Apple, Google, Microsoft IT Job Applicants Tell All

Tuesday Oct 26th 2010 by Staff

Job applicants rate the difficulty of interviews at various tech companies and reveal some of the questions they were asked.

eWeek: If you're preparing for a job interview, it helps to know what to expect. In a recent survey of job applicants at large tech companies, respondents rated interviews at Amazon and Google as the most difficult, closely followed by Microsoft. Apple, HP and IBM tied for the easiest interviews among the twelve companies in the report.

What kinds of questions did they ask? Here's a sampling:

  • "If you are asked to design an elevator, what are things to consider?" — Project Manager
  • "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 the box it labels. 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?" — Apple Software QA Engineer
  • "Why are manhole covers round?" — Cisco Systems Commodity Manager
  • "Given an array of integers, find the maximum number that can be reached by summing the best possible consecutive subsequence of the array." — Facebook Senior Software Engineer
  • "Describe an orange." — Hewlett-Packard Software Engineer
  • "Find the anagrams in a dictionary" — Microsoft Senior Engineer
  • "Estimate the volume of water on the Earth." — Yahoo Senior Product Manager
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