Want to work at Google? Then you’d better be ready to answer some very strange questions — like how many golf balls you can cram into a school bus, or why manhole covers are round.
Landing a job at Google is like hitting geek gold: You get your hands on some of the world’s most high-profile tech innovations, you get to work in a swanky office with cool toys and free food, and you get to personally invade the privacy of millions of users every day.
Okay, I’m (more or less) kidding on that last one, but you get the idea: A gig at Google is an object of desire, and it’s something not so easy to attain. But what exactly does it take to get inside those closely guarded walls? This week, we’re getting a rare glimpse into the process.
An “interview coach” from Seattle has just released 140 questions he swears are regularly used in Google job interviews. They range from the mundane — “Why do you want to join Google?” — to the incredibly strange.
Here are 12 of the oddest ones from the list (and no, we are not making these up).
1. How many golf balls can you fit in a school bus?
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