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Was asked about my past experiences in the property management arena with an irate client and how I handled their issue.1 Answer
Replied I had a CEO yelling at me about work being done in the parking lot and his employees having to walk into the building through dirt and debris. I explained there was never a good time to do this task but I would keep him in the loop as to what we were doing on a daily basis. (Was already informing his employees (and him) on a weekly basis)
Give me a time when you dealt with an upset resident or customer and how did you overcome?1 Answer
When answering any kind of customer service question, make sure to present yourself as a patient problem-solver who is able to maintain a professional demeanor. Listen to the resident's issue fully and try to get to the root cause of the problem so that you can find a logical solution that diffuses the situation.
How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator?57 Answers
there is a considerable size difference ... answer was open the door and tell it to go in..
I would put my elephant in a giant meat locker--it's technically still a refrigerator.
Assuming the elephant is alive and must remain alive (until it freezes to death in the refrigerator), I like the idea of putting it into a giant meat locker. If it is not against the rules to kill the elephant, then all you have to do is cut it up into small pieces.
I would put its trunk in, nothing is said that the WHOLE elephant must be in the refrigerator
Not sure how I would get an elephant into a regular sized refrigerator, but I would definitely provide a good response by sounding out my thought process to the person interviewing me, then I'd ask them how large this refrigerator is, and I'd ask them if there were any concerns of the elephant getting too cold inside as I wouldn't want to promote anything harmful or detrimental to this animal that would look bad on the company I work for. How's that!!??
Is this a living animal, a chocolate figurine, or a stuffed toy?
This question can't be asked on it's own. First the interviewer would ask some other questions about large African animals and a refrigerator. For example, "how would you put a giraffe in the refrigerator?". The answer: open the door, insert giraffe, close door. Then, how would you put an elephant in the refrigerator? Open the door, take out the giraffe, insert elephant, close door. It's important to take the giraffe out.
bcm, closing the door would be completely unnecessary. :) open the door, insert giraffe. done.
It's all about problem solving and creativity. 1) Open door 2) Have elephant backup to the door 3) Show elephant a mouse 4) Elephant jumps backwards into refrigerator 5) Shut door
I'd use a really big blender: http://willitblend.com/
I tell this joke to my 6 year old niece all the time. The answer is: "Open the door and push really hard" Don't overthink it!
The same way you eat an elephant... one piece at a time
Why does everyone assume that the elephant is too large to go into the refrigerator? It could be a really small elephant, or a really large refrigerator. I have head this series before... bcm mentioned the first two questions in the series. Then it continues with, The Lion (King of the Jungle) calls all the animals to a meeting. All of the animals show up except one, which animal doesn't show? Well, the elephant, because he is in the refrigerator. Now, on your way back from this meeting you need to cross a river. This river is home to the deadliest man eating crocodiles in the world. You have no boat, there is no bridge... How do you get across? You simply swim across. All the animals except the elephant, to include the crocodiles, are at the meeting with the lion...
Robert is correct. there is a follow up question. How do you get a giraffe into a refrigerator? 1. Open door 2. Move elephant 3. Put giraffe in fridge 4. Shut door
Questions like this are symbolic of things that actually do happen in work environments. When asked how to put something very large into something that is typically much smaller than that object a lot of discussion can go in to how to accomplish it when in the end it can't be done. People do that in business all the time and end up wasting a lot of time. When confronted with a task like this it is better to reassess the goal before embarking on a path of impossibility. The question isn't 'find a way to put an elephant into a refrigerator', it's 'how would you do it'. A perfect example is the person who said cut it up into smaller pieces -- so you cut the elephant into a bunch of smaller pieces and then you still have the same amount of mass, just cut into smaller pieces. So you have wasted the time in cutting to then be faced with the same dilemma, which is how to get it in the fridge.
wood chipper, definitely.
Unscrew the jar of peanut butter. The elephant will go in by itself.
Build a refrigerator big enough to fit the elephant.
