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# Braninteasers in Consulting Interview

Where can I find some "brainteasers" used in consulting interview?

Where can I find some "brainteasers" used in consulting interview?

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We really dont do too many, especially in MBB. Brain teasers are more common in IB; even Google has pretty much stopped them since they realized brainteasers dont yield any actionable 8nsight into the value of an applicant

We really dont do too many, especially in MBB. Brain teasers are more common in IB; even Google has pretty much stopped them since they realized brainteasers dont yield any actionable 8nsight into the value of an applicant

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Difficulty: Intermediate | Style: Brain Teaser | Topics: Brain teaser

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### Brain Teasers - Motel

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### Brain Teasers - Pirates

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### Brain Teasers - Firefighter

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Firefighter Situation: A firefighter stood on the middle rung of a ladder, spraying water on a burning house. He then climbed up 6 rungs before the heat of the flames caused him to come down 10 rungs. After some minutes he was able to climb 18 rungs to the very top of the ladder. Question: How m ... Open whole case

### Brain Teasers - Lethal Duel

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Duel Situation: Three men, Adam, Bertie and Charlie, agree to take part in a lethal three-way duel. They each have a pistol and several rounds of ammo, and they draw lots to see who will shoot first and who second. Then they stand an equal distance apart, and they take turns to fire. When it is a ... Open whole case