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Old 02-04-2018, 12:15 PM
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Mostly agree, but you seem to be assuming that being able to solve a problem involving dehydrating grapes is directly relevant or will actually select for somebody who can "do the work". Not at all obvious that's true IMO.
I also wonder how well "think on your feet" correlates to "solve problems at desk with appropriate time and tools". I happen to be pretty good at "think on your feet", and I'd probably find an interview like that fun. But I vaguely recall that google researched this and didn't think they were all that effective.
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Old 02-04-2018, 12:39 PM
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this type of interview is far better than the type mentioned in the saturation threads about interviewers not picking people for superficial reasons that are easily corrected. you can also get a feel for the type of problems you'd be working with on the job so if you enjoyed the interview process then you can look forward to doing more of that type of work
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Old 02-04-2018, 12:58 PM
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I recently did one, that was more actuarial focused. It was okay, I had been exposed to a number of topics.

Your example #3 throws me off, because that is not a cube in the aggregated version.
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Old 02-04-2018, 01:07 PM
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you can also get a feel for the type of problems you'd be working with on the job so if you enjoyed the interview process then you can look forward to doing more of that type of work
I don't read any implication that the problems they are hiring you to solve are in any way similar to the problems that they interview. Why do you assume that to be the case? I don't think this "proprietary" trading firm is measuring grape dehydration as part of their trading.
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I also wonder how well "think on your feet" correlates to "solve problems at desk with appropriate time and tools". I happen to be pretty good at "think on your feet", and I'd probably find an interview like that fun. But I vaguely recall that google researched this and didn't think they were all that effective.
i.e.

How many flights per day are there in the US?

How many golf balls can you fit in a tennis court?

etc.. etc..
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It's intense to have an interview where you actually have to solve problems instead of just talking about solving problems? The interviewee should be glad he has an opportunity to demonstrate his skill, so he can get past all the people who sound good but can't actually do the work.
i said intense. i did not say unfair.
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Is the answer to #1 50 lbs?
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Old 02-04-2018, 02:20 PM
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Pretty sure 50 pounds is correct. Second problem I don't know the answer but seems clear to me I could solve it if I was interested, and would be somewhat tedious (there's perhaps a clean, non-tedious solution but I don't see it). Third problem I'm curious because I don't see that the number changes when you break it into pieces so I assume I'm missing something.
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You can be really smart and a shit employee. People have weird expectations.
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kingofants, are you an actuary applying for a software engineering/developer type job, or is it an actuarial related position that is heavy on software programming, or...?
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