The entire elephant doesn't need to be inside of the refrigerator. It's all about perception. Allow me to demonstrate: Step 1) Cut a hole in the back of the refrigerator. Step 2) Put an elephant behind the refrigerator and have it put its trunk inside the hole. Step 3) Wait until my wife opens the refrigerator and screams "There's an elephant in the refrigerator!" While it's true that the whole elephant is not in the refrigerator, I also learned a little bit in the last 25 years of marriage. I know that if my wife says that there's an elephant in the refrigerator, that it's useless and counterproductive to contradict her on the details. My motto: "Shut up and live long." ;-)
Shrink wrap it, of course. or freeze dry it. Either one will work. Think outside the bun, people. Everyone is too serious with these questions. The interviewer is testing your sense of humor, dummies.
Desiccate the beast... Where do we get the elephant from? If it is real why would the owner be prepared to let me put it in a fridge? Is it real or just a kid's toy? Do I take the fridge to the elephant or the Elephant to the fridge? Adult or baby elephant? (if we just chop it up it's going to be the same volume so unlikely to fit in a standard refridgerator...If we assume it's a real elephant we could cremate it and put the ashes in a standard refrigerator. But no-one said it needed to be a real elephant - take a toy elephant and put that in a fridge.
Open the door, remove the giraffe, and then place the elephant inside.
It's for an office assistant job. If you want to get rid of the elephant you do like any other food you want gone, leave it out by the office coffee machine with a sign "free, take a piece". Then, assuming anything is left you pack it up neatly in a zip loc bag and put it in the fridge.
Easy-peanuts in a Commercial fridge room or fridge truck...
Seems to call for some fresh Jello in the fridge.
How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator? - very carefully - however the elephant wants
Me: Open the refrigerator and ask a few interns to push it in.
I am surprised nobody said this: "BY REMOVING THE HIPPOPOTAMUS". Fridge is SMALL enough to hold only one animal.
Outsource it to BRICK countries.
I would build an elephant-sized fridge.
Open the door of the refrigerator and ask the elephant to get in :P 'Keeping it Simple' technology !
Tell me if you've heard this one before ... 1. Get a pair of binoculars 2. Get a pair of tweezers 3. look through the binoculars backwards 4. Use tweezers to pick up elephants and place in refrigerator
Guys, you are all missing the point ... the question is relative .... everyone is assuming the elephant is actually a "real" animal ... my grandkids play with plastic zoo amimals all of the time (yes Virginia, your plastic elephant is real) .... the question can't be answered, you don't have enough information about the elephant ... so, before something can me moved from one location to another (e.g. into the 'fridge), you need specifics about that something
I would ask him nicely..to get into the refrigerator.
Cremate the elephant. The ashes would even fit in a dormitory fridge.
The same as you do when you spell "way" with an "F" in it.........
It depends on the size of the elephant (and if it's alive), and the size of the fridge.
I would ask why does the elephant need to be in the refrigerator. Shows that you just don't following orders without question. The interviewers answer can tell you a lot. If the elephant is a cake then it is not going to just walk in.
'How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator?' By putting it in there as soon as it is born or while it's still in infancy... I think the elephant is symbolic of potentially troublesome issue in business. You have to 'freeze' them or tackle them before they grow too big or else you'll just end up pushing very hard without results.
No problem. My refrigerator was designed to accommodate elephants. I also have an appropriately equipped and sized forklift since there's no way I would freeze the animal to death.
Its a pity all you people don't have jobs, because then you wouldn't have to be answering silly questions.
Um - anybody ask how big the elephant is??? Could be a Happy Meal toy for all we know!
I make a dish named elephant legs(chicken legs)..elephant juice(mango).. and place it in the fridge.. does anyone described ELEPHANT being an animal only!
I will tell some XYZ company to make a large refrigerator to accommodate a ELEPHANT so that it can get into GUINNESS WORLD RECORD.
just build the refrigerator big enough
Dessicate the elephant first. Without water, the carcass will fit without requiring a frozen food factory or reinterpreting the question allowing the elephant to merely stick his nose (trunk) in.
I would explain the functions and features of the fridge and how the would add to the quality of the elephant 's life, providing to him and his family. I'd offer to pick up the sales tax if he made the purchase today
You take a toy elephant and put it in the fridge. The interviewer did not specify what type of elephant.
