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How to Handle Brainteaser Questions During Interviews

by JC, published: 2012-05-23 20:49 viewed: 516 times
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Share a good article "Beat Interview Brainteasers". The main point:

1. Let the interviewer know your thought process. What interviewers are looking for is how somebody thinks through the problem. Focus on how you're going to divide the problem up.

2. Talk it out. A smart interviewer won't care why manhole covers are round instead of square. What interviewers will care about is how you approach, analyze and break down a problem.

Source: How to handle brain teaser problem
Comments (3)
1. JC 2010-11-14 19:00
One thing that might be helpful for brain teaser questions, is to find some Brain Quest type of books, or go to your local science center, try to do some difficult puzzles there ;-)
2. JC 2012-03-09 10:36
According to the article on brain teaser questions, the gist of it are:

1) Focus on how you're going to divide the problem up.
This is classic computer science divide and conquer strategy.

2) Talk It Out
Language and speaking ability is quite important in this, as the interviewer wants to gauge your thought process and how to got to a solution/conclusion. Communication is key here, as also in the job when you get it.

This slides a bit into the marketing of your skillsets. With good communication skills, you will market your expertise well and could also develop your leadership skills down the road.
3. JC 2012-05-23 20:49
I would also highly recommend reading this book: How Would You Move Mount Fuji. I've read it and could read it again, just to get my brain reconditioned enough to be able to handle tricky teaser questions.
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