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Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?: Fiendish Puzzles and Impossible Interview Questions from the World's Top Companies [Paperback]

William Poundstone
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1 April 2012

You are shrunk to the height of a penny and thrown in a blender. The blades start moving in sixty seconds. What do you do? If you want to work at Google, or any of the world’s top employers, you’ll need to have a convincing answer to this and countless other baffling puzzles.

Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? Reveals the new extreme interview questions in the postcrash, hypercompetitive job-market and uncovers the extraordinary lengths to which the best companies will go to find the right staff. Bestselling author William Poundstone guides readers through the surprising solutions to over a hundred of the most challenging conundrums used in interviews, as well as covering the importance of creative thinking, what your Facebook page says about you, and what really goes on inside the Googleplex. How will you fare?


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851689176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851689170
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Serious ammunition to pack for your next job interview." --Kirkus Reviews

"Poundstone offers strategies for making the best of nerve-racking situations, decoding interviewer's hidden agendas, and salvaging a doomed interview, in a solid treatment peppered with mind-bending puzzles. Poundstone's energetic, compelling writing...makes the book fun even for nonjob seekers." --Publishers Weekly

"Enjoyable." --The Bookseller - Editor's Pick

"As usual, Poundstone delivers. Delightful, fun, and worth a read." --Seth Godin, Bestselling author of Linchpin

"An enjoyably brainstretching account of the world's toughest, most mischievous job-interview questions. Engaging, fun, constantly challenging - and best of all, Poundstone explains the answers." --David Rowan, Editor of Wired

Excellent --Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

‘a useful tool for job hunters, or even just those who feel brave enough to pit their wits against some of the more difficult challenges it presents from the safety of their armchairs’ Irish Times review

‘A very engaging read’ Irish Independent review

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"As usual, Poundstone delivers. Delightful, fun, and worth a read."

(Seth Godin)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like puzzles, you'll like this? 8 May 2012
Format:Paperback
You need to toss a coin for a football match. The only coin you have is bent and biased towards one outcome. How do you use the coin and ensure a fair toss?

I love a good puzzle and there are certainty plenty of thought provoking mind benders in this book - most of which I had not heard before. Author William Poundstone (author of 'How Would You Move Mount Fuji' and 'Fortune's Formula') describes various puzzles that are likely to be part of a Google interview process - that company now estimated to be running over one billion search requests per day! Some other aspects of Google are covered, but the subject matter is predominately puzzles - all types of puzzles: fermi questions, deductive logic, numeracy skill, algorithm questions and some grade A counter intuitive mind boggling teasers!

One can't help asking the question why Google bothers with all of this? Surely, the point of an interview is to see if someone can do a certain type of work and the interview should be a fair attempt to assess a candidate's suitability. I have had the fortune (some would say misfortune) to be part of world of Software engineering for the last 15 years. I am passionate about it, but I'll be the first to admit it isn't just about solving fun puzzles. Following best practises, following agreed processes, keeping up to speed with technology, documenting solutions so others can see what's going on are all very important things to make a good software engineer. And it's not always sexy work. Sometimes it requires patience, debugging ugly code while sticking to a tight project deadline. Ascertaining how good someone is at all this in an interview setting can be difficult - especially when it's very easy for a good candidate to freeze from nerves or get an unexpected mental block.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent If You Love Puzzles 14 July 2012
By J. Lock
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As others have said this book is designed for people that loving solving puzzles, and especially if they have a good background in mathematics as many of the puzzles require mathematical equations. I would say this is a book that you dip into rather than read from cover to cover. It's a good book to take for example to break up the boredom on long journeys. Only some of the puzzles are actually lateral thinking, the rest require some paper and a pen to really work them out. The author even tells if you were asked certain questions what to write up on the whiteboard in the interview room to impress the interviewer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure I am! 19 Jun 2012
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This is a very interesting and thought-provoking book, but just about complicated enough to make you wonder if completeing it should be the first stage when applying for a job at google!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Travel Book 14 May 2012
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Better as a quiz book than a guide, lots of great questions to get you through long bus journeys! If the answer only takes you a couple of minutes your probably wrong!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome present 15 Mar 2013
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A gift was required for a very smart relative who works in a high power position for an International firm. This seems to have given him an entertaining mental workout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept but bogged down later 22 Jan 2013
By David
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Preferred the first half of the book with quesitons designed to make you think. Second half had too many stats but this may appeal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 2 Dec 2012
By el01jab
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Really interesting read, if you enjoy challenging puzzles. Written in an informal style which is easy to read. Fun gift idea for puzzle lovers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 19 Jun 2012
By barr
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This book sets out typical interview questions and approaches being applied in the current competitive jobs market. It gives an insight into the why and what the interviewer may be seeking from the candidate.
It is well written , thought provoking, challenging and keeps your interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. These questions are designed to get you ...
Great book. These questions are designed to get you to search for (sound familiar) and apply all the bits of random information you have. Read more
Published 14 days ago by bill butler planner
4.0 out of 5 stars “Are you smart enough to work at Google
The very first thing that attracted my attention was the title: “Are you smart enough to work at Google? Read more
Published 29 days ago by Natasha Botha
5.0 out of 5 stars A good and interesting read
An interesting book filled with tough puzzles. Definitely helps you to think outside the box and with preparations for interviews.
Published 2 months ago by Chua Chien An
5.0 out of 5 stars Not smart enough
Book is extremely entertaining and gets you to think. It has an abundance of examples and a review of how work is carried out in larger corporations with a focus on creativity (not... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener
Certainly opened my mind and got me thinking about how to answer those unexpected and sometimes awkward questions in interviews
Published 4 months ago by P. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars the future
great read, makes you think.

my son loved this book.....

bright future ahead for him.

thanks again for quick and painless process
Published 5 months ago by joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars Aha!
This is a fascinating book: partly because it provides insight into 21st century recruitment processes, and mostly for the amazing variety of problems that you are challenged to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Grancy
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read
Reading the book was fun, made seek interviews in a different perspective. The solutions to the puzzles are very well explained and easy to read.
Published 6 months ago by Theo
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking
An excellent read for direct purposes, but just in general a good insight into the process.
Love all the puzzles - it has reminded me of a lot of old knowledge I had built up... Read more
Published 7 months ago by P. Kennedy
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I enjoyed the way the book was written but I was lost on the puzzles and lateral thinking. I am obviously not smart enough to work at Google. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Big H
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