The correct answer to this riddle/joke is... Interviewer: "How would you put an elephant in a refrigerator?" Me: "You Take the F out of way" Interviewer: ".....(pauses to think about it.) There's no F in way" Me: "Exactly!" explanation- There's No F in way= There's No F-in' way= There's no F-ing way= There's No F#*% way.
Just cut the HEEL from elephant.... ELEPHANT ---> PANT... Remove E,L,E,H from ELEPHANT...... ;-)
Open a refrigerator door, put it in and close the door
Place some peanuts inside.
1. Open door. 2. Insert elephant 3. Close door
Have something they like in there ?
How many different ways can you get water from a lake at the foot of a mountain, up to the top of the mountain?28 Answers
You don't really need to worry about it, because nature does it anyway. When water in the lake evaporates into the air, it forms cloud, then rains... yeah you know the story.
Pumpit, carry it, by will of God.
The easiest way would be to just pump it, but the variable costs of that can add up quickly over the long-term. The cheapest way I can think of is to create some sort of a siphon that runs from the lake, over the top of the mountain, and back down to a different spot that's lower than the lake. If you set it up right, you could drain a small amount of water at the mountain top and the siphon would still work.
Jesus guys. You're interviewing for DISNEY! Use some imagination. My favorite so far is people power. Set up a huge rotating conveyor belt with small buckets on it, that dip into the lake. A person hops on at the top, and rides it down. This would be great if all the jobs were at the bottom, or if they needed t odo something else at the bottom. It would be fun too! Other ways might be to boil it yourself! dig under a section of lake and start a huge fire with a big condenser tube over it. Have the tube curly cue all the way to the top of the mountain, condense up there, then drip out as nice cool, distilled water. Use your imagination. Be creative. None of you would have been hired for this job.
It's Disney... CGI effects! The water doesn't really get there, it just looks amazing to the public.
The three basic ways are as follows 1. Pull it up with suction, if the mountain isn't too high 2. Pump it up from the bottom 3. Carry it up But the number of ways to implement these three basic methods is unlimited.
Grab those buckets. Miss Disney is at it again....
Me: There are just too many ways to count, but If I were on the project, it would be the first one on my list that works.
The future Project Engineering Intern delegates project to Mickey, Minnie and Donald, who team up with IT and the Web departments to source their top talent. The end result: the SME's create an amazing interactive solution engaging the end user to figure out different options. Kudos for the special effects guys, says the Project Engineering Intern, who decided to work smarter not harder. He spent his time gaining valuable experience at Disney. The interviewer is now a Disney alumni as a result of asking vague interview questions. If you really think about it, the possibilities are endless.
Start a fire, the forest service will do it for you.
Id say off the top of my head around 9 million, but my favorite method would be to freeze it, take a third of the water on a one way jet to Agrabad and on the way, over the summit, drop off the load and that pesky tucan Gilbert Godfrey. Another third goes right into the cannon. The final third is cut in two, the first half is made into sno-cones and distributed to children going to the top of the mountain to see the Lion King exhibit on the ski lift, the remaining ice is placed in 8 oz. blue mason jars and hand carried by the seven dwarves second cousins (on the maternal side).
I would borrow the sorcerer's hat, find all the brooms he left laying around and reanimate them to carry buckets of water up the mountain. It would be magical!
Tell all the Disney cast members that there is a kegger at the top of the mountain, but the cover charge is a bucket of water from the lake.
Depends >>> '37'*37 '37373737373737373737373737373737373737373737373737373737373737373737373737' >>> 37*37 1369 And finally 37*37 can be solved easily as 37*37=(3*3)*100+(7*3+7*3)*10+7*7
Water can be in three forms, liquid, gas (vapor) or solid (ice). Any number of ways for each form as can be devised, but basic answer is 3 ways, in liquid form, in vapor form or in solid form.
The question was "how many different ways", not how. The answer is 1.
