How Many Golf Balls Can Fit in a School Bus?

Have you ever heard that question before? If you have, it’s probably because you’ve read somewhere that it’s one of the questions that Google asks prospective employees during interviews. I don’t know if this is entirely true, because I’ve read accounts of people who have been hired at Google who never had to answer anything like this, and yet other online sources say they do, in fact, ask this and many other bizarre and pointless questions. I’ve had this on my mind for a long time, but today I read a blog post by 37signals (one of the smartest companies I know of) that explains why they don’t hire this way. From my perspective, I can kind of see it both ways. Part of my job description when I worked for a homebuilder was to screen applicants that wanted a job with our company. We would get lots of applications and resumes, and I would often find myself taking a half-day or even a whole day going through stacks of 25-50 applications trying to look for one or two candidates worth calling for an interview. Though that was time consuming, it was actually fairly easy: all I had to do was go through my stack of resumes with my “junk glasses” on, looking for the ones that were obviously junk and throwing out as many of the “not a...

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