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Oct 11, 2011
 You have 7 balls. One weighs more than the others (not significantly). You have a scale, like the scales of justice. Describe how to find the weighted ball only using the scale twice. 2 AnswersWeigh 3 and 3. If the scales are equal, you have the weighted ball in your hand. If they are not equal, you take the balls from the heavier side and and weigh 1 and 1. If the balls are equal you are holding the weighted ball in your hand, if not, you know which is heavier by the scales.BTW, there is a second solution: Separate out the balls into a group of 4 and a group of 3. Weigh just the group of 4 by dividing them into 2 and 2. Possibility A: If they are evenly weighed, you know the heavier ball is in the group of 3, and you can do the second weight from that group of 3. In that case, the second weighing should be 1 and 1 ball, keeping the third aside. If they are not equal, you will know which is the heavier ball. If they are equal, the ball you kept aside is the heavier one. Possibility B: If the 2 and 2 from the original weighing of 4 balls are not equivalent, you will know which is the heavier group and can weigh those two balls by individually in the second round to determine which is the heaviest ball.

### Mac Specialist (Apple Store) at Apple was asked...

Mar 31, 2009
 What is your biggest weakness?2 AnswersI feel my biggest weakness is that I tend to speak to fast sometimes, so I need to try and slow it down a bit.My biggest weakness is that I definitely try to over-extend myself sometimes. Working as a shift lead, I tended to try to do everything at once. When this happened, I try to calm myself down and just be relaxed.

### Mac Specialist (Apple Store) at Apple was asked...

Apr 13, 2009
 What do you think qualifies you to work at the Apple Store?3 AnswersI said that I grew up on Macintosh computers and that I was very comfortable using them and explaining how to use them. I also told them about my experience as a self-employed farmer selling oranges at a farmers market and how that had given me confidence and the ability to communicate well with customers and other people in general.I have had a Macbook Pro and an ipod for over 3 years and I am very comfortable learning new things on a Mac. Also, working at Starbucks provided me with the knowledge that working with a customer is all about providing legendary service. I know how to go above and beyond and how to talk to people without being condescending.Thank you for asking me that question. I currently have an I pad Mini, which i use all the time, which has over 16 gigabytes, i have purchased on line for apple products. I also have a IPHONE 5 that i also use all the time. with 16 gigabytes. I enjoy working with people i think of my self as a team player , love to net work, and do it most of the time, when i am out speaking with various musicians, on weekends at sport bars, or hotels. I always end up mentioning the app garage band, one of my favorite apps for musicians and singers. I also just learned how to install apple tv which i am loving right now, since i continue to go to seminars for apple. All the apple Employees have shown me great customer service, i can not complain the quality is their in the apple team. Why i feel i am qualified, well i feel that when i view a customer i listen to them, and try to feel out what they want. I also look at the budget the customer wants to spend. If a item is in the range of \$300 to \$400 dollars i am going to then offer them my support in finding the items that are in that range, with the best quality i can find for that price.

### Regulatory Specialist at Florida Department of Health was asked...

Sep 26, 2013
 What is your biggest professional fault???2 AnswersI thought fault finding was the manager's job. I told them that I was a workaholic.Staying in a situation that is not well suited to me. I'm usually the last person who will give up on you. I am addressing this fault,

### Agency Field Specialist at State Farm was asked...

Apr 29, 2009
 Where do you see yourself in 5 years?2 AnswersI really dislike this question, in reality people and goals change. I understand if you ask this question to a recent grad but asking a seasoned profesional does not make sense.This question is asked because the Agency Field Specialist role is a stepping stone to becoming a State Farm Agent. They are looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit that would like to learn from this role so he can have his own State Farm agency in the NEAR future (2 to 3 years).

Jan 30, 2014
 If you saw a coworker take a piece of gum, would you tell your supervisor?2 AnswersThis question was easy, just weird.Yes I would

### Photo Specialist at Walgreens was asked...

Jan 31, 2014
 Are you willing to work weekends, holidays, and overnight shifts? Tell me about a time that you resolved an issue for an unhappy customer. Do you multitask well? Can you keep up in a face paced work environment? Can you lift heavy objects? Are you willing to participate in charity community functions with other store associates on your free time? What is your definition of happy and healthy? How can you use your past experiences to benefit you in this new environment?2 AnswersJust say YES...Yes. Anytime

### E-Commerce Specialist at Merola Tile was asked...

May 13, 2013
 Some of the word problems were time consuming if you haven't done math in a long time. 3 AnswersI would like to explain our reasoning for the assessment questionnaire. Benefit #1- Any interview takes at least 15 - 60 minutes of a managers time. We do not wish to interview people for the sake of interviewing The fact that someone takes the time to complete the questionnaire shows their seriousness about their job seeking thus we are willing in return to invest our time to interview that person. Benefit #2- Most people have an average score on this test.. However is someone scores exceptional high or exceptionally low, it gives us some insight on the current capabilitites of that applicant.What you are saying makes no sense. First you schedule an interview, and then you are asking people to complete your test. Which means your manager will lose his/her time anyway.Interviews are not scheduled until the test results are reviewed. First, the aptitude test, then the interview.

### Emergency Management Specialist at NYC Office of Emergency Management was asked...

May 17, 2013
 "Why do you want this job?" "Why didn't you apply for job xxxxx?" 2 AnswersI wanted to get on board with the organizationHard place to get in.

### Brand Specialist at Amazon was asked...

Aug 23, 2012
 A company doesn't want to work with Amazon because of their loyalty to one of your competitors. You're in an elevator with that company's CEO, how do you convince him to work with you in 30 seconds?3 AnswersYou can't convince a CEO in 30 seconds. You need to instead figure out what the root issue is -- is he afraid to lose revenue with your competitor, etc. You need to build a case for why the CEO should meet with you again to really dive deep.Just the two of you in the elevator? 30 seconds? Hmmm...I would quote-"In this ever evolving world, Change is constant and species need to adapt it" and give him top 3 benefits the software has over its competitors and hope it makes a change.. 30 second is a small timeframe and the most you can do is open their mindset to our software..
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