Tough Interview Questions: The Card Game Brainteaser (VIDEO)

 

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter poses a fun hedge fund brainteaser question set in a casino.

Summary

I want to bring you 1 of those hedge fund brainteaser questions that are designed to frustrate you, annoy you… And this 1 is an easy one.

Let me give you the scenario. You're at a casino. There's a card game that you're gonna play with the typical deck of 52 cards. The way the game works is if the dealer gets to black cards, it goes into their pile. If you get to read cards, they go into your pile. If there is a black and a red, they go into the discard pile.

The casino says to you, "How much do you want to play this game for?" Indirectly, you are being asked, "How much do you want to win?" "How much are you willing to put at risk?"

The question comes down to, "do you think you can win this?" Do you think you can wind up with more cards than the dealer here?

The answer, interestingly enough, is, "No." No matter what you do because of the discard pile, you and the dealer are always going to wind up with an identical number of cards. There's no point in playing the game. Thus, the amount that you want to wager is 0. After all, what's the point of sitting there for long periods of time, knowing that no matter what you do. You can't win anything and you can't lose anything?

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What’s the Probability of Two Dice Coming Up With Different Numbers? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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Ep 727 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer this brain teaser, “What is the probability of two regulation dice coming up with different numbers?”

Summary

We are going to do 1 of those fun hedge fund questions. Let's see how you do. You have a pair of dice. They are regulation. Perfect. Un-tampered with.What is the probability that you are not going to roll a pair?

We start by trying to figure out what the possible combinations are that might exist. How many different sorts of numbers might exist. The answer is 36, by the way.. Then we start looking at the number of possible pairs that we have. 1 and 1.. 2 and to. 3 and 3. You get the idea. 6 possible pairs.

6/36 is 1/6 Is the probability of rolling a pair. If 6/36 is the probability of rolling the pair, that means that 5/6 is the probability of not rolling a pair.. You have is 5/6 probability of not rolling a pair.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching.

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How Many Quarters Does It Take to Stack Them Floor to Ceiling (VIDEO)

 

Here, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers this hedge fund brain teaser question,  “How many quarters would it take to make a stack from floor to ceiling?”

Summary

I want to talk with you today about 1 of those WONDERFUL hedge fund questions. That just leaves people scratching their heads. Here's the question/situation. How many quarters would it take to stack these quarters from floor to ceiling?

Believe it or not, there is a logic to asking this question that America to get into right now. I'll simply say that what you do is walk them through your thinking and you say to them, "My best guesstimate is floor-to-ceiling is about 10 feet now. From there, is about 12/4 to an inch. " From there, you basically say, "It takes about 12 quarters times 12 inches times 10 feet is approximately 1440 quarters."

Again, you are walking them through it by saying, "there are 12 quarters to an inch, 12 inches to a foot times 10 feet and you have 1440 quarters."

The idea is about the reasoning process. Some people will freeze a question like this and they want to see how you reason things through.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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The Two Ropes Brainteaser | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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Ep 713 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses one of those tough hedge fund brainteaser questions, the two ropes problem.

Summary

Today, I want to pose what for some of you are frustrating and for others of you annoying hedge fund brainteaser questions and provide you with the answer for it. Today's question deals with this scenario--you have 2 ropes and a lighter. You'll be asked to measure out 45 minutes BUT the ropes can burn at varying speeds. So, for example, one rope might burn halfway in 5 minutes and the other in the remaining 55. You don't know which is which. You just know that you have to measure out 45 minutes with these 2 ropes in a lighter. How do you go about doing it?

One rope (let's call it Rope A) you light at both ends. Rope B only light at one end. At the end of 30 minutes, the 1st rope is going to be done. Now with the 2nd rope lighting at the other end so that now both ends are burning. By the time that one is exhausted, 15 minutes has elapsed. That's how you're going to measure out 45 minutes of time.

Just repeat, the 1st rope is lit at both ends; the 2nd rope 1 end. After 30 minutes, the 1st rope is gone. Now light the 2nd rope from the 2nd end , and 15 more minutes has gone by.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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The Two Doors Brainteaser

The Two Doors Brainteaser (VIDEO)

 

In this video, Jeff Altman, The. Big Game Hunter offers an answer to the classic brainteaser. “You have two doors and two people that you can ask questions of. One always tells the truth. One always lies. You can only ask one question of one of the people. What’s the question you ask?

