In an earlier post, we discussed how the key to answering logic puzzles correctly is to take the question seriously, put thought into your answer, and show that you used logic to formulate that answer. Demonstrating that you use that level of thought is all you need to at least get partial credit from the interviewer for your answer.
Today, we are going to look at an additional trick to answering these questions – paying attention to the wording in the question. Let’s look at a logic puzzle that perfectly exemplifies this:
Sample Logic Puzzle
“Your favorite ring falls off your finger and lands in a hole that is a foot deep. You have only a packet of sugar, a video game controller, and a ball of string. How do you get the ring out?”
The natural response is to come up with something fairly complicated. Maybe you rip open the sugar packet and pour out the contents. Stick a hole in the packet and tie the string to it, then hang the string on the video game controller, hoping to fish the ring out using the empty packet. Or maybe you break open the controller and use the parts inside like a magnet. Then you tie the magnet to the string and lower it down.
Or maybe… just maybe… you can simply bend over and pick up the ring. It’s only in a one foot hole.
Questions are Often Misleading
Logic puzzles like this are designed to make the applicant focus on the wrong aspect of the question. By listing off all of the things you can use, the interviewer easily focuses your attention on that aspect of problem solving, making it appear as though you need to come up with something complicated and difficult. Many logic puzzles are designed to supply you with irrelevant information so that you struggle to come up with an answer. When you hear the interviewer ask you a question that seems off the wall and complicated, stop and think about the question again. Perhaps you will find that within the question is a simple answer.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Always think about the entirety of the question.
- Don’t assume that the interviewer is testing some sort of genius level technical knowledge.