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Consultant (Pentester) was asked...9 January 2019

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### If you were a brand, what would be your motto?

Be You. Everyone else is taken.

Take the right path, not the easy path.

"Do what's right"

### You have a bouquet of flowers. All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips. How many flowers do you have?

The solution is quite simple, if you start with the “All but 2” first: Roses = All but 2 = Two flowers are not a rose; one tulip, one daisy Daisies = All but 2 = Two flowers are not a daisy; one rose, one tulip Tulips = All but 2 = Two flowers are not a tulip; one rose, one daisy Answer: One rose, one daisy, one tulip. Less

3 flowers - 1 rose, 1 daisy and 1 tulip

I would say, "Do you consider three flowers to be a bouquet?"

### Estimate how many windows are in New York

Since Bain is a consulting firm, this question seems to be used as a way to probe applicant's approach to engagement problems. First ask questions to clarify the goal. Is New York the city, the state, or another municipality that happens to also be called New York, such as New York, Texas. Are we talking about windows on a building, or will it also include car windows, store shelf windows, or maybe even MS Windows licenses. After the information is clarified, it's time to analyze. Estimating the population and estimate an average number of windows per person is one approach, but it may seem too general. Another approach can be divide and conquer. Estimate the number of residential houses, estimate the number of offices, and number of vehicles, etc, and multiply by an average number for each type of structure. Round the number to the nearest million or tenth of million to make it easy to remember for the client. Less

Should the answer include opportunities and operating systems?

Define "New York".

### How to handle clients, people etc

Not sure about background verification. but i got a formal offer letter after two weeks of submitting documents for background verification. did u receive a formal offer letter or salary offer on 25th june Less

Hi Friends, I cleared all rounds and got the offer letter from Deloitte after 25 Days. They mentioned that I need to e-sign the offer letter within 3 business days. I Tried to call the deloitte Hr for some clarifications but no one responded. The pay which they are offering is something which I hav to negotiate. As it is a weekend, the HR is not available to respond to my calls. I sent a mail requesting for a call back on the same day itself. So, I wanted to talk on the Salary and then Sign for the offer, Is there any chance that my offer letter will get terminated if I am not signing the offer letter within 3 Days. I got the Offer letter on 26th Nov 2014 and my joining date is 27th Jan 2015. Please please please help if any one knows any information on the offer letter signing. Less

Hi, First of all Calm down. Your offer will never get terminated in Deloitte. Now, when it comes to your salary negotiation, I recommend please do that. Deloitte is paying less now a days and they are becoming like other IT compnaies like TCS INFI etc in terms of salary with no good project and no onsite. So over all, you can say you will be working on a low pay scale with no good project and no onsite hope and no hope of getting promotion. If still you are willing to join Deloitte then atleast get good salary otherwise its going to be frustrating. HRs are very very smart here..They will never reply to you and in frustration, you will join at lesser package. They play this game with every new employee. All the best!!!! Less

### were do u see urself after 5 years

my aim is to work hard and honestly at any pt. of time...and i see myself working in ur company as a hardworking and honest person Less

within 5 yrs i want to be as stable as holdiing myself to such a level where i can take care of my expenses Less

i can tell u somthing that is mysterious,what i want to dedicate to you is smart work is better than hard work,effectiveness is better than efficiancy,then we can reach 100% purity in every activity. Less

### How many passengers leave JFK airport on a given day.

This question tests how you think critically. In this example, you could start with estimating that JFK has about 100 gates, and that a plane leaves from a gate every 3 hours, totaling 800 flights per day. Guessing that the average plane holds 200 passengers, you arrive at 160,000 per day departing. The interviewer is not as interested that you get the right, or even close, answer, but rather the thought process you go through to figure it out. For those that are interested, the real number is about 131,000 per day based on statistics from 2007. Less

The answer is the thought process, as above. Personally, I'd have started with the number of flights: flight frequency per runway * runways * open hours. Assume half are leaving, then guess the number of passengers per plane. I might also point out that the number of assumptions multiplied together in that calc is such that you're unlikely to be within an order of magnitude of the right answer... Less

all of them

### It’s Thursday, we’re staffing you on a telecommunications project in Calgary, Canada on Monday. Your flight and hotel are booked; your visa is ready. What are the top five things you do before you leave?

1. Update my resume 2. Contact friends and family about finding a new job 3. Pretend to be violently ill on Monday 4. Use up all of my sick days and vacation days. 5. Wait to get fired, which should have happened long ago because I'm not qualified to work in telecommunications. Less

1. Make sure the rest of the work to be completed on site by Friday is done or delegated. 2. Confirm key contacts know where I'll be, in case disaster strikes. 3. Follow up e-mail with group I'll be visiting, to confirm location/times/activities, ask about local weather - any warning/alerts, in case of delays. 4. Meeting prep - materials review, agenda review, ship any items which I cannot carry on airplane by myself. 5. Travel prep - weather conditions, personal/medical needs, electronics, luggage, drop off/pickup at airport and any other connections to get to/from Calgary meet points. Less

1. Determine scope of my assignment and major stakeholders 2. Find out if there are specific issues I need to address/personalities to mitigate 3. Determine our expected outcomes beyond getting the job done (growth oppertunties etc. ) 4. Pack my luggage 5. Get to the airport (print passes etc. ) Less

### What is the exact angle formed by the hands on a clock when the time reads 9:30?

105 degrees

105 degrees: if the hour hand is right at 9, and the minute had was right at 30 then it would be 90 degrees. but since we're 30 minutes into the hr, the hour hand will be (theoretically) half waybetween 9 and 10pm. so you need to calculate that additional variation. If have the arms 3 hrs apart makes a perfect 90 degrees, then each hr would equal 30 degrees -&gt; thus a half hr would result in a 15 degrees. 90+15= 105 degrees Less

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