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Propulsion Structural Analyst was asked...29 July 2015

When a hot dog expands, in which direction does it split and why?

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It splits along the slits I put in it before I started to grill. Clearly you need someone that knows how to grill. Less

The stress in the circumferential/tangential direction is always larger than the stress in the axial direction, so it splits in long seams down its length rather than in hoops around its circumference. The equation for hoop stress is pr/t, whereas the equation for axial stress is pr/2t. It is a good exercise to derive these equations yourself. Less

It splits in the path of least resistance. It expands & cooks proficiently where resistance is greater, yet achieves desired results. Much like I will do as a member of your team. And as a comforting side note, although my confidence in my abilities is apparent and justified, my co-workers have never labeled me a hot dog. Less

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Goldman Sachs

If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?

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As a strategic consultant I would say "I don't know but I'll find out how it can be done and if not, why". I would then analyze the situation (which I did) and found the average pencil is 6" tall and the average blender is 7" from the center of the blade. If you change the measurements to feet, I am about 6 foot and could simply reach up and pull myself out. If you are 5 foot tall you could jump 1 foot in the air and do the same. Of course this would be followed by a long list of assumptions but given the one sentence question... that seems fair : ). Less

Ask the government to bail me out, hyoh!

Quite simple. A pencil is taller than a blender is wide. Sit on the bottom, place your feet against one wall and your back against the other wall with your hands down at your waist and pressed against the same wall as your back. Use opposing forces between your feet and hands/back to inch your way up. In rock climbing, this is called "chimeny-ing". Less

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Aksia

If you had a machine that produced $100 dollars for life what would you be willing to pay for it today?

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I already have the machine, why would I pay for it??

I would not pay anything. Only the Federal Reserve can legally produce $100 dollar bills. Less

Why is this considered a top 10 odd interview question? It's a basic accounting question that applies to any applicant at a financial institution. Let's assume the proper phrasing of the question is "If you had a machine that produced a free $100 dollars per year for life, what would you be willing to pay for it today?" Given that Aksia is a financial firm, they're basically asking what is the present value of a perpetuity with a $100 annual payment. PV=pmt/r where: PV=PResent value PMT= payment per period r= discount rate Given current US fed reserve discount rate is 0.75%, the Present value of such a device would be $13,333.33 Answer varies obviously if discount rate changes or if proper phrasing was meant to be $100 for a different time period. Less

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Yahoo

Question was asked: "If you were on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would you bring?"

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1. Iron Man Suit. 2. Not necessary. I have an Iron Man Suit. 3. Not necessary. I have an Iron Man Suit. Less

Michael Phelps, a saddle, and a gold medal on a stick

1) A fully equipped and provisioned yacht, a nice 100 foot model, something I can land a helicopter on. 2) A helicopter to land on my yacht. 3) My lovely wife. Less

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Acuverco Pharmaceuticals

Describe yourself

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I also have paid 8k for th institution .Can we take legal action

Not 8k its 18 k

Yeah..! Take legal action

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Mu Sigma

"estimate te total amount of data traffic in a railwaystation"

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Google

25 horses, 5 race tracks. How many races you have to run to select top 5 horses.

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You guys are not doing CS! 10 runs is my answer. 1. randomize 5 groups, each of 5 horses 2. rank them within each group, I will use Anuradha's notation (5 races) 3. pick the best of each group, race to figure the 1st place, call it A1 (1 race) It should be clear, it wins all times, every one lost once. 4. remove it. substitute 2nd best in. repeat 3 (in my eg. A2,B1,C1,D1,E1) now you have second place. keep going, you get the first 5 and ranking! So, 5+5=10 races in total. Less

The answer is 9. Assuming: - There's no time measuring (stopwatch), just relative places. - The horses perform consistently. - A maximum of 5 horses per race. First we need 5 races (A to E) to get relative scores for all 25 horses. Let's take a worst scenario: the list was already ordered (A1 fastest and E5 slowest), so race A contained the top 5. The 6th race would be the winners of the 5 races (A1, B1, C1, D1, E1), and would give A1 as the fastest of all. This would also mean that some horses can be excluded (only 4 more places to fill): B5 C4, C5 D3, D4, D5 E2, E3, E4, E5 For the 7th race, A2 would replace A1, and A2 would be appointed as the runner-up (of all). We also can exclude some more (only 3 more places to fill): B4 C3 D2 E1 For the 8th race, A3 would replace A2, but as E1 has been excluded, we got a vacancy. Let's add C2 for worst case scenario. The winner would be A3, and we can exclude more horses (only 2 more places to fill): B3 C2 D1 At this point there're only 5 horses who have not yet been classified or excluded, so the winner and runner-up of the 9th race would give 4th and 5th overall. Less

Anuradha's solution still has problems. (Even if we go with Anuradha's assumptions that you can only race one horse per track, and also assuming that we don't have a stopwatch and must compare horses placing positions) What if the fastest five horses are A1, B1, C1, D1, and E1 ? In Anuradha's second step, he elminates two of the fastest horses (D1 and E1) . He's assuming that A2, B2, or some of the other horses from the other heats are faster, but he hasn't actually tested to see if that is true. Less

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Google

Do you have any questions?

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read the topics mentioned in the mail you have received from Google reg interview. Be ready for any google's product analysis. Present your views proactively. It will be so friendly interview that you wouldn't feel that you are actually going through it. They check thought processing speed and different thinking. Relax and give your best. Less

I got a call from the HR within a couple of hours confirming that I'm through to the next round. I think the official mail came in about a day or two. Less

oh ok i'm yet to get that call from HR though the interview went good.

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Sahara India Pariwar

Document submission and verification Introduction->Skills->family->Interests->Work Experience->Why sahara

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Till now no call from Sahara after interview.

No,not yet

Yes i was also told that they will call at the end of this month. Just waiting for their call. Less

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BlackRock

You have a birthday cake and have exactly 3 slices to cut it into 8 equal pieces. How do you do it?

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Assuming the cake is square: slice 1: cut horizontally to create 2 equal pieces slice 2: cut vertically to create 4 equal pieces slice 3: line up all 4 pieces of cake side by side and cut horizontally to create 8 equal pieces. don't stack, it will ruin the frosting. Less

Slice it horizontally across the middle creating two equal halves top and bottom. Then simple two slice cross from above like normal. Less

Cut each slice into 3 slices. Then eat one of them.

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