Don’t get me started on these types of questions.
I walked out of an interview that consisted almost completely of a dipshit that obviously hadn’t showered in days trying to get me to think of silly ways to determine the probability of red and blue marbles flying out of my ass or something.
These questions serve one purpose:
They make the interviewer feel smug, they generally make the interviewee feel stupid, and they mask all the real issues involved in hiring people.
I’ve gotten into long debates about this, and the stock answer from the retards that think these questions are helpful is that these types of questions demonstrate “how fast you can think” or “your ability to really use your brain” or some such crap.
I’ve had a number of different jobs in the IT industry, and NONE of them ever involved anything even remotely like coming up with a trick answer to a trick question. Nobody ever fucking saves the day in a MacGuyver like fashion with duck tape and 8 gallon cylinders that only have one fucking mark on them.
I think that this whole fucking question thing is a huge embarrasment to the industry. It just demonstrates what a bunch of arrogant pricks we are and the lengths we’re willing to go to demonstrate that we’re smarter than all the other assholes who just don’t get computers.
Meanwhile, the number one supporter of wankoff questions like this, Microsoft, is producing shit operating systems that piss people off like mad.
Meanwhile, Steve Jobs has basically oscillated back and forth between being a visionary and an interior fucking decorator.
There are entire corporations out there who’s IT infrastructure is a steaming pile of shit because programmers are too busy screwing around with whiz-bang crap and not busy enough with ensuring that things just work.
If I could instantly get rid of one stupid asstastic trend in this screwed up and whacked out industry, it would be these fucking questions.