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Is this the trickiest interview question EVER?

Microsoft applicant shares the ‘impossible’ geometry problem that left him stumped (and no, he didn’t
get the job).

Job interviews are nerve’wracking at the best oftimes, but in a bid to scout out top talent, companies are now throwing impossible curveball questions to candidates. One of Microsofts hardest questions has been revealed onthe QEtA site Quora by Prashant Bagdia, a computer science student at the National Institute of Technology in Warangal, India.

Prashant revealed that during an interview with the technology giant, his friend was asked what the area of a right triangle would be if it had a hypotenuse measuring 10cm and an altitude of 6cm.

Trick question: A diagram of how the triangle would look except it could not actually exist.


Initially the candidate was corilused about why he Was being asked a geometry question when he was applying for a role within a software company.

However after a brief moment of contemplation the young man answered the question..

He replied: ‘As area ol any triangle is 0,5 the base multiplied by the height, the answer to this question would be 0,5 x lO x 6 which evaluates to 30.

The interviewer gave Prashant’s friend the opportunity to think again, Prashant said his friend mulled it over and then replied: yes sir, I am sure the area of triangle is 30`

The interviewer told Prashant’s friend he was wrong as a triangle with such measurements could not exist.

The maximum possible altitude is half the hypotenuse.

Prashant said his ‘dumbfounded friend wasn`t selected for the Microsoft position.

Penny de Valk, of people management business Penna’s Talent Practice, said curveball questions are designed to put people on the spot and see how they react under pressure.

She added: ‘How candidates answer these questions can provide the interviewer with a bit of insight into how their mind works.

PS. This post first appeared on our Snap Chat network..

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