Even Google’s Former CEO Couldn’t Answer Its Brutal Interview Questions

Earlier last month we posted Google’s five toughest interview questions. And boy were they tough.

They’re so tough that Google’s former CEO struggled to answer one.

Quartz reports that Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, struggled pretty hardcore with this notorious interview question:

“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.”

To be fair, if I was asked this question on the spot I’d probably crumble into a pile of dust.

Schmidt’s initial answer:

“Let’s do the math…if half die. No, if I die… No, if they don’t like me, I die. This is, like, a really bad question.”

Later, he came up with a better solution:

“It seems to me that if more than half are happy, I survive. I propose, that we give 49% of the pirates stock in internet companies, and 51% get the gold.”

I have no earthly idea how to answer this question.

How about you?

Eric Schmidt struggled to answer a Google interview question [QZ]

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