By Ian Bush

By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – For all of today’s meaningless business jargon, leave it to Google to come up with questions for job applicants that were positively unanswerable — even with the help of the search engine.  Now, the company admits it’s all baloney.

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How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?  How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?

These — and plenty more — gems of guff from Google were designed to highlight creative problem-solving on the part of a prospective employee.

They proved much the opposite, says Laszlo Block.  Google’s senior VP of People Operations tells the New York Times the questions turned out to be a “complete waste,” predicting nothing, and serving “primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.”

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Block says now, instead of made-up management mumbo-jumbo they’re asking applicants to explain the choices they made in difficult situations — actual problems encountered in the real world (imagine that).

To see the questions Google used to ask, click here.

And, to see some answers to the weirdest ones, click here.

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