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15 Google interview questions to make you feel stupid

If you get an interview for the job of your dreams, expect to be mystified. Have a look at some examples.

A Business Insider reader yesterday asked a question about Google interviews, seeking advice on how to prepare for an interview with the firm.

The good news is that Google is desperate for entrepreneurial talent. That’s why the company keeps buying small startups.

The bad news:

  • In the US, Google prefers graduates from the four Ivy League colleeges.
  • It cares about your college grades, even if you’re in your 30s.
  • It wants people who want to change the world.

Lucky for the reader, Seattle job coach Lewis Lin put together a list of 140 questions his clients have been asked by Google.

Here’s Business Insider’s selection of the most challenging:

15 Google interview questions to make you feel stupid
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  • 01: How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?

  • 02: How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?

  • 03: In a country in which people only want boys…

  • 04: How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?

  • 05: Why are manhole covers round?

  • 06: Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco

  • 07: How many times a day do a clock’s hands overlap?

  • 08: Explain the significance of "dead beef"

  • 09: A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?

  • 10: You need to check that your friend, Bob, has your correct phone number…

  • 11: You're the captain of a pirate ship…

  • 12: You have eight balls all of the same size…

  • 13: You are given two eggs...

  • 14: Explain a database in three sentences to your eight-year-old nephew.

  • 15: You are shrunk to the height of a nickel…

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