QUESTION: A hammer and a nail cost $1.10, and the hammer costs one dollar more than the nail. How much does the nail cost?
ANSWER: 5 cents.
Source: I got this riddle from a Business Insider article that asked successful executives what questions they ask potential employees during interviews. This is the question that Jeff Zwelling, COO of ZipRecruiter, asks. In the article, Mr. Zwelling says when he asks the question, he is not necessarily looking for the candidate to get the correct answer. He stated that he wants to see the person’s thought process behind the answer that they give.
QUESTION: How many gigabytes are in 1 terabyte?
QUESTION: Apiology is the study of what?
ANSWER: Apiology is the study of bees.
QUESTION: What is the largest cardinal number?
ANSWER: According to The Grammar Bible, the largest counting number is called a googolplex. A googolplex is 10 raised to the power of googol. A googol is ten raised to the power of 100. To write out a googolplex in numerical form, you have to write the number 1, with a googol of zeroes.
QUESTION: Who invented punctuation?
ANSWER: According to, “The Grammar Bible,” most scholars credit Aristophanes of Byzantium with the creation of punctuation.
QUESTION: What classic story do the words “Lilliputian” and “Brobdingnagian” originate from?
ANSWER: Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift.
Lilliputian, which means, “very small,” comes from a locality in the tome, Lilliput, where very tiny people lived. Brobdingnagian, which means, “very large,” comes from a geographic location in Gulliver’s Travels, Brobdingnag, where giants resided.
[Source: The Grammar Bible]
QUESTION: Which state has the highest level of employment for court reporters?
ANSWER: According to Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2015 tabulation, the state of Maryland employs the most court reporters in the United States.
QUESTION: How many languages are there in the world?
ANSWER: According to BBC, there are about 7,000 different languages in the world. However, most of the languages in existence are not spoken by a large population of people. The BBC states that 90% of the existing languages are spoken by less than 100,000, and 46 languages have a solitary speaker.
QUESTION: What is the most widely spoken language in the world?
ANSWER: Mandarin Chinese. According to Ethnologue, 1,310,000,000 people speak Mandarin Chinese.
QUESTION: What is the Latin meaning of the word, “disco”?
ANSWER: To learn.