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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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I spent 9 months unemployed after graduation and going through the same job hunting process and interview style questions as mentioned in this book. This book surely does not disappoint. Poundstone also explores the usefulness of more traditional interview techniques.

Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?

Even if you plan on being the interviewer instead of the interviewee it might help. Depends on how much time they’d spend listening to my problem solving. Poundstone has packed this little book with enough mind-bending riddles to make anyone go cross-eyed. There is quite a lot of sucking up to Google, actually, even though the effectiveness of the company’s methods is far from proven. The fun part is that in the end, they are much easier to solve than you’d think.

I recently read that, unfortunately, this perk has been rescinded at Google.

Brief Answers to the Big Questions review: The last half of the book supplies not just the answers to all the puzzles, but detailed explanations as well.

There is food for thought here whether you are in the job market, in school, have kids in school, or just want to stretch your brain out a little bit. The interviewer will never tell you whether you’re doing good or bad.

PS If riddles make you feel stupid, that’s OK.


Although, if I could combine the riddle busting powers of my boyfriend and I into one person we might have a fighting chance of being able to… submit a resume. Open Preview See enlugh Problem?

There is also a list of useful websites on the matter to refer to, at the end of the book. I was able to solve some, others I flubbed.

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

I was pleased that I came up with workable answers that weren’t included in Poundstone’s chapters. The advice is good not just for Google, but for many other companies as well. View all 5 comments. Poundstone sometimes over-explains things too, such as what a prime number is, which does not suggest a high opinion of our smartness either. Aside from the main riddles for which the answers have a dedicated chapter, there are a couple of extra questions in the main text which don’t have spoiler warnings; a minor nuisance.

A time where key skills will be adaptability and a willingness to keep learning, no matter how much you fall.

Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? – Wikipedia

I didn’t regret it for a second. Another puzzle asks what follows the sequence 10, 9, 60, 90, 70, Motor Sport Ask Brian: When answering, you must also explain your reasoning. How can you use the biased coin to make a fair decision? If you are thinking of finding a new job or just like brainteasers, this may be a good book for you.

It provides a behind-the-scenes account of the techniques, tricks, and ninja mind games that a job seeker might enounter 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.

Lots of them are quite tricky. May 23, Shanthanu rated it really liked it Shelves: Where we played Ms.

How to brainstorm on the fly, ways to question you interviewer to buy time and get extra hints to help solve the problem. Oct 21, Nattawut Phetmak rated it liked enougy. 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.


The second half of the book is devoted to finding the best way to solve each problem. Since I am not going to facing tricky interview questions anytime soon, I thought it would be fun to tackle them as a puzzle and review the mental processes necessary to solve same.

Jan 20, Rachel rated it liked it. Picked this up in Union Station, DC before a ot to Tampa and found it an interesting way to pass the time. Not very much, you won’t. How to make the most of your Full sucking-up-to-Google marks, however, go to anybody who suggests 1 with zeroes after it, which can be written as “ten googol”, the maths term from which the company took its name.

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William Poundstone underscores the right mindset any person can and should develop. After all, according to the data the author presents, interviews really are no true reflection on how the applicant is actually going to perform on the job. What is the proportion of boys to girls in this country?

The chance of one toss producing a head is different from the chance of it producing a tail, but the chance of two tosses producing a head then a tail is the same as the chance of two tosses producing a tail then a head.