Archive for January 7th, 2011

If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and trapped in a blender, how would you get out?
That might sound like a ridiculous question, but to a job candidate—at least one reportedly applying for a job at Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS – News) — it might actually be an important one.
Glassdoor, a job-posting and community site for job-seekers, has compiled a list of the oddest interview questions of 2010, and that zinger—reportedly from Goldman—wins the number one slot. “Interviews can be an extremely nerve wracking experience, and by shedding light on the process we hope to give job seekers a leg up in their next interview,” says Robert Hohman, co-founder and CEO of Glassdoor.
Glassdoor combed through 80,000 interview questions shared by job candidates on its site to find the wackiest queries. Glassdoor is not able to independently verify that these questions were actually asked, or who asked them.
BNET contacted all of the companies who made top 25, and among those who responded, none were able to confirm the origin of the questions. But none of them denied that the questions had been used, either (though some said these questions were not part of a standard set used by all interviewers), and some even offered a possible explanation as to what kind of answer the interviewer was after.
Think you’re prepared for your next interview? Well, if you can answer these, you probably are:
1. If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?
2. How many ridges are there around a quarter? (Reportedly from Deloitte)
3. What is the philosophy of martial arts? (A spokesperson for Aflac (NYSE: AFL – News), where this question was used, says she hopes the candidate quoted Kwai Chang Caine from the 1970s TV show Kung Fu: “I seek not to know the answers, but to understand the questions.”)
4. Explain to me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years (Reportedly from Boston Consulting)
5. Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are (Reportedly from Capital One (NYSE: COF – News))
6. How many basketballs can you fit in this room? (Reportedly from Google (NasdaqGS: GOOG – News))
7. Out of 25 horses, pick the fastest 3 horses. In each race, only 5 horses can run at the same time. What is the minimum number of races required? (Reportedly from Bloomberg LP)
8. If you could be any superhero, who would it be? (Reportedly from AT&T (NYSE: T – News))
9. You have a birthday cake and have exactly three slices to cut it into eight equal pieces. How do you do it? (Reportedly from Blackrock Portfolio Management (NYSE: BLK – News))
10. Given the numbers 1 to 1000, what is the minimum number of guesses needed to find a specific number if you are given the hint “higher” or “lower” for each guess you make? (Reportedly from Facebook)
11. If you had 5,623 participants in a tournament, how many games would need to be played to determine the winner? (Reportedly from Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN – News))
12. An apple costs 20 cents, an orange costs 40 cents, and a grapefruit costs 60 cents. How much is a pear? (Reportedly from Epic Systems)
13. There are three boxes. One contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled such that no label identifies the actual contents of its box. Opening just one box, and without looking in the box, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly? (Reportedly from Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL – News))
14. How many traffic lights are in Manhattan? (Reportedly from Argus Information and Advisory Services)
15. You are in a dark room with no light. You have 19 grey socks and 25 black socks. What are the chances you will get a matching pair? (Reportedly from Convergex)
16. What do wood and alcohol have in common? (Reportedly from Guardsmark)
17. How do you weigh an elephant without using a weigh machine? (Reportedly from IBM (NYSE: IBM – News))
18. You have 8 pennies. Seven weigh the same, but one weighs less. You also have a judges scale. Find the penny that weighs less in three steps. (Reportedly from Intel (NasdaqGS: INTC – News))
19. Why do you think only a small portion of the population makes over $150,000? (Reportedly from New York Life)
20. You are in charge of 20 people. Organize them to figure out how many bicycles were sold in your area last year. (Reportedly from Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB – News))
21. How many bottles of beer are [consumed] in the city [in a] week? (Reportedly from Nielsen)
22. What’s the square root of 2000? (Reportedly from UBS (NYSE: UBS – News))
23. A train leaves San Antonio for Houston at 60 mph. Another train leaves Houson for San Antonio at 80 mph. Houston and San Antonio are 300 miles apart. If a bird leaves San Antonio at 100 mph, and turns around and flies back once it reaches the Houston train, and continues to fly between the two, how far will it have flown when they collide? (Reportedly from USAA)
24. How are M&Ms made? (Reportedly from USBank)
25. What would you do if you just inherited a pizzeria from your uncle? (This question comes from Volkswagen (Stuttgart: VOW.SG – News). A spokeswoman for the company tells BNET while the question is certainly not standard, the company’s business analysts often have to take over and manage projects started by other people, so this question may have been a manager’s attempt to see how a job candidate would run a project they ‘inherited.’)
Surprisingly, it really is possible to hit these questions out of the park. In our next post, we’ll show you how. In the meantime, what was the weirdest interview question you were asked, and how did you answer it?




