The Truth Teller & The Liar


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EP  734  Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer another  of those tricky brainteaser questions that hedge funds use.

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. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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The “Not One Single Person Gets Off” Brainteaser (VIDEO)


There is a bus traveling to the Hay River full of people and no one gets off the bus throughout the journey.

Summary

I have another brainteaser in a long long time. I thought I would do want today and see if you would get the answer. Here's the question:

There is a bus traveling to the Hay River full of people and no one gets off the bus throughout the journey. When the bus gets to the Hay River, not a single person is left on the bus. How is this possible?

The trick in most brainteasers is that there is a keyword or phrase you have to listen to and catch before it sneaks by you. That is the key to answering the problem.

Were you able to spot the keyword in there?

The keyword in the question is "single." As in, "not a single person got off the bus."

The answer is it is because all of them were married.

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,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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Hedge Fund Brainteasers: How Many Typists Will It Take? (VIDEO)


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This is a quick little brainteaser. Hope you like it!

Summary

I found a brainteaser I hadn't done before! Here's the question: if two typists can type 2 pages in 2 minutes, how many typists will take the type 18 pages in 60 minutes?

Oooooooooooooh! The drama!

2. typists can type 6 pages in 6 minutes.

What you do is have 3 teams of 2 typists, each working in parallel and within 6 minutes to be able to type the 18 pages the required.

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,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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Hedge Fund Brainteasers: How Many Golf Balls Fit Into a School Bus? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 795 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer this hedge fund brainteaser, “How many golf balls would fit into a standard school bus?”

Summary

I've got another 1 of those tough interview questions. Now, I confess, neither the question nor the answer is one that I would've found without Google. The question is, "How many golf balls it a Standard school bus?"

I stumbled into this question on quora.com from someone who answered in this way:You make an assumption that the size of the bus is 35' x 7.5' x 6.5'. The volume of the bus equals 1706.25 cubic feet. One cubic foot equals 1728 Cubic inches. Therefore, 1706.2 5×1728 = 2948400 Cubic inches. Again, it is about the process. You can change the numbers anyway that you want.

The radius of a golf ball is .85 inches. Thus, the volume of a golf ball is for over 3 times pie times the radius of 3 equals 2.5 cubic inches.. The number of golf balls that could be accumulated in the bus is 2948400 divided by 2.5 Equals 1,179,360. However, assuming 25% of the space is occupied by seats in the bus, that really leaves about 75% of the space to accommodate balls. As such, 75% of 2,948,400 is 2211300. Thus, the number 2 million to thus, the number of golf balls that can be accommodated is 884, 520.

Notice that it all works with assumptions. That, at the end of the day, you are walking through a process starting off the size of the bus, determining the volume of the bus, translating cubic feet into cubic inches and, from there, progressing into the size of the golf ball, the volume of the golf ball, the number of golf balls that to be a common it bus and then noticing that there are Seats in there and making an assumption about them.

That's the process in; you can make up the numbers as you go along.

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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The Wager | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

P 788 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter poses a situation to you and asks whether you should take the bet.

Summary

I'm going to label this is tough interview question, but it is really ridiculously easy;. Here's the scenario. You go to a party with a friend. There are 10 people there including you and your friend. Your friend makes you a bet. For every person who has the same birthday as you, you get a dollar. For every person who doesn't have the same birthday as you, he gets $2. Should you take this bet?

I don't know what makes this tough. I know what sex people out about this question because it is ridiculously easy to the point of where you have to ask yourself, "Is it that obvious?" The answer is, "It is that obvious ."

The answer is, "No," you don't take the bet." Here's why.

The statistical probability is one in 365 that some will have the same birthday as you. The reverse is someone not having the same birthday as you 364/365. Unless you know in advance when someone's birthday is, unless you know there are some people there with the same birthday as you, don't take the bet.

Again, it is 1 of these dumb questions firms like to ask. I don't know why . Except maybe to psych you out with how obvious it is.

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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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? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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.

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 | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Ep 720 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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The Card Game Brainteaser | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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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How Many Quarters Does It Take to Stack Them Floor to Ceiling? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Ep 689 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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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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