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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a puzzle interview?
How to prepare for a puzzle interview?
What is the benefit of using a puzzle question in an interview?
What Is a Situational Interview Question? 
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024

Place the Numbers

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Interview Puzzles


A puzzle is a magnificent measure of one's analytical skills and lateral thinking. Many product-based companies ask the riddles to help them filter candidates based on their real-world problem-solving skills to approach a problem they have not seen before.

A puzzle may have multiple solutions. The interviewer is generally interested in the candidate's approach to solving the mystery and the approach to building and thinking creatively about the answer to the puzzle.

On the same note, we will discuss an exciting puzzle commonly asked in interviews; Place the numbers.

Puzzle Description

Assume you are given a sequence of numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8. You are supposed to place the numbers in the following order such that no two numbers are adjacent according to the series. For example, one can not be adjacent to 2 but adjacent to 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Similarly, place the number accordingly.

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The first step is to place 1 and 8 because they have only one adjacent number; 2 and 7. We can put 2 and 7 adjacent to 8 and 1, respectively. Now it is easy to place the numbers that are remaining. The final result would be

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a puzzle interview?

Microsoft popularized the puzzle interview in the 1990s. Puzzle interviewers ask applicants to solve puzzles to check their analytical thinking skills.

How to prepare for a puzzle interview?

First of all, think about the problem and carefully understand the question interviewer is trying to ask. Ask for any clarifications, if there are any. Lastly, don't just tell the answer, but clearly explain the solution.

What is the benefit of using a puzzle question in an interview?

This assessment enables the interviewer to assert the candidate's logical reasoning problems and questions to test lateral thinking, which is essential for most analytics job interviews.

What Is a Situational Interview Question? 

A situational interview question deals with hypothetical situations in the future and what you would do in that situation.  


This article extensively discussed Place the number and provided its solution. 

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