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NetApp
Sustaining Engineer was asked...19 June 2011

Logic question - You are alone on an island with these items; cigarette lighter, cell phone, 2 fuse ropes Known: - each rope is consumed by fire in 60 seconds - you can't assume constant burn rate for any portion of rope, only total time - you can't cut ropes Problem: How to measure 45 seconds

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use your celll phone!!

-Light both end of RopeA = 30 secs -Bend Rope B in half, light both ends and the folded middle portion when rope A finish burning= 15 secs. Less

Light both ends of RopeA and one end of RopeB. When RopeA is consumed (30 sec), light remaining end of RopeB resulting in RobeB being consume 15 seconds later making a total of 45 seconds. Less

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Walmart

What would you need to do or accomplish to know you have arrived in life?

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We need to have better clarity between ambition and aspiration in our life. Ambition is a stationery goal and we would arrive at it as we have already set it as one of our goals and the moment we accomplish it we get confused as we don't know where to go further. In other case as aspiration is always dynamic (ex: becoming a best human being in the world) which would keep us busy always and avoids confusion. In essence aspiration should be enhancing perception to the level where we would arrive at self-actualization state that has been highly emphasized by Stephen Kovey in one of his best seller's books(7 habits of highly effective people) Less

We need to have better clarity between ambition and aspiration in our life. Ambition is a stationery goal and we would arrive at it as we have already set it as one of our goals and the moment we accomplish it we get confused as we don't know where to go further. In other case as aspiration is always dynamic (ex: becoming a best human being in the world) which would keep us busy always and avoids confusion. In essence aspiration should be enhancing perception to the level where we would arrive at self-actualization state that has been highly emphasized by Stephen Kovey in one of his best seller's books(7 habits of highly effective people) Less

We need to have better clarity between ambition and aspiration in our life. Ambition is a stationery goal and we would arrive at it as we have already set it as one of our goals and the moment we accomplish it we get confused as we don't know where to go further. In other case as aspiration is always dynamic (ex: becoming a best human being in the world) which would keep us busy always and avoids confusion. In essence aspiration should be enhancing perception to the level where we would arrive at self-actualization state that has been highly emphasized by Stephen Kovey in one of his best seller's books(7 habits of highly effective people) Less

BP

(1) Business case question has many different variables. (2) Also was asked about "career aspirations" which is odd because when asked it was clear this role has no career path within BP.

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Need to think broadly about all the different cost possibilities as well as ways to increase revenue Less

BGIS

Why Did you do Bachelor of Engineering

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hassen zineeddine

hassen

WSP

Why do you wanna work with the WSP sustainability team?

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I have been interested in sustainability since university when I was introduced to the concept and would like to be part of an organization with a dedicated sustainable team willing to make the changes required to fight the issue of climate change Less

Steven Winter Associates

What is your experience/ how is it applicable?

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Outlined my work experience. No questions on company fit, very little to go off of. Less

Trinity Biotech

I was asked about my familiarity with ISO or FDA regulations

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I have worked in the nuclear industry and with bio research so I am familiar with procedures for quality and government regulation. I told them that I did not work directly with the regulatory body but had to ensure my work and data recording methods were compliant with the company policies. Less

John Holland Group

Availability

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Immediately available

The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Questions ranged from very broad to very specific. There was a panel of 6 people, one of whom was incredibly confrontational and impolite to the point where others on the panel were uncomfortable.

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At the end of the interview, I found a way to ask if I would be working with her. Less

Orbit Group

What is your understanding of safeguarding and what experience have you had with it?

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As a former teacher, I had to have an awareness of safeguarding, in terms of the well-being and health of the pupils. We had regular training and updates on different aspects of safeguarding (e.g: neglect, physical/emotional abuse) and the process of reporting concerns. As an example during my time a teacher, I did have to report concerns on a child due to disclosure of incidents at the pupils home. I therefore followed the procedure of ensuring the pupils knew I could not keep it to myself, and then taking it to the safeguarding lead. Less

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