Killer Interview Question: How Would You Make Money From An Ice-Cream Stand?

This week’s KIQ is a little bit sweet. It’s also a question from an executive who works at Google.

Old man selling ice-cream image from Shutterstock

We’ve all heard about all the cool perks Google employees get so it’s no surprise that jobs at the company are highly sought after. Landing a position with the tech giant isn’t easy and Yasmin Green, head of research and development at Jigsaw, Google’s tech incubator arm, shed some light on what it takes to get into the company.

She revealed one of the questions she likes to ask job candidates when she hires for Jigsaw: “How would you make money from an ice-cream stand in Central Park?”

The exact location of the ice-cream stand isn’t all that important. For us Australians, we can substitute Central Park with any popular public tourist spot such as Bondi Beach in Sydney.

As for why Green likes to ask this question:

“I’m curious to see how people deal with ambiguity and whether they can have fun while thinking on their feet.”

She wants to use this question to identify somebody who is “innately driven” and has a “force of spirit that powers them through any obstacle that comes their way.”

How would you tackle this question? Let us know in the comments.

[Via Business Insider Australia]

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