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Ellyn Rosenthal

I agree with this article 100%! I wouldn't worry too much about the "right" way to answer these weird interview questions. Odd interview questions are just a new trend inspired by the question Google asks their candidates. Weird interview questions give absolutely no insight on whether or not a job candidate can perform the tasks and duties required for the position. I believe these questions are just a fad that will eventually become old.

April 28 2014 at 4:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hi Miriam,

Totally agree with most of the article. With brainteaser questions the employer is generally not looking for the "right" answer, but simply trying to see how you think and if you have a good head on your shoulders. They're just trying to bet a bead on who you are.

This is a another good article on brainteasers and how to deal with them:

But truth be told, a lot of companies are moving away from brainteasers since they don't really predict anything, and just focusing on classic behavioral questions.

Google even formally announced last year (in a NY Times article), that they've stopped using them interviews.

They've come a long way from the days when they used to post encryption problems on highway billboards to try and weed out recruits.

January 31 2014 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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