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Towers Watson Summer Intern Interview Question

I interviewed in Wuhan, Hubei (China) and was asked:
"estimate how many planes are there in the sky"
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ask for the restrictions, now? whole world? business plane?
- Interview Candidate on Oct 11, 2010 Flag Response
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This is a question where one wants to put a number out there after much inane mental strategy--just to "get it right" or prove their mathematical fortitude using pragmatical nonsense. I wouldn't fall for it . I would remark that the variables preclude any reasonable guess for practical purposes. BUT I do appreciate the question's novelty and will say, "about a third of all planes in existence, because some are landing, some are boarding and the remainder are in flight."
- Wendy Godfrey on Mar 04, 2011 Flag Response

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