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The world learned a lot more about Facebook’s financials recently as the privately-held company accepted a very public investment of $450 millionfrom Goldman Sachs, yet found a loop hole tostay private for now and avoid transparency.

On Thursday night’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart went to town on the hypocrisy.

“Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t want to be transparent?” Stewart said. “The guy whose immense success was founded upon mining our personal data?”

It is ironic that Facebook won’t go public, especially considering clips Stewart procured from a 2008 conference where Facebook founder Zuckerberg said one of the site’s missions was to push people all over the world to share more and more information. Stewart gave an idea of what that would look like:

Facebook wasn’t the only person on Stewart’s list. He also blamed Goldman Sachs for finding yet another loophole to avoid SEC regulations. He even went so far as to unfriend them on Facebook.

“Oh Goldman,” Stewart sighed. “Is there any regulation’s intent you can’t subvert?”






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Family Guy Heroes & Meg

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new years survey!!

what did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
nada spectacular.

did you keep your New Year’s resolution, and will you make more for next year?
I do not bother to make them waste of time.

did anyone close to you give birth?

did anyone close to you die?
Yes, sadly I lost my mom-in-law to cancer.

what countries did you visit?

what would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Money, lol my sanity.

what date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Our trip to St. Austine Florida …. we always have fun there and we needed to have some fun.
My daughter getting to see Lady Gaga in concert.

what was your biggest achievement of the year?
expanding my business.

what was your biggest failure?
not keeping my cool.

did you suffer illness or injury?

what was the best thing you bought?
wow not sure will say off the top of my head more books.

whose behavior merited celebration?
my family …. the way we all stick together man we rock.

whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
my own at times.

where did most of your money go?
getting all our credit cards paid off.

what did you get really, really, really excited about?
going to our trip to St. Augustine.

what song will always remind you of 2010?
Bad Romance by Lady Gaga

Compared to last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? happier
– thinner or fatter? fatter
– richer or poorer?  a wee bit more richer

what do you wish you’d done more of?
relaxing more I guess oh and read more.

what do you wish you’d done less of?

what was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you in 2010?
nada really.

did you fall in love in 2010?
I fall in love with my hubby every single day since the day we met. Yeah all those years ago.

how many one-night stands?
Nada man I am faithful we both are to each other.

what was your favorite TV program?
Bones, Castle, Supernatural, Fringe OK I have more Hawaii 5-O, the Big Bang Theory I will stop here yep there are more…lol

do you hate anyone now that you didn’t last year?
man hate such a strong word. no i do not hate

what was your greatest musical discovery?
not sure maybe Keisha my daughters fault lol

what did you want and get?
I pretty much got what I wanted

what did you want and not get?
the lotto numbers

what was your favorite film of this year?
did not see any new movies

what did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
um chilled with hubby & daughter

what one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
the lotto number FTW man ….selling and moving on out

how would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
LMFAO man oh man what fashion I am all about jeans and T-shirts

what kept you sane?
my hubby, my daughter, yeah and my pets.

what political issue stirred you the most?
I am done following this crap

who did you miss?
a few people

who was the best new person you met?
no one really

tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
to budget myself better …. budget works keeps me grounded.

if you could sum up 2010 in three words, what would they be?
it sucked ass

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Ghostbusters Meets Inception

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A homeless man whose silky announcing voice has catapulted him to national fame reunited Thursday with his mother, recorded a commercial for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and agreed to do voiceover work for MSNBC.

