It\’s apparently customary, when being interviewed for a job in the consulting industry, to be asked to estimate various numerical quantities: how many cars are rented each week in the United States? What proportion of the total mass of American citizens is made up of males? I think that in asking these questions the interviewer is testing your ability to carry out rapid approximate quantitative reasoning, or, alternatively, to make confident assertions about whose truth you\’re almost completely ignorant — both important skills in that line of work.
Anyway, here are two questions. I know the answer to the first one, and will reveal it tomorrow. Put your unreasonably confident answers in comments!
- What is the total number of living alumni (all degrees) of UW-Madison?
- What is the population of the largest U.S. city without a Chinese restaurant?
Update: (24 Mar) Commenter QXW is in the lead on question 2, observing that the city of Rye, NY (pop. 14,955) has no Chinese restaurants per Google Maps. Can it really be true?