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Senior Financial Analyst was asked...21 May 2012

If it is 3:15. how many degrees are between the little and big hand?

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At quarter past the hour, the minute-hand is exactly at 3:00 but the hour-hand has moved 1/4 of the way between 3:00 and 4:00. Therefore 1/4 times 1/12 = 1/48 of the clock. With the clock having 360 degrees, 360/48 = 7.5 degrees. Less

7.5 degrees For every 360 degrees the little hand moves, the big hand moves 30 degrees; therefore, when the little hand moves 90 degrees (to the 15 minute mark), the big hand moves 7.5 degrees. Less

7.5 degrees

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We did some data analysis and noticed that the phase of the moon was directly correlated to the productivity of our fulfillment center staff. What could be causing that?

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correlation is not the same as causation

there is a research done that shows that human is more happy during the high tide than low tide, and the high/low tide correlate to the phases of the moon therefore the productivity of the fulfillment center staff correlate to the moon phases. Less

Phase of the moon is related to the monthly calendar and days of the week... Phase of the moon may relate to the surf conditions. Less


Q: salary expectations.

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They touted the amazing work environment as a reason why they don’t pay market value. Less

the REI interview process makes everyone feel absolutely disposable and under valued. They pay far less than market and say good bye to whatever title you had before. Not worth it. Less

$100,000.00 usd


nothing too difficult

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What kind of technical work questions did they ask?

It was easy interview

Did they ask any technical questions or just a run through of resume?

Capital One

How many angels fit on the head of a pin

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hey! I don't even understand this question!! Native English speakers, "angels" in the heaven? "pin" to use on the paper? Makes no sense to me. Less

It's a question without an answer that you would reasonably know. Like, "How many ping pong balls can fit in a bus?" The point is to see how logically you work through the answer. Less


NRG Energy

In 15 seconds, name all the different ways you can make money off a donkey - go!

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You're kidding, right?

Wish I was. That really happened. I almost got up and walked out.

Lol this is funny. Especially for a financial analyst role

Crossover for Work

P&L analysis Error search

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I had some technical issues coming from poorly prepared tasks by Crossover. Some instructions were misleading and the whole process simply isn't good enough for any reliable evaluation. Less

I think the process is objective enough

Pat O, I hope you know what Clint Eastwood said about people's opinions.

Intel Corporation

What other factors should you consider other than NPV to consider a project?

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IRR; available resources


Return on Investment


"Teach me something"

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No way to prepare for some of their questions. The general structure was that they would dig very deep into a particular topic. For example in one interview I spent 50% of the time talking in great detail about one line on my resume from 3 years ago. Less

New York Times

what is biggest positive and negative?

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The biggest positive is to search for a solution when you are out of ideas and to make a colaboration with new,young people,like me,who try to protect their valuable patent,and meanwhile to want write for you because that is my passion. If you read a lot you will find a way to get out of crisis and to manage even more success than ever before!!! I woul like to work for you one day,wheb I apply to protect my patent and you will be giant worldwide,because this is something hugr,revolutionary,and worldwide media will speak about it when the time comes. Should we work together? The biggest negative is that there are beautiful countries with poor economy because the government is corrupted. And while our children die every day,we don't do anything. Less

And I want to work for New York Times because I have intelligence,beauty and huge knowledgr about a patent that you will write about. I love writing. I deserve a chance. Because I am the best. Sorry for fast writing mistakes. And yes I am very fast anf efficient. I will write to you every world's new bestseller with passion and humour. With beautiful descriptions of love and family and God. You will not gonna believe this but my uncle wrote a fantastic new book recently with an interesting title Let us return to God. It is hilarious. Something brand new. Brand new excitement. The world is gonna love it. How about to present it to you? Less

That was the most bizarre answer I have ever read.

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