Are you smart enough to work at the top 10 companies in Silicon Valley? Try “the Impossible Interview to see if you can make through the process of interview of the most prestigious companies in the Silicon Valley. But before you can get a chance to work for any of the Top 10 companies in the Silicon Valley, you must go through the interview process that doesn't consist of questions like, 'What's your greatest strength?' Instead, nervous applicants are asked to deconstruct puzzles like: "You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown in a blender. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?
Here are sample head scratchers that top 10 companies in Silicon Valley interviewers might throw an applicant's way. Can you solve them?
Q) How many Ping-Pong balls would fit in the Mediterranean Sea?
Q) Can you swim faster in water or syrup?
Q) When there’s a wind blowing, does a round-trip by plane take more time, less time, or the same time?
A recent article in Forbes magazine shares the secret to landing a job at the Top 10 Silicon Valley. Applicants go through rounds of interviews with a variety of seemingly odd questions twisters and tales. While the questions may appear unconnected, they are really trying to gauge the following:
- Whether you know your field of expertise;
- Whether you can apply what you know in an unfamiliar context; and
- Whether you can make “creative” leaps to arrive at a solution;
Are you open to new ideas? Do you think in flexible ways?
The first approach that pops into your head is going to be wrong. In an interview a good approach is just to say, “Well, I think the obvious approach would be this, but that’s probably not going to work, and then give your analysis of why the obvious approach fails. That gets you talking. You want to avoid dead air. And usually once you analyze how one thing’s wrong, that’s a good first step towards just brainstorming various other strategies. They like to see people who are very free with ideas, even if they’re half-baked.”
The Impossible Interview contains more than 40 questions quiz asked at the Top 10 companies in Silicon Valley with their answers. Do you think that you are smart, creative and intelligent enough to pass the interview process at the Top 10 companies in Silicon Valley?
Let’s see how you do…
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