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What comes first?  
« on: Nov 10th, 2016, 8:59pm »
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Interviewer said "I shall either ask you ten easy questions or one really difficult question. Think well before you make up your mind!"  
The boy thought for a while and said, "my choice is one really difficult question."
"Well, good luck to you, you have made your own choice! Now tell me this.
 
"What comes first, Day or Night?"
 
The boy was jolted into reality as his admission depends on the correctness of his answer, but he was quite smart and passed the interview.
What do you think he must have said and what would be his explanation?
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Re: Day or Night?  
« Reply #1 on: Nov 11th, 2016, 7:17am »
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vi don.c
 #include <stdio.h> 
#include <string.h>
 
extern int
main( int argc, char* argv[] )
{
   const char* const  Day = "Day";
   const char* const  Night = "Night";
 
   printf( "%s %s %s\n",
      Day,
      strcmp( Day, Night ) < 0 ? "<" : ">",
      Night );
 
   return 0;
}

gcc -g -o don don.c
./don
Day < Night
 
You are asking too many questions.
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Re: Day or Night?  
« Reply #2 on: Nov 11th, 2016, 12:34pm »
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Yeah, the question as asked pretty clearly goes for rlogunix's answer. On the other hand, it skirts a more interesting question: which came first?
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 11th, 2016, 1:21pm »
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Day or night, getting the job done comes first.
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Re: Day or Night?  
« Reply #4 on: Nov 11th, 2016, 6:57pm »
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No friends, the question is simple: What the boy must have said to the interviewer and why?
 
@rloginunix:- what's all that coding used in your message? are you a bot or what?  Grin Grin
 
@towr: sorry you got the wrong answer.  Tongue
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Re: Day or Night?  
« Reply #5 on: Nov 11th, 2016, 7:06pm »
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[HINT]: The answer is tricky enough. So stop logically thinking that what comes first - Day or Night...try to understand the situation  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 11th, 2016, 9:26pm »
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Day comes first in a dictionary. I guess he was applying for a job as a sub-editor
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 11th, 2016, 11:41pm »
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The standard answer is that the candidate picks one of the two at random, the interviewer asks him to explain why, and the candidate refuses to answer because this is the second question. Which obviously makes no sense at all - would you hire him?
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 12th, 2016, 3:51am »
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on Nov 11th, 2016, 11:41pm, pex wrote:
Which obviously makes no sense at all - would you hire him?

For a job as a lawyer? Possibly. For a job as a sign-painter? Probably not.
 
Also, possibly worth noting that the interviewer imposed an order on the words.
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