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We found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time. How many golf balls can you fit into an airplane? How many gas stations in Manhattan? A complete waste of time. They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.
— Google HR executive Laszlo Bock, telling the New York Times’ Adam Bryant that the company no longer asks applicants to complete mental gymnastics during job interviews. Via Quartz.