Google CEO Admits He Can't Answer This Question Asked At Google Job Interviews
Eric Schmidt, you played yourself.
BY Editors | Nov 30, 2016 | Money & Career
We've all heard of those tricky, eccentric interview questions for top jobs or university places, like asking how you can fit a giraffe in a freezer or something equally useful.
In their former years Google were known for their excruciatingly complicated interview questions like "How many golf balls fit into a school bus?"—queries that were so mind-bendingly difficult that even ex-CEO Eric Schmidt couldn't work them out.
The question Schmidt, who is now the executive chairman of its parent company, struggled with was:
"You're the captain of a pirate ship and you find a chest of gold. Your crew gets to vote on how the gold is divided up. If fewer than half of the pirates agree with you, you die. How do you recommend apportioning the gold in such a way that you get a good share of the booty but still survive?"
Whilst on stage at a Summit at Sea conference on a cruise from Miami to the Bahamas, the 61 year-old businessman admitted he was stumped and acknowledged it was "a really bad question" having had it repeated to him. He finally offered his answer, "It seems to me that if more than half are happy, I survive. I propose, that we give 49 percent of the pirates stock in internet companies, and 51 percent get the gold," he said.
Schmidt has also recently admitted he uses an iPhone, so probably won't be winning employee of the month anytime soon.
From: Esquire UK