"Who Is The Smartest Person You Know Personally? Why?"
When you are answering this question, you should give an example using anyone that you know, but you should always give at least one reason why you think the person is smart.
“The smartest person I know is my best friend, I think he is smart because he thinks 10 miles away from others, has an idea on almost every subject matter, there is no problem I have watched him faced that was not able to solve”
Why Are Manhole Covers Round And Not Square?
“First of all, a manhole is utility hole that is usually covered with round metals. Manholes are usually diagonal shaped. If it is covered with a square and held diagonally the lid can fall into the holes, but with a round cover it is protected”.
“Tracy’s mother had 4 children. The first child was named April, the second was named May, the third was named June. What was the fourth child called?”
When you are answering this kind of question, you should think it true before answering and not be in a hurry to give out the answer.
“The fourth child is called Tracy”
How many times a day does a clock's hands overlap?
As simple as this brain teaser sounds it could also be really complex. When interviewers ask this question, they are not necessarily looking for the correct answer, they rather want to know how you would think the process through.
When you are answering this kind of question, you should take note of the following:
Take your time to think about the answer
Take note of your thought process when you are answering the question
Show that you are capable of thinking through problems
You should also avoid the following:
Avoid blurting out your answer without thinking it through
Avoid saying I don’t know when you are asked this type of question, you should at least try
“Since we have 24 hours in a day, then a clock hand overlaps 22 times. This can be explained because the hand overlaps first at 12:00, 1:05, 2:10, 3:15, 4:20, 5:25, 6:30, 7:35, 8:40, 9:45 and 10:50 twice a day. You will notice that there is no 11:55 because the hands will not overlap at that point because the hour hand is moving toward 12 when the minute hand is at 11. Summing the same calculation up, you would notice that the clock hand overlaps 22 times”.
How do you test a simple calculator?
This kind of question is usually asked during IT related interviews. Interviewers ask this question to find out your thinking ability. So it is important for you to run the interviewer through your thought process.
“I would test a simple calculator by checking its functionality and its non-functional operations. I would perform simple mathematical operations on numbers and check for the correct result. I would also try using long strings of operations to see if it follows the normal principles. I would also try the basic functionality test by:
Dividing a number by zero and seeing the result
Try calculating the square root of a negative number and try comparing the result
Calculate mathematical equations on large numbers and see how the calculator handles them
Check the functionality of some buttons like; the back button and the clear button that should reset the calculator to zero.
Check for the screen display
You’re in a room with three light switches, each of which controls one of three light bulbs in the next room. You need to determine which switch controls which bulb. All lights are off to begin, and you can’t see into one room from the other. You can inspect the other room only once. How can you find out which switches are connected to which bulbs?
To answer this question, you have to be really tactical about it so that you don’t make a mistake, sit down and relax before you attempt to answer the question. Walk the interviewer through your thought process.
To solve this problem or answer this question, you have to name the switches. Let’s name the switches A, B, and C.
Leave switch A off.
Turn switch B on for ten minutes.
Then turn it off and quickly turn on switch C
Go into the room and inspect the bulbs
The bulb that is still warm but turned on is controlled by switch B. The one that’s currently lit up is switch C.
How would you determine the weight of an airplane without Scaling?
You can calculate the force of the airplane by finding out the thrust of the airplane engines.
You can find the acceleration of the airplane by calculating the change in velocity divided by the time interval. Then use the numbers in Newton's Second Law which states that the force of an object is equal to its mass times in acceleration.
Solve for mass by switching the formula to read: mass equals acceleration divided by force (m = a/F).
Experience-Based Interview Questions
Just as the name implies, experience-based interview questions are competency based interview questions that check if a candidate has the required experience to perform the job that the person is applying for.
In an experience based interview, the candidate is made to answer questions about his or her actions in a past employment situation. The interviewer is looking forward to hearing the candidate describe his or skills, achievement and experience and how they emphasize him/her as the best fit for the position.
Hiring managers use this question to assess if the candidate for the position possesses the right skills and abilities that are needed to perform the job using the candidate’s experience as a yardstick for measurement.
Tell us about what you have done to prepare for this job?
It is the goal of every employer or hiring manager to find the best hire that will fit into the position for which they are hiring. The interviewer will likely ask a candidate this question in an interview to find out if the candidate understands to a large extent the job he/she is applying for.
Since hiring managers look forward to hiring candidates that have the highest level of qualification, skill, and experience to perform the job. The candidate’s response should reflect that he/she has the right education, qualification, skill, and experience to perform the job.
When answering this question, you should focus on the following:
Your response should show that you understand the job that you applied for
Talk about courses and training that will help you perform the job better
Show how your experience makes you the best person for the job
You should avoid the following:
Avoid not talking about your skills and achievements that make you the best person for the job
Don’t forget to talk about other things that makes you the best person for the position
“Preparing for this position is one of the most important things that I have prepared for all my life. From a really young age, I have known that I would be doing something that has to do with people even if I had not clearly discovered it. As I grew older, I was able to identify that I was interested in employment/recruitment and personnel management.
“Understanding the role that humans play in the work chain I decided to study Human Resources and Personnel management as an undergraduate. Taking it further, I did my Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Personnel management. Meeting with other professional and knowing the core of Human resource practice is important in the practice. I took a certificate course in Human resources and personnel management.
While getting the required knowledge to perform excellently as a Human Resource manager, I have also gained over 8 years of experience in Human Resource practices. With over 4 years of experience working as a human resource manager in a manufacturing company, I know that it won’t be challenging for me to perform this role effectively”.