'm interviewing with the wrong organization. Depends on what kind of money - and what country it's from. I'll make it whatever color you want me to say it is. After all.....It's only money. Show More Responses Lately ? Invisible. I'm flat broke buddy. - please hire me. It depends on the country issuing it Money is a concept. It has no color until it takes a form. Mint its rainbow color; when you have it, it shows your colors to others around you; when you don't, it shows colors of others around you. I thought it was gold colour, because gold is the greatest amount of money? Money is like electricity is something intangible, only imaginable by it's concept hence colorless. However, if you use cash approach, it can be of different colors based on the country you're in. Gold Whatever is accepted by my bank. Either Black or White, depends on how you earn it!! Show More Responses Assuming you are not color blind, green Casino, Credit Card and Traveller Cheque Greed! Depend on the way you have it. Chameleons is the color of money |

Pepsi or coke? 26 AnswersCoke! neither. Diet Pepsi or Coke Zero Show More Responses Neither, they are both products of a capitalist economy seeking to overrun the world with needless products that we are brainwashed into believing are needs; or did you mean powdered coke? NOW you're talking! Shall I close the door on the way out? c.o.c.k Assuming that you'd already made a decision to drink soda, I'd choose Coke just because it tastes better. Both have about the same amounts of calories, chemicals and 34 grams of sugar which will hurt your health the same way. The question is more fundamental I think, why drink soda in the first place? Water! yes, thank you. Coke, please. And a bourbon chaser to go with it. Thanks. ;>) Just soda water, please!! With lime if you have it. Me: Neither for me, but thank you for the offer. I fear one would be hazardous to my teeth and the other would lead to a short and rather brief interview. Wine! Well, since I work for Coke everyone assumes that is what I always drink, sometimes we need to surprise people by our answers and break down the established barriers. Actually, I'm a water, coffee and tea guy. Show More Responses Do you have Diet Coke / Pepsi? Neither, and I would recommend you not drinking it as well. The phosphoric acid in them has other excellent uses, such as cleaning toilets, etc :D If it's for clean toilet, any of them is good. Bud Light, please. It's an insurance company!!! They are looking for neither or water. If you drink either, then you are a health risk and a risk they don't want as an employee on their insurance plan. Personally, I can't tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi and I try to limit my consumption of soft drinks because they are unhealthy. If you compare the ingredients in in a can of Coke vs. a can of Pepsi, they are essentially the same, but everybody has their particular brand affiliation. That's really where these beverage producers excel: branding. And I think UnitedHealth could learn a lot from Coke and Pepsi in terms of branding and PR. The insurance industry in general isn't always seen in the best light and I think that's something I could really help with, marketing UnitedHealth's services so that customers have the same positive feelings they do towards Coke and Pepsi. Neither, High Fructose Corn Syrup is the scurg of our society!! water with no ice please. Given that this is a health insurance company, I would say that either of them is just as bad. This question may have as well been phrased "pick your poison", or "Camel or Marlboro?" But for the record, I prefer Dr. Pepper. Neither are part of a healthy diet. Show More Responses Are you buying? way too much time on your hands... Work ..(rhyme with coke) |

An apple costs 20 cents, an orange costs 40 cents and a grapefruit costs 60 cents, how much is a pear? 23 Answers20 cents because it is most like an apple. your numbers are off a bit..its apple = 40 orange = 60 grapefruit = 80..the answer is 40 cents because its 20 cents per vowel in the word...tricky but right... interviewed last week: your numbers are off a bit..its apple = 40 orange = 60 grapefruit = 80..the answer is 40 cents because its 20 cents per vowel in the word...tricky but right... --- IS not correct as gr-a-p-e-fr-u-i-t has 4 vovles that makes it 80 points, but in the question it says grapefruit = 60. Show More Responses I would say a "pair" of apples cost 40 cents, a "pair" of oranges cost 80 cents, and a "pair" of grapefruit cost 120 cents. a fruit is worth 10 cents for every space between a vowel and a consonant. orange= o/r/a/ng/e= 40 cents; a pear is worth 20 cents. How about this: it has to do with the color spectrum. A red apple, then an orange, then a yellow grapefuit, and finally a green pear. Each color is +20, so the pear is 80 cents. This question is meant to be asked verbally so what you hear is Pear but what they mean is PAIR. So the issue is can you think beyond past paterns or are you predisposed to thinking linearly. Oh yeah... a pair is 2. The price is as much as the market would accept and buy. The cost is the minimum, keeping with the product condtions one desire. It's not a math problem. What simple logic said. Just because there are numbers in the question, it doesn't make it a math problem. i agree with candicerate and alan. assume that they've given you complete and accurate information. Not possible to answer exactly with the information given. In Florida, oranges would be cheaper than apples, so we are talking about colder climates where oranges and grapefruits are not cultivated locally and you have to pay for transport. Since pears have similar climactic requirements as apples, they would be priced similarly. I went with the homophone answer (pear/pair) but wondered if the question was written or verbal. Then, I went with "it's whatever you say" because you set the market price wherever you want. I thought the other answers were excellent, and well thought out. Show More Responses They are probably looking at the different possible answers and gauging some answers as being smarter/ more creative than others. So there is no "right" answer but rather an insight into how the interviewee thinks. Or the manager is just weird. Who ever asks for a "pair" of apples or oranges? "Hey, Mac, gimme a head of lettuce and a pair of apples!" "Yeah, I'll give you a pair, pal." The correct answer is whatever the market is charging for single pears. Three unrelated data points cannot be used to infer another unrelated data point. Unrelated data doesn't acquire meaning just because it's recited in order. I know, I know, heretical... RstJ In what part of the world, what type of pear, in what season and in what currency? Pears aren't for sale. I PICK THINGS UP AND PUT THEM DOWN! my husband's answer (not in computer science): is this a job or a game show? A pear could cost anything between 10 cents to a dollar...as long as it is acceptable for a buyer in the fruit market...why bother about correlation between name of the fruit and its price...that said, whoever came up with correlation between vowels in the fruit name and the price, that was some really good thinking I would say that if you are going by vowels a pear having two vowels= 20, an orange has 3 vowels costing 40 cents and a grapefruit having four vowels =60. Then 20 would be logical. I think they are just looking for you to come up with a reasonable answer. I would laugh a little and than say well a Pear's price is primarily determined by supply and demand which is determined by a multitude of factors, thus with the given information, there is no way to determine the exact price of a pear simply because you have stated the price of other fruits. The original poster on this thread left out the original beginning of the question: "Under certain circumstances, an apple costs 40 cents, a banana costs 60 cents, and a grapefruit costs 80 cents. How much does a pear cost?" This is on the math-reasoning portion of the test so it's valid to approach this from a numbers standpoint. The first clause, "Under certain circumstances" invites you to look for those circumstances within the sentence - here, a correlation between the number of vowels and the price of the fruit. Doing this we come to a rate of 20 cents per vowel. So, like an ApplE, a pEAr costs 40 cents. It's free.. cuz the store where u bought this from had the offer ' Buy 1 qty of Apple,Orange and Grape Fruit and get a Pear Absolutely free' After reading this thread, I have decided not to continue with the interview process. What a bunch of stupid crap. Seriously? This is how they determine who can execute a project and give excellent customer service. SMH! |

