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# How Smart Are You?

#### Applied Minds is a company that attracts some of the world's most creative engineers and designers. To be hired, applicants experience a very different type of interview. They are presented with a plastic case full of gadgets. They must examine each of the items, identify it if they can, and discuss its possible uses. It's the thinking associated with this process that counts most not being able to identify the item.

By Michael DiSpezio|Thursday, December 04, 2003

Thinking Tests

There are all sorts of tests that are supposed to evaluate creativity and thinking. Applied Minds use a face-to-face interview that explores how an individual analyzes gadgets and gizmos. Here are several other tests that engage creativity. To take them, all you need is a pencil and your creative thinking skills.

1. Examine and analyze this object. Suppose it could be any size and composed of any material. Think about it. Then, list five possible uses or roles that it may have.

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2. Examine and analyze this object. Suppose it could be any size and made of any material. Think about it. Then, list five possible uses or roles that it may have.

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3. Examine and analyze this object. Suppose it could be any size and any material. Think about it. Then, list five possible uses or roles that it may have.

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How good are you at solving puzzles? Puzzle solving often requires novel approaches and a fresh approach to the challenge. Take a look at the drawing below. Can you draw four straight lines that go through all nine dots? The four lines must be connected, forming one single (bent) line.

(HINT: Think out of the box!)

Here's a mind-stretching maze puzzle. Your challenge is to connect the squares of identical color. The curved lines cannot go out of the box. In addition, the lines can't cross each other or run through a square of another color.  Give it a try and don't give up. It can be done!

Answer: Spin it right side up to uncover how the lines should be drawn