Ethics 8 - Bus 315-004 Ethical Issue #8 March 4, 2011 The...

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Bus 315-004 Ethical Issue #8 March 4, 2011 The Hardest Job Interview Questions By: Cindy Perman CNBC.com It‘s your worst job interview fear: They‘ll ask you some absurdly hard question and instead of being the genius you sometimes think you are — you choke. A question like: There are nine balls, one of which is lighter. How would you find the lighter ball in two tries? These hard interview questions do happen. That one was actually asked during an interview for a job at Barclays. The point isn‘t to be a jerk or make you look stupid. It‘s to see how you think. ―It‘s their way of figuring out how you solve a tough problem,‖ said Gayle Laakmann McDowell, author of ―Cracking the Coding Interview‖ and CEO of a website that helps engineers and other technical types prepare for this type of hard interview questions. ―It helps to see how someone thinks creatively, how they think analytically,‖ said Rusty Rueff, a career and workplace expert for Glassdoor.com. And, let‘s be honest, it helps weed out the people who buckle under pressure. ―They‘re worried that they‘ll get a candidate who is potentially very bright. Great grades. But when they‘re given a tough problem, they break down and cry,‖ McDowell explained. ―The want a candidate who sees a tough challenge and says, ―OK, I can do that.‖ With that nine balls question above, there is a correct answer, McDowell explains: In the first step, you divide the balls into sets of three and weigh all three sets. One of those sets will be lighter, so now you know it‘s one of those three. In the second step, you weigh two of the three balls. If one weighs less, you now that‘s the light ball. If they‘re equal, you know it‘s the ball you didn‘t weigh. That‘s it — done in two steps!
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2011 for the course BUS 315 taught by Professor Powell during the Spring '11 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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Ethics 8 - Bus 315-004 Ethical Issue #8 March 4, 2011 The...

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