Interviews can be nerve-wrecking enough for every candidate, but how would an interviewer expect job-seekers to cope when a near-impossible question is thrown at them right at the end of the process?
Technology giant Microsoft has allegedly done just that to hopeful jobseekers looking to secure a role at the company.
According to a comment on sharing site Quora, Microsoft has a habit of asking candidates interviewing for a prestigious place on their campus site how to solve a mind-bending algebraic puzzle – the Metro reports.
In an interview for the position, the Microsoft recruiter apparently said to the interviewee: “OK, so one last question. A right triangle has a hypotenuse equal to ten and an altitude to the hypotenuse equal to six. Find the area of the triangle.”
Setting aside the cruelty of launching a geometry question right at the close of an interview, the equation is actually impossible to solve – a triangle with those measurements cannot exist, according to the Metro.
The publication reports the candidate as then saying to the recruiter: “You are just messing up with my brain to make me think otherwise, so that I would commit an error with this trivial question.”
Apparently he was not offered the job.