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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 – 26 May 2005


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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: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,354 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
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 By pp on 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tiw on 28 Dec. 2006
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Another demonstration of Microsoft geekiness.

You don't need to be preparing for an interview in order to buy this book.

It is full of brain teasers & smart answers for tricky questions which will make your brain busy for hours..

You will also have a lot to talk with your friends if they all read the book, will try to find geeker answers to the questions if you are one of a kind.

I read it, I loved it; if there will be a second book with more questions in it, i would not hesitate but would go and buy it.
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By AmazonAddicts on 22 Feb. 2011
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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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