Hedge Fund Brainteasers: If An Apple costs $0.40 . . .

An apple cost forty cents, a banana cost sixty cents, and a grapefruit cost eighty cents. How much does a pear cost?

And they think that this is going to determine whether or not someone is a good potential hire! Insane, but firms do and the idea here is what are the commonalities that could be figured out to determine how the pricing was established.

The name of the fruit is not a distraction here. It’s the key. Specifically, the key is the number of vowels in each. It’s like Wheel of Fortune. I’m going to buy a vowel.

And apple has how many vowels? The answer is two, hence 40. Banana has how many vowels? 3 and 60. Grapefruit has four so the answer is 80. Concerning pears, there are two vowels. Forty cents.

Now what they’re looking for is your thought process. They want to see whether you can quickly dissect something for a common point and then take action based on it. Again, no one’s hiring you based upon your opinions of fruit. This is a process of quick logic to see whether you can solve the puzzle.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020



Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1800 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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