Summary

I got 1 of those hedge fund brainteaser questions for today-- The Two Doors Question

There are 2 doors. Behind one door is a job offer; behind the other door is all the pain-and-suffering in the world. There are 2 people outside of them. One is someone who always tells the truth;; one is someone who always lies. You can only ask one question of 1 of; what is the question you should ask in order to figure out which door it is?

Here's how it works:

Let's say you pick 1 of the guards and you ask, "What with the other guy say is the correct door to go through?"

If the other person is the liar, he would tell you the wrong door. If he is the truth teller,. He is going to tell you the correct door. If the other person is the liar, he would tell you the wrong door.. If he is the truth teller, he is going to tell you the correct door.

If the person you've asked the question of is the honest one, He will point you to the room door. After all, he is talking about liar. If that person is also the lawyer. He is also Going to point you to the Wrong door. Whichever door they pointed to. It's the opposite one that you go through.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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Who Would Win a Battle Between Batman and Spiderman? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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Ep 703 There are a few ways to answer this question.

Summary

NOTE: in the introduction to the show, I said this was a podcast about Batman versus Superman.. It is actually about Batman versus Spider-Man.

This is asking too many interviews, supposedly Stanford University asks this question. I will give you a few different answers to it. Again, the question is, "Who would win the battle between Batman and Spider-Man?"

One way to answer the question is to be confrontational. This is not an ideal way to do it unless you're going up for sales job. If you are, demonstrating that there are nonsense questions that get asked is it the better approach. If that is the case, you might just simply say, "I'm curious. What are you trying to evaluate for by asking this question? I'm happy to answer it, but I'm curious what you think you're going to learn by knowing whether I think Batman or Spider-Man will win a battle. Whether I can analyze the superpowers of the 2 characters and apply them and analyze them… You'll learn one from that?" In terms of sales jobs, that is not a bad answer.

However, for other positions, certainly there are technical roles where appearing to have lots of joy when answering questions like this can go a long way toward getting you hired because they are sending a message with a question like this. The message can be. We want to throw you off your game and see how you respond to it. The message can also be "we are a little goofball around here. So we want to see how you respond to it."

Either way, you have to have a certain amount of clay to your answers so that you can go, "yeah! Batman. Spider-Man. I happened to be Batman fan (or I happened to be a Spider-Man fan) so my spiky senses would anticipate…" And you would go through a certain amount of joy and excitement in answering the question. Especially, for very technical jobs, that is not a bad approach. They are looking for someone who is "geeky." Someone who kind of like stuff like this. Enjoy it! Get off on! Have some fun with it.

Again, in sales jobs, no, I think confronting the question is a good one. I don't think for most positions, like if you are an accountant, or a controller and your asked this question, deathly confronted. What will they learn that actually is useful to them.

In certain professions, be a fan for a second where there is an association with "nerdy" or "geeky" or highly analytical behavior and thought processes. Let them see you get nerdy and geeky and analyze certain superpowers.

At the end of the day. Here's 1 of the fun ways to answer the question-- "I don't think they would ever fight. I think that within a short period of time, they would team up with Robin (if Robin was still alive because Robin has been killed off in the Batman comics). I think they would team up and be a great great crime-fighting duo and never really do battle.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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The Card Game Brainteaser | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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Ep 697 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter poses a fun hedge fund brainteaser question set in a casino.

Summary

I want to bring you 1 of those hedge fund brainteaser questions that are designed to frustrate you, annoy you… And this 1 is an easy one.

Let me give you the scenario. You're at a casino. There's a card game that you're gonna play with the typical deck of 52 cards. The way the game works is if the dealer gets to black cards, it goes into their pile. If you get to read cards, they go into your pile. If there is a black and a red, they go into the discard pile.

The casino says to you, "How much do you want to play this game for?" Indirectly, you are being asked, "How much do you want to win?" "How much are you willing to put at risk?"

The question comes down to, "do you think you can win this?" Do you think you can wind up with more cards than the dealer here?

The answer, interestingly enough, is, "No." No matter what you do because of the discard pile, you and the dealer are always going to wind up with an identical number of cards. There's no point in playing the game. Thus, the amount that you want to wager is 0. After all, what's the point of sitting there for long periods of time, knowing that no matter what you do. You can't win anything and you can't lose anything?

