Problem Solving Interview Questions

Problem solving job interview questions are often referred to as:

  • Brain Teasers Interview Questions,
  • Riddles Interview Questions,
  • Puzzles Interview Questions,
  • Logic Interview Questions,
  • The Microsoft Interview,
  • or The Google Interview.

These interview questions might sound silly however they do serve a critical role in gauging a candidate’s problem solving skills, creativeness, resourcefulness, thinking pattern and quick wit. These types of questions are so effective, many of the top companies such as Google or Microsoft, routinely incorporate problem solving questions into their interviews.

Problem-Solving Interview Questions

List of Problem Solving Interview Questions

Strategy and Approach to Answering a Problem Solving Interview Question

If you get asked a problem solving question in an interview, remember that they are NOT looking for the RIGHT answer.  They are evaluating  the approach you use to think out and solve the problem.  A strong candidate demonstrates the following:

  1. Evaluates and understands the scope of the problem
  2. Communicates assumptions
  3. Demonstrates quantitative analytical skills
  4. Answers the question that has been asked. You’d be surprised how many candidates get lost in the analysis and solve for a different question than what was asked.