Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Start reading Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? [Paperback]

William Poundstone
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
RRP: 12.99
Price: 9.77 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over 10. Details
You Save: 3.22 (25%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 25 April? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition 1.39  
Hardcover --  
Paperback 6.29  
Paperback, 1 April 2012 9.77 Trade-In Store
Did you know you can use your mobile to trade in your unwanted books for an Gift Card to spend on the things you want? Visit the Books Trade-In Store for more details or check out the Trade-In Amazon Mobile App Guidelines on how to trade in using a smartphone. Learn more.

Book Description

1 April 2012
You are shrunk to the height of a ten-pence piece and thrown in a blender. The blades start moving in 60 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 tricky puzzles. Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? reveals the new extreme interview questions in the post-crash, hypercompetitive job-market and uncovers the extraordinary lengths the best companies will go to find the right staff. William Poundstone guides readers through the surprising solutions to over a hundred of the most challenging conundrums actually used in interviews, as well as covering the importance of creative thinking, what your Facebook page says about you, and much, much more.

Frequently Bought Together

Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? + Cracking the Coding Interview: 150 Programming Questions and Solutions
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Paperback: 304 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


"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


'Entertaining' Independent on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
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.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Travel Book 14 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome present 15 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Preferred the first half of the book with quesitons designed to make you think. Second half had too many stats but this may appeal.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 2 Dec 2012
By el01jab
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Really interesting read, if you enjoy challenging puzzles. Written in an informal style which is easy to read. Fun gift idea for puzzle lovers.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure I am! 19 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 19 Jun 2012
By barr
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 28 days 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 4 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 11 months ago by Big H
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
arrived on time and the book is nice and useful at the same time, especially if you are preparing a interview
Published 12 months ago by Cristian Gambino
2.0 out of 5 stars This needs to be rewritten with the answers at the end of each chapter...
A good read but would be better as a book so you could flick through to the end to see the answers and miss the boring bits
Published 12 months ago by rose breakspear
3.0 out of 5 stars Some of his solutions are off the mark
I am enjoying this book, if you like puzzles then its a bit of a laugh.

I'm disappointed though that some of his solutions are a little off the mark:

Q. Read more
Published 12 months ago by H. Hulme
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category