As we’re all aware, job interviews can be soul-curdling things. If you’ve even been in a situation where you get asked a question that you can’t answer, you know it can be a total deal-breaker. But have you ever wondered about the sort of interview questions that even the brainiest of job candidates have trouble with?

An interviewee has revealed the question that left him completely stumped during an interview with computer giants, Microsoft – and cost him the job. (If you can answer this, you’re basically a genius and should ceremoniously throw your papers off your desk, immediately.)

The interviewee was asked what the area of a right triangle would be if it had a hypotenuse measuring 10 cm and an altitude equal to 6 cm. Right. We’re already lost.

However, the applicant had a pretty smart answer for the question, which he revealed on the Q&A site Quora: ‘As area of any triangle is 0.5, the base multiplied by the height, the answer to this question would be 0.5 x 10 x 6, which evaluates to 30.’

Sounds like a logical answer to a horrifying question, right?

Wrong.

Is it time to swipe right on your job?

The interviewers revealed that a triangle with such measurements could not exist. So it was a trick question? Give him a break, guys!

If you answered that correctly, do yourself a favour and apply for NASA or something.