“If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?”
As a candidate how cold does your blood run when you're asked a question like that in an interview?
The above question reportedly comes from Dropbox and it may come as no surprise that when Glassdoor.com ranked the 25 oddest brain-teaser type questions last year, 16 of them came from the tech companies - that's 64%!
So do they work? Do they predict anything?
I don't think they do.
Of course, for many years, Google was one of the tech companies you would most commonly associate with such quirky interview questions (you will have seen the film, "The Internship"!) However, it seems that even Google have abandoned them. Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President for People Operations at Google told the New York Times, "We found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time. How many golf balls can you fit into an airplane? How many gas stations in Manhattan? A complete waste of time. They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart."
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