Google used to ask these interview questions, but they’re so complicated they were banned

These tricky questions were banned from being asked during interviews at Google

To get a job in Google, you need skills and talent. But besides these, you also need to be prepared to tackle its “Googleyness,” as it is not that easy to get hired by the search giant.

Google is well-known for its high standards and bizzare set of head-scratching questions asked during interviews, which seems to have no answers. As a result, the candidate would apparently lose the race even before it use to start. Thankfully, these interview questions were ultimately banned from being asked completely.

In 2009, Seattle job coach Lewis Lin compiled a list of 140 questions that his clients were asked by Google. In this article, we have listed the 17 roughest interview questions in no particular order asked by the search giant.

How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?

How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?

Why are manhole covers round?

How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?

How many vacuums are made per year in USA?

Explain the significance of “dead beef.”

Every man in a village of 100 married couples has cheated on his wife…

Every wife in the village promptly knows when a man other than her husband has cheated but does not know when her own husband has. The village has a law that does not allow for infidelity. Any wife who can prove that her husband is disloyal must kill him that very day. The women of the village would never disobey this law. One day, the queen of the village visits and declares that at least one husband has been unfaithful. What happens?

Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco.

How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?

You are at a party with a friend and 10 people are present (including you and the friend)…

Your friend throws a bet that for every person you find who has the same birthday as you, you get $1, but for every person he finds who does not have the same birthday as you, he gets $2. Would you accept the challenge?

A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?

You need to check that your friend Bob has your correct phone number, but you cannot ask him directly…

You have to get from point A to point B. You don’t know if you can get there. What would you do?

You must write the question on a card and give it to Eve who will take the card to Bob and return the answer to you. Besides the question, what must you write on the card to make sure that Bob can encode the message so that Eve cannot read your phone number?

If a person dials a sequence of numbers on the telephone, what possible words/strings can be formed from the letters associated with those numbers?

Explain a database in three sentences to your 8-year-old nephew.

You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?

You have two eggs and get access to a 100-story building…

Eggs can be very hard or very fragile, which means they may break if dropped from the first floor or may not even break if dropped from 100th floor. Both eggs are the same. You need to determine the highest floor of a 100-story building an egg can be dropped without breaking. The question is how many drops you need to make. You are allowed to break two eggs in the process.

Source: Business Insider

Kavita Iyer
Kavita Iyer
An individual, optimist, homemaker, foodie, a die hard cricket fan and most importantly one who believes in Being Human!!!


  1. I’d answer all of them with “google it” haha 😀 or i would take out my phone and google the by myself hah even better ,right?


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