'HOW MUCH TOILET PAPER WOULD YOU NEED TO COVER TEXAS?'... YOUR ANSWER COULD IMPACT A POSSIBLE GIG AT GOOGLE
Google, the internet search giant, requires job applicants to answer trivia questions and riddles.
Author William Poundstone reveals his secrets in a new book, "Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google".
He describes several interview questions that he claims will increase an applicant's chances of not only getting hired by Google, but anywhere.
Poundstone lists several of the brain teasers that are said to be used by actual Google interviewers, from 'How much toilet paper would you need to cover Texas' to 'Can you swim faster in water or syrup?'
Whether a job applicant can answer the question or not, he advises it's best to ask follow up questions to show that you recognise what is being asked.
GOOGLE'S BRAIN BUSTERS
Why are manhole covers round?
How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?
How much toilet paper would you need to cover Texas?
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?
How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?
How many vacuum cleaners are made a year?
Using only a four-minute hourglass and a seven-minute hourglass, measure exactly nine minutes - without the process taking longer than nine minutes.
Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco.
How would you devise an evacuation plan for San Francisco?
What number comes next in this pattern? 10, 9, 60, 90, 70, 66
Can you swim faster in water or in syrup?
A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?
How many times a day do a clock's hands overlap?