Fill 5 gallon, use it to fill 3 gallon. 2 gallons left in 5 gallon. Empty 3 gallon and fill it with the 2 gallons. Refill 5 gallon and use it to fill 3 gallon (1 gallon left to fill). 4 gallons left in 5 gallon bucket.
I suggested going in half.. 4 marbles each. The heavier group then divided 2 and 2, then 1 and 1. If it balanced, the extra is the heaviest. The answer was using 3 each. That would identify the set of marbles faster by one move.
The answer is 2. Group them into 3 marbles each. 1. Weigh any 2 groups first - Find the heaviest group. If both are equal then the 3rd group is heaviest. 2. Now follow step 1 with 1 marble and you can find the heaviest.
Show thought process. There is one interviewer in supply chain who likes these off-the-wall questions to ensure that the candidate has a thought process and shows it. I find the whole thing a bit absurd. Most questions are more typcial - strengths, weaknesses, give me an example of when you xxx
"6 miles per hour, 8 hours per day, 48 miles per day, 3000 total miles, 63 days give or take."
Ask my coworkers and supervisors for help with the problem. (The interviewer nodded to this answer, as if that was what he wanted or expected to hear)
I've been asked this many times as well and it seems that they are looking for your ability to be autonomous. First, search any knowledge base that the team has set up. Second, search open and archived tickets for possible solutions Third, Google Fourth, coworkers.
Find out the Printer's name/designation, check print queue to see if jammed/other error message. If no error, have use check to see if they can get to a network drive. If cannot, check network cable at computer and wall. If can connect, have them check their printer listing to see if there is a "stuck" document. Delete all documents in the queue, retest. Still no print? check printing from my location, if not printing, escallate to printer team for investigation of the queue.
Yes, on numerous occasions. We in the Industry are dealt surprises all the time from many angles. Having years of experience, I have worked successfully around problems and anomalies with minimal, if any, difficulties.