If you want to work at Google, or any of America’s best companies, you need to have an answer to this and other puzzling questions. ARE YOU SMART. Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google is a business book by Pulitzer Prize-nominated science writer, William Poundstone, describing details of the. Some way into this book, you realise something, or at least I did. Only the first pages have anything to do with Google’s interview technique.

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The demands in the current workplace are and the workplace of the near future will be, by necessity, more complex, more dependent on lateral thinking and creativity, and much less focused on the idea of “one right answer.

Also useful to scan in preparation for any interview because you never know who is sitting on the other side of the desk and what will be that ONE thing that sets you apart from the other candidates. Poundstone studied physics at MIT and many of his ideas concern the social and financial impact of scientific ideas. Who thought them up, how they relate to the job at hand, and how some don’t have any relevance to the poyndstone at all, but why the interviewer is asking them anyway.

Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? – Wikipedia

Jan 24, Monica rated it really liked it Shelves: Fnough asked one of the brain teasing questions, you must consider your options, and then come up with and answer someone has never heard before. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I like the author’s clear writing style and explanations, so I’ll check out his other books as well now. Honestly, this book is amazing. May 23, Shanthanu rated it really liked it Shelves: As I read that question on the second page, I remembered my stepsons at ages 13 and 14 arguing about whether Batman’s car or the car of his nemesis was faster.


Order by newest oldest recommendations. In fact the style of questioning is no longer used at Google. Inevitably, interviewers favour candidates who “do well on interviews”, he says — those who “look good, talk a good game and make the right jokes”. The author also gave quite a few tips on what to do if you’re hit with questions you don’t quite know how to answer. I was pleased that I came up with workable answers that weren’t included in Poundstone’s chapters.

I found the background on some of the questions almost as interesting as some of the questions themselves.

Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? by William Poundstone – review

I really liked that it gave an idea of how top companies select workers and what characteristics they look for. Because once you got to the answer, it was simple and you got a little mad at yourself for not having thought of it earlier.

It was funny and informative. If told you were an inch tall and stuck in a blender, and asked how to get out, you must come up with an efficient answer, and explain how. And some are just fun to try to remember such as getting the lions and men across the river. Only one in applicants will succeed in getting a job there. Pacman and ate up power pills and little ghosts, they play games where they have to use different characters with different skills and attributes to solve multi-layered problems.

I liked how it explained certain things that employers at Google do to test the interviewee. I found outright beauty in the reasoning that seeks the quickest way, with two eggs, to determine which floor in a storey building is the highest you can safely drop one from. People in the tall building quickly responded to the aircraft, drawing their own large sign: No trivia or quizzes yet.

And the answer to that number sequence poundstne Certainly going to recommend this to my job-seeking friends and if i find myself unemployed and going to interviews, this will be my revision book the night before.


Nov 08, Crina Bucur rated it really liked it Shelves: Your brain is growing, provided that work for it. William Poundstone underscores the right mindset any person can and should develop.

Smaart next number could poundsone 96 since “ninety-six” contains one letter more than “sixty-six”, and everything beginning “one hundred” is already too long. I still had fun though. Picked this up in Union Station, DC before a return to Tampa and found it an interesting way to pass zre time. I read with two bookmarks. This book is all about Google. The book correctly points out that, even though lots of companies rely on such puzzles during interviews, they are not reliable predictors of eventual performance on the job.

Could it be possible it was just over my head? Allocate head-then-tail to one team and tail-then-head to the other, then keep tossing the coin in groups of two, ignoring double heads or double tails, goofle you get a result. It is also a perfect pick for those of us with ADD – no need to read front to back here. They had been watching the animated TV series of Batman, and their argument became quite heated. That said it has some great cognitive puzzles in it.

Jan 20, Rachel rated it liked it. Pounvstone was also interesting that the author included real life experiences of people who applied to the top companies in the world. That’s the hardest part. The puzzles are kind off intersting. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.