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Re: [newtech-1] Qz: Google finds its brainteasers were useless for hiring

From: Susan C.
Sent on: Thursday, June 20, 2013 5:12 PM
Because brain teasers usually take more time than the interviewer is willing to give; those who succeed in solving them quickly are likely to have seen them before.

A story (somewhat OT):  I had an interview in which I was given a brain teaser.  I said, "Oh, I've seen that one before", and gave the answer right away.  I was very pleased with myself because it had taken a while for me to get the solution originally. At the end of the interview I was told that I hadn't gotten the job.  I said "But I knew the answer to your puzzle".  And the interviewer said, "Yes, but you knew it before the interview".  Moral of the story:  given a brain teaser, act like you are figuring it out on the spot.

For those who would like to know the brain teaser:
A monk walks up a mountain, starting at 6 am and ending at 6 pm.  He prays all night on the top of the mountain and then walks down the mountain on the same path, starting at 6 am and ending at 6 pm.  Is there necessarily a point on the path at which the monk arrives at the same time of day on both days?

Susan

From: EddieN <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, June 20,[masked]:36 PM
Subject: Re: [newtech-1] Qz: Google finds its brainteasers were useless for hiring

Hallelujah! They've seen the light at last!
Eddie
~~ Sent from my Galaxy Nexus ~~ Android FTW ~~
On Jun 20,[masked]:44 AM, "Ashish Bakshi" <[address removed]> wrote:
Not terribly surprising, but nonetheless:

"'We found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time,' Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, told the New York Times. 'They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.'"

http://qz.com/96206/google-admits-those-infamous-brainteasers-were-completely-useless-for-hiring/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/20/business/in-head-hunting-big-data-may-not-be-such-a-big-deal.html?pagewanted=all

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