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How Would You Move Mount Fuji?: Microsoft's Cult of the Puzzle: Microsoft's Cult of the Puzzle - How the World's Smartest Companies Select the Most Creative Thinkers [Paperback]

William Poundstone
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26 May 2005

Microsoft's interview process is a notoriously gruelling sequence of brain-busting questions that separate the most creative thinkers from the merely brilliant. So effective is their technique that other leading corporations - from the high-tech industry to consulting and financial services - are modelling their own hiring practices on Bill Gates' unique approach. HOW WOULD YOU MOVE MOUNT FUJI? reveals for the first time more than 35 of Microsoft's puzzles and riddles, such as:

* Why does a mirror reverse right and left but not up and down?

* If you could eliminate one U.S. state, which would it be?

* How many piano tuners are there in the world?

And for the first time, this book supplies answers and approaches using creative analytical thinking that works. Anyone in business, and everyone who wants to be, will find this book a valuable new approach to hiring, identifying talent in an organization, and getting the job of a lifetime.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown US; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (26 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316778494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316778497
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...how puzzles can - and cannot - identify the potential stars of a competitive company (BOSTON Globe)

A fun read, useful and enjoyable, not just for those in the job market. Poundstone's engaging, easy-going writing style steers readers through (USA TODAY)

It's all about thinking out of the box (WIRED)

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* How the world's smartest companies select the most creative thinkers

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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, but incomplete. 21 Oct 2005
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
We recommend this book to people trying to get hired at Microsoft or companies influenced by its hiring practices; people who want to think critically about how hiring practices work; and people who want to see how smart they are. The last group includes those who enjoy puzzles, and will relish the fun, challenging questions presented here. The book's core is a collection of entertaining brainteasers from job interviews. Given the high level of competition, most people who are trying to get hired at Microsoft probably need the edge it provides. Readers can work methodically through the questions, and the reasons behind them, to build a general approach for dealing with most puzzles. Readers who want to reflect on hiring practices - such as human resources personnel or scholars of corporate culture - will find the book intriguing but incomplete. Author William Poundstone is incredibly useful when discussing the gaps between what these questions do and what they are intended to do, but he delivers only quick sketches of explanations about how corporate culture retains these approaches despite their relative lack of function. His suggestions for alternative approaches are equally brief. Even after reading this entertaining book, readers are likely to find that perfecting their companies' interviewing processes will continue to be something of a puzzle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book - but I hope it gets me a good job! 17 Jan 2013
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Great little book - which gives the background on why high-tech companies ask these questions, and quite a few puzzles you can share with your family and friends.

I can't comment on the efficacy of this book yet for interview preparation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present 27 Mar 2014
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Bought this for brother as Xmas present, the boy who has everything. Thought would be handy for next job interview.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book 22 Feb 2011
I'm not sure how good it is to prepare you for a Microsoft interview but in any case it's a fun book to read. Nice puzzles to keep you amused.
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