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Here's a great way to weed out the idiots who never should have applied for the job in the first place. McKinsey & Company is a prestigious consulting firm who only offers jobs to recent grads who are super smart and stuff. So, they wrote their phone number in a complex mathematical formula that job seekers had to solve before they could even call the firm. I imagine "sorry, you must have the wrong number" would start to feel more like "sorry, you must have crap for brains." The problem is x=24, y=30 Phone:=01.(y²-x).(y²-10²)x10 Let me know if any of you solve it.

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22 comments:

will cote said...

i got 700 and then 4 more numbers. which makes me think i am close. i don't get what the "01.(" means. does it mean just "1" if so why the 0 in front of it. anybody know? i think since i don't understand it, it must be unsolveable.

Brad said...

Problem: x=24, y=30 Phone:=01.(y²-x).(y²-10²)x10

Solution: 01.(30^2-24).(30^2-100)x10=01.876.8000

That's all I got. I don't know if that's a phone number, but I have no idea what to do with the periods, so maybe they just divide the numbers. Whatever.

This is Brad, Katelyn's friend that you met... probably 2 years ago now.

Anonymous said...

McKinsey & Company Switzerland

Alpenstrasse 3
8065 Zurich
phone: +41 44 876 8000
fax: +41 44 876 9000
email: info@mckinsey.ch

01.876.800 is the phone-number for local calls ;)

zuperstar [www.zuperstar.de]

Anonymous said...

McKinsey & Company Switzerland

Alpenstrasse 3
8065 Zurich
phone: +41 44 876 8000
fax: +41 44 876 9000
email: info@mckinsey.ch

01.876.800 is the phone-number for local calls ;)

zuperstar, www.zuperstar.de

Nitz said...

I don't know if I would count it as a "complex mathematical equation" !
I did it in my head, using only schoolboy maths from 20 years ago, I'm not a graduate, & I don't use numbers at work!

Anonymous said...

Easy, I do worse stuff for my homework.

01.876.8000

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said :
01.876.800 is the phone-number for local calls ;)

It's wrong ! We don't use "01" in Switzerland for local calls ! The TRUE number for local calls in Switzerland will be 044 876 80 00 !
OR 0041 44 876 80 00, but not 01 876 8000...

marcus said...

Well they need to change the formula now cause Zurich Prefix number 01 is out of date and it's 044 for the old 01 Numbers or it's 043 for the new numbers in Zurich.

richard said...

it is from the UK. try to call them using skype. this business apparently has incredibly low standards. i showed this to and 8th grader and he solved it

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Anonymous said...

I guess it depends where the sign was put, but if it's american then I'd assume 01.xxx.xxxxxxx

In which case to get the correct number of digits, I'd guess the last x is a variable not a multiplication symbol.

So 01.876.800 2410

But who knows.

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