Two Hedge Fund Brainteasers That Use Deflection | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 781 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers two brainteasers that used a technique called deflection in order to trick you.

Summary

I have another 1 of those fun hedge fund questions that I think you will really enjoy. "You're driving a bus and tracking the number of passengers on the bus. At the 1st stop, the bus picks up 26 people. At the 2nd stop, 15 of those people get off the bus and 8 new passengers get on. At the 3rd stop, to passengers get off and 11 new passengers get on. At the 4th stop, 3 passengers get off at 4 passengers get on. What is the color of the bus driver's eyes?"

This is a hysterical question because it is an example of 1 of those questions used to deflect you. Do you happen to know the answer by the way? You should because it really starts off at the beginning of the question.

The beginning of the question starts off by saying, "You're driving a bus." So the answer is YOUR eye color that is the factor here. Understand, there are some questions you are going to be asked that are designed to deflect your attention.

Here is another example. Tracy's mom has 4 children. April, May and June. What is the 4th child's name?

Do you know that one? If you're like most people you think the answer is July. In point of fact, you are told at the beginning that it is "TRACY's mother." So the answer is Tracy. But there is a deflection there with April, May and June to make you think that there is a pattern.

Always try to recognize the question clearly. Always try to spot the deflection from the very beginning of the question to see whether or not it is designed to throw you.

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. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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How Many Square Feet of Pizza Are Eaten in the US Each Year? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 774 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 business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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.

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The “What Color is My Hat” Brainteaser | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP767 A wonderful little problem that will stump quite a few of you.

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. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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.

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Tough Interview Questions: The Truth Teller and The Liar (VIDEO)

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer another of those tricky brainteaser questions that hedge funds use — this one has two guards, One lies and one tells the truth and one question that you can ask. What is that question?

Summary

Today I want to offer up another 1 of those "wonderful" hedge fund questions. There are different nicknames for this one, but I'm going to call it, "the truth teller and the liar."

Here's the scenario. You walking down the hallway and see 2 doors with one guard in front of each door. The they both know the correct answer, but one always gives the correct answer and the other one always lies. You only have one question that you can ask. Who do you ask and how do you choose?

Remember, only one question.

Here's how to answer the question. The short version is, whatever answer you get, choose the opposite one. The reason for it is simple.

Here's the answer the question one. Again, you choosing the opposite of what you were told. The question that you have to ask is, "if I ask the other guard which door to open, what would he tell me?" That's the question you want to pose in order to figure out the answer.

If you ask the honest guard about what the other one would say, he knows that the guy is going to lie. The liar would tell you to go to the wrong door. Right? If you ask the longer the question, he is going to lie to you.. He is going to tell you the wrong answer.

No matter what, you have to go to the opposite door of what you are told.

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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Hedge Fund Brainteasers: Blindfolded at a Table | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Ooooh! A fun brainteaser!

Summary

I have 1 of those fun hedge fund is today. I'm going to read it and the answer off my screen. I'm going to give credit to a website,, thebrainteaserBible.com where I found this.

You are blindfolded and sit in front of the table. On the table and many coins, 10 of which have heads facing up. How do you split the coins into 2 groups such that the same number of coins are heads up in each group? You don't know how many coins there are. You cannot tell which coin is facing up in any way?

This is a two-step answer to it.. The 1st is that you take time coins from the group of coins you have. Let's say there are 50 points, you take 10. You take all the coins of the group of 10 and Turn them onto their opposite side. Now you're done. Here's how it works..

If there are 50 coins, and you separate them into 10, you now have a group of 10 and you now have a group of 40. Let's say there are 3 groups in the group of 10. There will be 7 in the group of 40. From the group of 10, There are 3 coins their heads, and 7 coins that are on tails. Turnover the coins in the group of 10. Now there are 7 heads and 3 tails. Now, there are 7 hands in the group of 40. Now there are 7 in each group.

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.

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.

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What’s the Probability of Two Dice Coming Up With Different Numbers? (VIDEO)

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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The Three Knights Brainteaser | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 754 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer this tricky brainteaser.

Summary

I love brainteasers. They suck during interviews because it is very easy to panic. That's often what a firm is looking for; that and the logic that you are using to dissect the problem. For me personally I enjoy the challenge. Here is 1 of the classics. I haven't done this 1 before but let's see if you can figure it out.