Video posted by The Columbus Dispatch shows Ted Williams walking quickly toward his 90-year-old mother at their New York reunion. Williams says, “Hi, Mommy. Hi, Mommy,” when he sees her in a hotel for the first time in about 20 years.

Brooklyn resident Julia Williams covers her face as her son approaches, and he hugs her, saying, “I feel the same way, Mommy.”

“I’m home,” Williams says. “I told you I was coming this year. I don’t look the best, but I’m home.”

Williams, 53, was left homeless after his life was ruined by drugs and alcohol, and he was living in a tent near a highway in Columbus just days ago. He quickly became an online sensation after the Dispatch posted a clip of him demonstrating his voiceover skills while begging by the side of the road.

Williams appeared on NBC’s “Today” show Thursday morning and has been offered jobs by the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and others.

At the reunion, he wore a camouflage jacket over clothes that he told his mother are all that he owns and said he just finished doing a commercial for Kraft Macaroni&Cheese that is to air Sunday during the Fight Hunger Bowl on ESPN.

Williams recorded voiceover promos Thursday for MSNBC’s Lean Forward campaign, and the spots were to begin running immediately, network spokeswoman Tanya Hayre said. He was being paid for the spots, Hayre said, but she declined to say how much.

Williams also taped an appearance on the NBC late-night show hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon, who told him his voice “is golden.” Williams recounted his tale of discovery while panhandling on the streets of Columbus, joked about his fondness for “Today” host Matt Lauer and became teary-eyed when he discussed recording his first commercial for Kraft.

In the reunion video, Williams’ mother refers to him as “my prodigal son,” and when she tells him, “Please don’t disappoint me,” Williams responds, “I’m not, Mom, I’m not. I’m through with it all.”

“You always told me to pray, and I’ve been praying,” he says. “This has been a dream, a dream and a prayer.”

On the “Today” show, Williams described his previous 48 hours as “outrageous.”

“There’s no way in the world that I could have ever imagined that I would be — I mean, just have all of this just all of a sudden come into this portion of my life,” he said during a live interview in the program’s studio.

But he said he was ready to handle the second chance and the job offers he was being given and predicted that in five years he’d be working as a radio program director and living in his own apartment. He said in 2010 he found a “new sense of spirituality” that would help him deal with whatever success comes.

Williams was contacted Wednesday by the Cavaliers, who have offered him a position that could include announcing work at Quicken Loans Arena, the team’s downtown facility. Williams said the team has offered him a two-year contract and would pay his living expenses.

“They said that they’re going to give me LeBron’s old house,” Williams joked on NBC on Thursday, referring to former Cavaliers star LeBron James, who left for the Miami Heat.

It’s been a shocking turn of events for the golden-voiced Williams, who had gotten by living in shelters and occasionally with family and friends over the past few years. Williams also has been in his share of trouble. His past includes a lengthy list of arrests. He has served time in prison for theft and forgery and has been cited with numerous misdemeanors, including drug abuse.

He was most recently arrested on May 14. He pleaded guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor theft charge. In court records, his address is listed as “Streets of Columbus.”

Williams acknowledged his record during the “Today” show appearance and explained that he turned to crime so he could afford his drug habit.

Upon learning of Williams’ criminal history, the Cavaliers said their offer still stands.

“We believe in second chances and second opportunities,” said Tracy Marek, the team’s senior vice president of marketing. “The gentleman deserves an opportunity to explain certain situations. We’re not jumping to conclusions. It’s not fair.”

Williams said his life began spiraling downward in 1996, when he began drinking alcohol “pretty bad.” He used marijuana and cocaine and lost interest in his radio career. He wound up on the streets despite the best efforts of his children, seven daughters and two sons, who live in the Columbus area.

Williams said he celebrated two years of sobriety around Thanksgiving.

“I just hope,” he said, “everyone will pray for me.”



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