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