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### Product Analyst at Stockamp & Associates was asked...

Nov 17, 2009
 Problem Solving #1 - Given a 5 gallon bucket and a 3 gallon bucket with no measures. Measure exactly 4 gallons. 2 AnswersFill 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.fill each bucket up halfway...

### Technical Support Engineer at HealthEdge Software was asked...

May 29, 2012
 If you had 9 marbles, all the same size. One is heavier than the rest. You have a balance scale. How do you determine the heavy marble in the least number of moves. 2 AnswersI 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.

### Supply Manager at Whirlpool Corporation was asked...

Mar 18, 2009
 How many days would it take you to cross the US by bike.3 AnswersShow 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."Until I floated to heaven to see Jesus !!

### IT Helpdesk at ResourceOne was asked...

Oct 11, 2011
 What would you do if there was a problem that you didn't know how to solve off the top of your head?2 AnswersAsk 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.

Oct 8, 2011
 A fair die is rolled, you will be given the amount in dollars, equals to the number that shows up on the die. Up to how much dollars you will pay for playing once?2 AnswersExpected value is 3.5. So any amount < \$3.5, gets you a profitwould it be better first to ask how many sides the die has? and what the number of each side is?

Oct 8, 2011
 Five guys, all of different ages enter a bar and take a seat at a round table. What is the probability that they are seated in ascending order of age? (clockwise or counter-clockwise)3 AnswersProbability = 1/12p = 1/12010/5*4*3*2*1=1/12

### Help Desk Analyst II at Bonneville Power was asked...

Jun 14, 2012
 How would you diagnose a customer's inability to print on their network printer?1 AnswerFind 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.

### Technical Recruiter at Excell was asked...

Apr 21, 2010
 What would you do if you have a hiring manager who doesnt want to talk to you about his job? 1 AnswerTalk about approaching your manager and also checking with HM why hesitant? If you dont have job details, you cannot get him the best of bests.

### Systems Engineer at CBS TV Distribution was asked...

Mar 5, 2012
 Have I ever encountered difficulties which resulted in delays?1 AnswerYes, 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.

### Data Management Consultant at Thomson Reuters was asked...

Feb 10, 2010
 all the questions can be answered in the format specified by the interviewer.1 Answersituation - action - results
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