You could get a mouthful of water and then hike up the mountain and spit it out. You could drink as much water as you could and then hike up the mountain. You'd be sweating a lot by the time you got there and you'd probably need to pee by then. I like altaholic's idea. You could always set up a fan that blows air into a tube which contains water from the lake and then blows the moist air to the top of the mountain. Combine that with Lex's idea of condensing it at the top of the mountain. I liked Lex's other idea of the conveyor belt. You could throw rocks down the conveyor belt and use the power generated to pull the water to the top. Over time the mountain would get shorter and you wouldn't have to move either rocks or water as far.
thru motor pump or thru carryng with bucket
there are two ways to do that.. one is pumping it. the other is carrying with the bucket..
The water is coming from the top of the mountain, therefore the water source that feeds the mountain top water will replenish itself.
This may take a bit of time but, construct pools and rain catches at the top of the mountain. With adjustable dam like controls throughout the length of the downward grades. Using progressively small return piping to send the water back up the mountain and smaller pumps also allow for two pools (to be had at both top and bottom) to look like a self sustaining hourglass. Also the pumps and dam controls could be hydroelectric sooo that's a load off your power bill.
1) Pump It 2) Use an Elevator Rally system by allowing gravity to control the buckets of water as the travel to the top, empty, then fall back down. 3) Carry it
water evaporates, turns clouds and rain in the mountain
What's the underlying technology/development that permits multi-core processors to exist?3 Answers
Still not really clear what was being asked (this one came from the head of Ops), and still don't know the answer.
per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-core_processor: "A combination of increased available space (due to refined manufacturing processes) and the demand for increased TLP led to the development of multi-core CPUs."
The space-time continuam, obviously.
If a resident fell to the ground, would you pick them, up?5 Answers
proper answer is no....call 911
The proper answer is no, if leaving them does not place them in more immediate danger. The canned answer would be no, call 911.
No, unless the person is in immediate danger. I would call 911 and stay by there side until help arrives. I would continue talking with the person and make them feel safe.
if you lay on the floor with them while waiting on EMS it relieves their anxiety and they tell their children.
You guys are cold. I can see you laughing at them now
What are you salary requirements?3 Answers
i have an interview for the acquisition analyst position in AZ, is there any assessment test you have to take? and do they do background,education check and drug test? any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
Yes they did make me take an assessment test that is pretty thorough. They also do a full background check, drug test, and credentials.
Thank you very much for the quick response, i appreciate that.
Why do you want to work here?3 Answers
Because I want to be part of a large bloodsucking LTC company that uses and abuses it's workers and clients for every Medicare dollar it can suck out of the system. Then hopefully something will open at a good company and I will have had the worst experience of my career and will appreciate every minute at the new company.
Thank you for posting this. Extendicare is a horrible company that is only focused on profit and cares NOTHING for the employees or residents, only about money. They are corporate Nazis and will squeeze every bit of life out of you to get maximum productivity and boost profits to make the inner circle execs richer. I wish you the best in your career.
AMEN! HEADS IN THE BEDS! THAT IS ALL THEY CARE ABOUT. WHILE CORPORATE COLLECTS THEIR BONUS, THE EMPLOYEES ARE WORKING THEIR ASS OFF TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLE. THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE " 7.50 AN HOUR WORKER ", THAT IS DEGRADING TO CORPORATE. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM SCRUB A TOILET AND WIPE A PATIENTS BOTTOM END.
Given a word and a list of valid English words, return a list of all valid words that can be made by permuting the characters in the given word.3 Answers
I described and wrote pseudocode to build a trie from the list of valid words and then do a recursive backtracking search on it. That may have been overly complicated though.
This is the answer I could come up with. Correct me if i'm wrong. Assign prime numbers(don't include 2) to each of the alphabets(ex: a=3,b=5,c=7) Write a custom hash function which multiplies the values of the letters in the word. Hash the list of words given using this function. Each time the same key appears increase the count for that value. Now when the word is given, its permutation can be found in constant time.
Sort the given word. Use that sorted string as a key or comparator. Iterate through the raw list of English words, sorting each one and compare that sorted version to the given word's key. If they are equal, then add to a HashSet. One should keep in mind that the question asks for valid English words, which would never be long nor arbitrary. This means that the sorting of each entry would not be expensive. This should run in O(n) time, where n is the size of the list of valid English word.