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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1851689559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851689552
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,914 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."

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Enjoyable. Editor's Pick.

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Subtle and sophisticated... you will love this book.

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A great book.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Alex Ireland on 8 May 2012
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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 By J. Lock on 14 July 2012
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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 By Frances H on 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 By J. Duncan on 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 By C. Cunningham on 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 By David on 22 Jan 2013
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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 By el01jab on 2 Dec 2012
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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 By barr on 19 Jun 2012
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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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