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Can You Answer These 3 Questions from a Google Job Interview?

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Google is famous for many innovative ways of doing business, and for the way they conduct their job interviews. They’re notorious for asking brain-busting questions that make people think and that weed out the sort of candidates they’d like to hire – but can you answer some of them?

Let’s find out!

#3. Billiard Balls

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You have 8 billiard balls, and you know that one of them weighs slightly more than the others – how many weighings on the scales do you need to tell which is the heavy ball?

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#3. How many weighings will it take to figure out which ball is heavier?

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Only 2.

Divide the balls into 3 groups – two with 3 balls and one with 2. Weigh the groups of 3 balls first, and if they’re equal then you just need to weigh the remaining two balls against each other to figure out which is heavier.

If one of the groups of three outweighs the other, take any two balls out of the heavier group and weigh them between themselves. If they’re equal, the third ball in the group is the one you need.

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#2. Dead man in the desert.

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A man is found dead in the desert, a match clutched in his hand but no other traces or obvious clues. How did he die?

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#2. How did the man with the match die?

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This one tests how creative you are at coming up with backstory and possible scenarios Рin this case, a man was on a plane without enough parachutes and died from jumping to his death after drawing the short straw (or match).

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#1. 4 liters of water.

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You have 2 jars – one 5 liters and one 3 liters – and as much water as you need. How can you measure out 4 liters?

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#1. How can you measure out 4 liters?

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Fill the 5 liter jar, then pour it into the 3 liter jar. That leaves you with 2 liters in the big jar. Empty the little one, and pour those 2 liters into the now empty 3 liter jar.

Fill the 5 liter jar again, and pour until the 3 liter jar is full – you’ll only lose 1 liter, leaving yourself with 4.

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