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Published 13 June 2012 12:22, Updated 14 June 2012 04:17
Let’s face it, there aren’t that many companies that people would give their eyeteeth to work at, but Apple is one of them.
As you’d expect, getting a foot in the door isn’t easy. Helpfully, Business Insider has dug out eight examples of the sorts of questions prospective Apple job candidates should be able to answer if they want to make the cut.
The questions come from an outfit known as the Khan Academy, which is backed by the likes of Google and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.
The not-for-profit Academy describes its mission as “changing eduction for the better by provide a free world-class education to anyone anywhere”.
Here are a couple of examples from Business Insider:
FIVE INDIVIDUALS STAND IN FRONT OF YOU, AND ONLY ONE ALWAYS TELLS THE TRUTH ...
There are five guys in front of you, and four of them are “togglers,” while the fifth person is a truthteller.
A toggler is either going to tell you the truth or lie when you ask them a question.
The second time you ask them a question, they are going to switch. If they told you the truth the first time, they will lie the second time, and vice versa.
You can ask two questions of any person – to either the same person or two different people.
What do you ask to figure out who the truthteller is?
Here’s a hint: you want to ask a question, no matter what they say, in such a way that you know what they will do the second time – whether they are telling the truth or lying.
ALIENS ARE ABOUT TO TURN EARTH INTO A MUSHROOM FARM, AND HAVE ABDUCTED 10 HUMANS ...
These humans are tasked with proving Earth is worthy of joining the intergalactic council of planets.
The fate of humanity is in your hands.
Tomorrow, the ten humans will be lined up one behind the other in a dark room. While the room is completely pitch black, the aliens will place a hat on each person’s head—a purple hat or a green hat.
Then the lights are turned on. You can’t see your own hat, and the hat distribution is random—it could be all green hats or all purple hats, or 9 green and 1 purple, or any combination.
Starting with the person in the back, the aliens ask, “What color is the hat on your head?” Every other person can hear the answer, and if the person is right, he or she will live and 600 million people will be saved.
If you’re wrong, you get blown up, and the people you represent are turned into a mushroom farm.
How do you save as many lives as you can?
Hint: The human in the back can see all the hats in front of him or her, and there is a solution that will guarantee saving 9 of the 10 humans.