How many minutes before 5pm is it if 30 mins ago it was four times as many minutes after 3pm? 11 Answers18 66 Could someone show their math on this please - I had trouble on this question. Show More Responses The correct answer is 24. 120 minutes between 3 & 5; 120 divided by 5 =24. 5pm less 24 minutes = 4:36pm 3pm plus 4 times 24 minutes (96 minutes) = 4:36pm You're forgetting the part where it says: "30 mins ago." It's not four times as many minutes since 3. 18 18 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. 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. 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 --> 4X --> 30 min --> X --> 5pm. So then algebraically, the equation is 4X + 30 min + X = 120 min. Therefore 5X = 90 or X = 18. 120 - x - 30 = 4 * x |

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If you have a vacant field and add one flower and the number of flowers doubles everyday and at the end of 45 days, the field is full, on what day is the field half full? 7 AnswersI offered a nonsensical answer Isn't the answer 44 days, one day before it doubles and becomes full? that's such a cool question, its actually the same day as you started...these google guys are good Show More Responses While the question is interesting, it is hardly germane to the position for which I interviewed. on the 45th day the field was full on the 45th day, but the question states the flowers double everyday. so if it was full on 45th day, it was half full on 45th day before it doubled the relation is based on the powers of 2. Its 2^n. so its day 44 which was the day before it doubled day | flowers 0 1 1 2 2 4 3 8 etc... 44th day |

How many minutes before 5:00 PM would it be if 50 minutes ago, it was four times as many minutes since 3 PM. 4 Answers1:30PM the correct answer is 14 minutes to 5:00pm which is 4:46pm. 4:46pm minus 50 minutes is 3:56pm. Since 3:56pm is 56 minutes from 3:00pm you would take 56 divided by 4 which equals 14. x is current time, y minutes till 5 pm ( 3 pm is 0 and 5 pm is 120 in time scale) x-50=4y; ie x-4y=50 x+y = 120 ie 4x + 4y = 480 5x = 530; x=106 which is 4:46 pm Show More Responses Draw a picture that looks like this: 3:00 PM + [4x] + [50 min] + [x] = 5:00 PM Basically, the two hours between 3 and 5 PM are accounted for by [5x + 50] So: 5x + 50 = 120 minutes 5x = 70 x = 14 min |

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 AnswersThere 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. Show More Responses 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. |

You have 2 buckets, one holds 5 gallons and one holds 3 gallons. How can you measure out 4 gallons of water? 4 AnswersFill the three gallon bucket. Empty it onto the 5 gallon bucket. Fill the 3 gallon bucket again. Fill the 5 gallon bucket to the top with the contents of the 3 gallon bucket. There is now 1 gallon remaining in the 3 gallon bucket. Empty the full 5 gallon bucket. Pour the 1 gallon from the 3 gallon bucket into the 5 gallon bucket. Fill the 3 gallon bucket. Add the 3 gallons to the 1 gallon in the 5 gallon bucket. You now have 4 gallons in the 5 gallon bucket. Fill the three gallon bucket. Empty it onto the 5 gallon bucket. Fill the 3 gallon bucket again. Fill the 5 gallon bucket to the top with the contents of the 3 gallon bucket. There is now 1 gallon remaining in the 3 gallon bucket. Empty the full 5 gallon bucket. Pour the 1 gallon from the 3 gallon bucket into the 5 gallon bucket. Fill the 3 gallon bucket. Add the 3 gallons to the 1 gallon in the 5 gallon bucket. You now have 4 gallons in the 5 gallon bucket. OR ----fill the 5 pour as much as you can in to the 3 This leaves two in the 5. Empty the three. pour the 2 gallons from the 5 into the three. fill the 5 then top off the 3 from the five. This leaves 4 in the 5 Show More Responses Fill up half way in both buckets. 2.5 + 1.5 = 4. |

What do you think of the team? 5 Answerswell team is a group of people consist to work together, to get the job done in appropriate way team is a group of people with different ideas working on a common goal Management is an art of getting things done with the help of formally organised group of people, that grp of people is a team who work for a common management/company/voluntary group objective. Show More Responses the team is a group of people who help each other to make the company success Working a project, a functional team is the one major key to success. |

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