During medieval times when knights and barbarians for against each other, a man was captured and sentenced to death for allegedly befriending barbarians. The king however wanted to give him another chance and ordered him to his presence. He asked them to choose 1 of 3 knights who were present. 1 of the nights was the Knight of Life. He always tells the truth. The 2nd knight is the Knight Death and he always lies. The 3rd knight is the Knight of the Dungeon. He sometimes lies and sometimes tells the truth.

If the man chooses the Knight of Death, he will be executed before sunset. If he chooses the Knight of Life, he will be acquitted and set free right away; if he chooses the Knight of the Dungeons, you will spend the rest of his life in prison in the dungeon. This is the 1st time he's ever seen these 3 knights so we could recognize them and knew nothing about them. He is allowed to ask the knights one question each.

The man asked the redhaired knight, "What is the name of this blonde haired knight?" The reply was, "He is the Knight of Life." He asked the black haired knight, "What is the name of the blonde haired knight?" The reply was, "He is the Knight of Death." Then, he asked the blonde haired knight, "Who are you?" The response was, "I am the Knight of the Dungeon."

The man guessed correctly and let's see if you can.

Here's how to solve it. The redhaired knight said blonde was life. Red cannot be life. That would be a lie. The blonde haired knight said he was dungeon. He couldn't be life or that would be a lie. The black haired knight must be life. He said blonde is death which leaves red as dungeon.

That's the solution to the problem.

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.

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 Key to Answering Every Brainteaser You Are Asked on an Interview (VIDEO)

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer every hedge fund brain teaser job  interview question you are ever asked using the example of “how much money do I have to my pocket?”

Summary

Today, I want to teach you the trick to answering every hedge fund question that you are ever asked, every Wall Street brainteaser question that you ever asked. It's really very simple.

It goes back to the idea of Capt. Kirk, The Starfleet Academy and the Kobayashi Maru question. If you are not a Star Trek flat fan, let me explain the scenario. There is no win question that Capt. Kirk is asked. Every potential captain of the Starfleet ship is required to be placed in the position where they face death. What Capt. Kirk does is reprogram the computers in a particular way so that he is exempt from all the worst-case scenarios. He is able to defeat the systems by reprogramming the systems.

How does this deal with hedge fund questions?

What they are really looking for are a few things. (1) You want to watch a reaction to the question. So let me give you a classic question: how much money do I have in my pocket? How could you possibly know the answer that? Let's concede, you really don't know. What can you do?

You can pause, hesitate for a 2nd and say whatever it is that comes to mind. 9 times out of 10, through that they will ask a follow-up question. They may respond by saying, "That's right.." Or they may ask, "How did you come up with that? "

Then, you can follow up by saying a few different things. For example, "I doubt if you carry $20 in your pocket; I doubt if you carry $5 in your pocket. I doubt if you carry $5000 in your pocket. It seemed like a reasonable amount."

Whatever it is, in the case of a hedge fund, you don't necessarily want to shoot low because it may be insulting to the interviewer and you would necessarily want to shoot too high because why wouldn't they just have a credit card? Using that particular example,, what you want to do is very calmly and very simply respond, and then if they say,, "that's not right," you can answer by saying, "Are you sure? When was the last time you check what was in your pocket?"

Understand what they are looking for is creativity and creative thought, a degree of self confidence. They want to watch her reactions to see what your reactions are the situations, they want to see if you are flustered or not, whether you have reasonable explanations or not, and whether you have the confidence, self-confidence to respond firmly and with confidence to what they pose... That doesn't come from whether or not you have reasonable explanations and whether you have the confidence/self-confidence to respond firmly and with confidence to what they pose...And that doesn't come from the behavior.

That's the simplest way to respond to hedge fund brainteasers. Understand what they are really looking for ( in the case of how much money do you have an your pocket, some really do require some thought.) and take the time to think it through.

You can always say, "Do you mind if I have a piece of paper and a pen to work it through? They are not expecting that.. They're expecting someone who will reason it through in their head... Again, you are reprogramming the problems work for you. He said with a degree of self confidence and certainty, they can always respond by saying, "No,, you can always figure it out you had."

Again, it is your manner that they are really looking at. It is your self-confidence, it is your certainty that they are really looking at.. If for some reason this is a firm that is out of control, that really wants a lunatic, so be it. Maybe it is not for you.

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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A lifetime is not a long time

How Many Times A Day Do A Clock’s Hands Overlap? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP748 Another 1 of those fun 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 business life 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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Tough Interview Questions: The Two Ropes Brainteaser

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses one of those top 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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