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Business Operations Analyst was asked...2 February 2011

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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Zocdoc

What is your least favorite thing about humanity?

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inane interview questions

The kardashians

Answering stupid questions from moronic interviewers.

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JetBlue

1)Tell me what you know about JetBlue? 2) what do you like or dislike about your current employer? 3)tell me a time you went out of the box for a customer? 4) tell me a time an employee didn't do their job and what did you do?

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I also interviewed at the LIC headquarters on October 5th 2015 and got an email that ask for DOB and SS# and there was an email stating that there was an issue with the link that was given and that we should wait for the next day which would've been Oct 9th. Then just yesterday Oct 21st I got the email stating they got my info and that they appreciated my patience in this matter.. So I'm sure it's just a matter of time for the background check to happen Less

I just got the e mail that tey received my information. I guess the next step is background check. Less

Interviewed at the Long Island City base for the Ground Ops part time position on Monday October 5, 2015. No call back yet. Received an email with a link on the 8th requesting my ss# and DOB. Waiting for feedback. Less

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Capital One

Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are.

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One number lower than whoever came up with this question

about a 5.6719151431

I am within two standard deviations from the norm...

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Capital One

CASE: Cross-selling Credit Insurance to Cardholders direct mail: .50, 1% response rate, avg balance $1000, 5% claim insurance, etc. Profitable? How make more profitable? What if response rate doubled but claims doubled? Make chart of profit curve, what does it mean if..., etc.

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@ ghachla: The response rate is 1% that is 1 out of 100. I assumed 100 people are sent the mail. Hence the response rate is 1. As for the claim rate, the people who don't respond can't make claims. So out of the people who respond, the claim rate is 5% (i.e 1 person responds in 100 and out of that 1, 0.05 make the claim); Or to make it more clearer, if we assume 10000 people are sent the mail, 100 respond (because of the 1% response rate) and 5 out of the 100 make claims (because of the 5% claim rate). Less

Thanks for your response and guidance. I knew the revenue is monthly, but i thought claim rate is also monthly and hence calculated profit for each credit insurance sold per month. In light of your clarification Profit per card insurance per year = (10*12)-50-50 = 20$ per year If we chose to calculate per month, we will need to consider monthly claim rate as (5/12) and also amortize the marketing expense over next 12 month. Profit per card insurance per month = 10-(50/12)-(50/12)= (20/12)$ per month The profitability equation (per card per year) = 120x-10xy-50 For calculating any of the break even rates (x or y assuming 1 is known), 120x-10xy-50 = 0. For graph, P = 120x-10xy-50 Let me know if my analysis/answer is accurate and up to the mark. Thanks a lot for all your guidance. Less

Looks like I left out the price of the insurance: customers would pay 1% of monthly balance for insurance. Less

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Amazon

If in a room there are 10 persons and if each person has to shake hands with all other then total how many hand shakes will be there

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10C2=45

10(10-1)/2

simply formulas: n*(n-1)/2 (n-1)*(n/2)

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Capital One

You have the choice between using first class or third class mail for a letter you are sending out to potential customers. First class costs $0.50 per piece and reach 100% of potential customers. Third class costs $0.40 per piece and reaches 80% of potential customers. Which do you use?

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either one is good. For example, you will reach 0.8 person by spending $0.4. If divided 0.4 by 0.8, we get that we will reach 1 person by spending $0.5. So two methods have the same effect. Less

First class should be used, as the cost of each delivered letter will be the same, but you will reach all of your intended audience. Example: 1000 pieces to be sent, sending first class costs $500 and reaches 1000 ($.50 per peice), and sending second class costs $400 and reaches 800 ($.50 per piece) Less

@gaurav: don't make it too complicated. they just want to know the costs of reaching the customers. peppermint is right. Less

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Susquehanna International Group (SIG)

What is the fastest amount of time you can get 4 people across a bridge. Each person takes a different amount of time .. 1 minute, 2, 5, and 10. They can cross 2 at a time but need a flashlight to cross.

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It's 17 minutes. The actions are of the form (x, y, ->) or (x, ), (1, ), (2,). Sum up the maximum of each tuple and get 17! Less

17. 1 and 2 go together for 2 min. 1 runs back for 3 min. 5 and 10 run across for 13 min, 2 runs back for 15 min and 1 and 2 run across for 17 min. Less

No, its 17!

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Google

Pretend 1% of the population has a disease. You have a test that determines if you have that disease, but it's only 80% accurate and 20% of the time you get a false positive, how likely is it you have the disease.

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Sample: 1,000 X=10 P=.8 If the test is only 80% accurate then 8 of the 10 infected will be positive and 2 will walk around unbeknownst, but 20% of the non-infected population will be falsely identified, 1000-10=990 (non-infected) 990*.2=198 (false positive) + 8 (true positive)= 296 (total positive tests) Of this population only 8/296=2.7% were correctly identified. This is the chance you have the disease Less

1%. The first sentence gives you all the info you need.

1% chance if using global population. Chances would decrease or increase depending on certain variable or demographic factors so I would say you need more data to give a specific answer. Things like age , gender , race , need to be taken into consideration if you are a 33 year old male and the subject disease is ovarial cancer then you have 0 percent chance . If you are a 40 year old nun and the disease is The clap you have less probably of being infected than say a 26 year old prostitute .. Less

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FedEx Ground

Name a situation where you didn't know what to do and you still were able to get the job done.

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No one knows all the answers, if you don't know find someone who does. Do not leave employees waiting for an answer for too long otherwise you lose credibility. Less

I'll ask the manager ask a supervisor or a senior from the company he knows what they're doing and I only have to be told once Less

I would say check my work surrounding or help out a team mate

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