12.30.2010

From "15 Ridiculoulsy Hard Interview Questions"


I have no idea.

Source.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Apples and/or Oranges....enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Fruit

Anonymous said...

Grab the box labeled both apples and oranges. Since it is labeled wrong, what you pull out, label it. Then flop the other two box labels, since they are wrong. Simple deduction.

Anonymous said...

The fact that the boxes are mislabeled is a huge clue.

If you pull an apple from the box labeled apples. It has to be the mixed apple and orange box because it can't be the apple box since it is mislabeled. The only other box with an apple would be the mixed box. That leaves the boxes labeled mixed and orange. The oranges can't be in the orange labeled box, because it is mislabeled, so the apples are in that box and the oranges are in the box labeled mixed.

There are 6 possible combinations in this case, apple from apple, apple from mixed, apple from orange, orange from apple, orange from mixed and orange from orange. I've given the solution for 1. The other 5 follow the same logic pattern.

How do you like them apples?

Double Fake Johnny Appleseed and Gladys Knight and the Pips

Anonymous said...

Tell us the answer, Mzcrapola - knower of all things.

Anonymous said...

I would tell the interviewer to forget it....stupid question.

xocheeta said...

First, create a chart
Wrong Label: Real Label:
A/O A or O
O A/O or A
A A/O or O

With this in mind, I would open the box labelled Apples/Orange because it will NOT have the combo inside. Let's say that you pull out an apple, you now know it's the "Apple" box. That removes the possibility of the orange box being mislabelled as apples. It also removes the possibility of the second box being apples

Wrong Label: Real Label:
A/O A
O A/O
A A/O or O

Finally, since the second box is A/O, that leaves only the possibility of the third box being Oranges.

Wrong Label: Real Label:
A/O A
O A/O
A O

Voila! Case solved.

Anonymous said...

This box may contain apples and/or oranges would be my answer.

If I was giving an interview with this question and got the answers
11:49, 11:52 and 12:57 are giving, out the door they would go. Simple is best.

Ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

In the problem it states "The boxes have been incorrectly labeled such that no label identifies the actual contents of the box it labels."

Some of the answers are assuming that the labels denote apples, oranges, or apples/oranges (even if labeled incorrectly). It clearly states in the problem you can't identify the contents by the labels....so your elaborate answers and brilliant deductions are BS.

Depending on the job your interviewing for, those BS skills might just be what the company is looking for :)

Anonymous said...

Go to the box labeled "apples and oranges" and pull out a fruit.

If you get an apple, you know that box is just apples because all boxes are labeled incorrectl­y so it therefore cannot be apples and oranges.

Since both of the other two boxes must also be incorrect, you know that it's not just a matter of swapping this box's label with the apple box. The box labeled "oranges" must also be incorrect. So the box labeled "oranges" is apples and oranges, the box labeled "apples" is oranges and the box labeled "apples and oranges" is apples.

Similarly if you draw an orange, you know this box is just oranges, the box labeled oranges is apples and oranges and the box labeled apples and oranges is apples.

xocheeta said...

If you go to the site, this question was for a job application for "Apple - Software QA Engineer" position. In reality, they do want the real answer.

Anonymous said...

Why waist time? I would just look in the box.

Anonymous said...

2:19 is in sales. No matter what it is, you've got to have it.

Anonymous said...

6:07 With all the time you'd save, you could brush up on your spelling skills.

No, wait ... you don't have any spelling skills.

Nevermind.

Anonymous said...

Some of you just have wayyyyyyy to much time on your hands! lol

xocheeta said...

The one that I thought was stupid was, "If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?" this was for Goldman Sachs - Analyst position. Is this assuming that a giant doesn't turn the blender on high speed?