Any companies still doing brain teasers?

New IqEp57
May 24 14 Comments

I thought that everybody long stopped doing them because Google says that data shows they are not a good indicator.

I got a phone call from a recruiter for Microsoft EMEA around 6 months ago and I got a brain teaser. I solved it but I attribute this to luck, I could just have not come up with the right idea.

What gives?

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  • Twitch sn729hskpq
    The recruiter probably just wanted to flex.
    May 24 1
  • Boom Technology DrtU65
    What type of brainteaser? Like how many balls are in a 747, I was asked a brainteaser a few weeks ago for a management consulting job. I was also asked a brainteaser for a hedge fund, but that was more of a quant style one

    "A lilypad doubles each day and on day 30 it fills the entire lake. There is a second lake of the same size that has 8 lillypads, how many days does it take for the second lake to fill completely"
    May 31 5
    • Here's the one I got: "There are eight balls. Seven of them weigh the same but one of them has a different weight (lighter). How do you find the lighter ball with two weighs?"
      May 31
    • Boom Technology DrtU65
      Wait you split them 3 3 2 and first weigh is 3 and 3 and if they’re the same then you weigh the 2 last ones against each other. And if the 3 and 3 one of them weigh more take that side so you have 3 balls, and take one against the other and leave the 3rd aside. I’m assuming they’re the balance scales.
      May 31
    • Ding ding ding you picked the right ticket in the lottery.
      May 31
    • Boom Technology DrtU65
      “ the owner of a brick factory has hired you to help determine which of the 10 lines in her factory is producing brines that are 1 lb lighter than the specificed weight of 10. Using the scale once how do you determine the which of the ten lines is producing the lighter bricks”

      Scale is like a bathroom scale, and I did not get this correctly. It’s an oracle question if anyone was wondering. But I got it in a MC interview
      May 31
    • Ez, just put 1 of first line, 10 of second, 100 of third, etc. Then you weigh the whole thing. Can do better by using first 10 prime numbers.
      May 31
  • Uber Gp42q5
    Sometimes interviewers ignore guidelines and ask whatever they like.
    May 24 0
  • Why is Google the be all end all of hiring, most of their shit is just needing bodies
    May 24 0
  • Cox Automotive Fake-name
    I've also heard of companies still looking at college transcripts even though Google says they aren't predictive for people after a few years of experience.

    I'm surprised that Microsoft would ask one still.
    May 24 3
    • Uber mH7bSe
      Doesn't Google also ask for transcripts?
      But yeah they probably will stop doing so cuz transcripts are racism.
      May 24
    • Cox Automotive Fake-name
      Sorry, I meant "actually care about transcripts" - not just get them to verify degrees etc.
      May 24
    • That's funny because Google US asks for GPA or transcript in all their recruitement forms for new grads. At least from my experience.
      May 31