Don't know how many piano tuners there are in the world? You can't work for Google then.

4 November 2009

google_logo It seems that if you want to get a job at Google HQ, you need to have a pretty wide and peculiar knowledge base. A list of 140 questions that potential employees will be asked by the online behemoth has oozed on to the internet.

Naturally, some of them are the basic, standard questions that you’d expect to be asked as part of any application process (‘Why do you want to join Google?’; ‘What do you know about Google's product and technology?’) but scroll down the list and they start getting more and more weird and wonderful.

In short, Google seem intent on sorting out the wheat from the chaff by subjecting each and every candidate to a full-on headfuck. The full list is here and our favourites are as follows…

How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?

You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?

Every man in a village of 100 married couples has cheated on his wife. Every wife in the village instantly knows when a man other than her husband has cheated, but does not know when her own husband has. The village has a law that does not allow for adultery. Any wife who can prove that her husband is unfaithful must kill him that very day. The women of the village would never disobey this law. One day, the queen of the village visits and announces that at least one husband has been unfaithful. What happens?

How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?

A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?

You have five pirates, ranked from 5 to 1 in descending order. The top pirate has the right to propose how 100 gold coins should be divided among them. But the others get to vote on his plan, and if fewer than half agree with him, he gets killed. How should he allocate the gold in order to maximize his share but live to enjoy it? (Hint: One pirate ends up with 98 percent of the gold.)

Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco.

Google then. Unlike Bitterwallet, they won’t just employ anybody.

TOPICS:   Technology


  • Pizza_D_Action
    So what are the answers then?!?!?
  • MrRobin
    The hotel and losing fortune one is because you're playing monopoly!
  • Anon
    Answer to all above: "Just Google it."
  • newbie
    Surely the corrrct answer is to use google to find the answers...
  • BBDH
    Answer to Q2? Duck.
  • Someone's m.
    Nah - the answer to question 2 is... Lie under the blades and poke your dick up.
  • Amanda H.
    I thought my employer was fucked up in the head.
  • cheapskate
    Q1 - are there any fat kids on the bus?
  • Kevin
    I don't know why this is seem as so bad? It's what you saw rather than the 'correct answer' you give that shows what sort of a person you are. I'd guess if you're so up tight you won't answer them they don't want you.
  • Haleema
    Ha ha ha hahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Its quite fun actually.
  • Joe
    My best stab at the blender one ... If I'm shrunk down to about a mm in height (and Im assuming my other dimensions as well, or I wouldn't fit in the blender to begin with), I'm going to have the mass of like, a speck of dirt. I'd sit on the blades, wait for them to start, and ride the updraft out of the blender.
  • Natalia
    the question regarding shrinking in size and being thrown in a I would hope my i-phone shrank as well.....that way i would whatsapp, facebook and call my contacts in request for them to get soemone to turn the bloody power off in my neighborhood. It's my last shot really...better than doing nothing!

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