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

How Many Times A Day Do A Clock’s Hands Overlap? (VIDEO)


Another 1 of those fund brainteaser questions that are asked by hedge funds and others.

Summary

How many times a day do a clock's hands overlap? I'm going to walk you through the way to solve the problem and then give you an answer.

The way it works is (this is a math formula), in T hours, the minute hand completes T laps. In the same amount of time, the hour hand completes T over 12 laps. The 1st time the minute in our hands overlap, the minute hand is completed one more lap than the hour hand.T=T/12 + 1. That means the 1st time it overlap occurs after T/11 hours or 1:05 AM.

It therefore follows that the 2nd time they overlap the minute hand completed 2 more laps than the hour hand. we can then conclude that T = T/12 + n.

Since we have 24 hours in a day, the equation can be solved for n.

24 = 24/12+n

24 = 2 + n

n = 22

The hands of the clock overlap 22 times a day.

The mass translates at the overlap at:

12, 1:05, 2:11, 3:16, 4:22, 5:27, 6:33, 7:38, 8:44, 9:49, and 10:55 and midnight.

Remember that they repeat themselves for the next sequence.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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The Two Doors Brainteaser

The Two Doors Brainteaser | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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Ep 684 Jeff Altman, The. Big Game Hunter offers an answer to the classic brainteaser. “You have two doors  and two people that you can ask questions of. One always tells the truth.  One always lies. You can only ask one question of one of the people. What’s the question you ask? 

Summary

I got 1 of those hedge fund brainteaser questions for today-- The Two Doors Question

There are 2 doors. Behind one door is a job offer; behind the other door is all the pain-and-suffering in the world. There are 2 people outside of them. One is someone who always tells the truth;; one is someone who always lies. You can only ask one question of 1 of; what is the question you should ask in order to figure out which door it is?

Here's how it works:

Let's say you pick 1 of the guards and you ask, "What with the other guy say is the correct door to go through?"

If the other person is the liar, he would tell you the wrong door. If he is the truth teller,. He is going to tell you the correct door. If the other person is the liar, he would tell you the wrong door.. If he is the truth teller, he is going to tell you the correct door.

If the person you've asked the question of is the honest one, He will point you to the room door. After all, he is talking about liar. If that person is also the lawyer. He is also Going to point you to the Wrong door. Whichever door they pointed to. It's the opposite one that you go through.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

START YOUR 7 DAY FREE TRIAL TODAY

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Huh?

How Many Square Feet of Pizza Are Eaten in the US Each Year? (VIDEO)


What a delightful question! With an acknowledgement to Yahoo! Finance and Business Insider, I walk through answering this one.

Summary

The question for today is, "how many square feet of pizza are even in the US each year?"

I want to give credit to Yahoo! Finance for carrying an article from Business Insider from 2015 that walk through a way to solve this.

The solution is really about talking out loud and being plausible. Ostensibly this is a question that Goldman and a number of other firms ask on their interviews . But, I want to be clear, the exact answer isn't the important thing. It's the process that you go through that is.

Here is what you do:
Listen to the question very carefully and if you're unsure about something ask for any sort of clarification that you think you need or if you need additional information.
From there, use a launch point.

Here's how to go through it.

If there are 320 million people in the US, how many square feet of pizza do they eat each year? To get the number, you have to figure out how many of these people actually eat pizza each year. For the sake of simplicity, startup of the round number. So, you would say, "Let's say there are about 200 million pizza eaters and that is about two thirds of the total US population. I may be being conservative but round numbers are always easier to work with." You say that out loud.

Once you have the actual population of pizza eaters you need to have the rate of pizza consumption per person. Work with the assumption of 4 slices of pizza per person per month. In other words, 48 slices per year. That can be way off, but it's a reasonable guess. Again, it's logic that matters, not the numbers.

Now, translate pizza slices into square feet. Estimate the area of a triangle. So take the base times the height and divided by 2. If the pizza slices 6 inches at the base and 10 inches long, the area is 30 inches. Multiply 30 in.² by 48 slices per year and you have the average square inches eaten per person-- 1440. Multiply that by 200 million and you have 288,000,000,000 in.² of pizza.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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