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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Dublin Comic Con Longitude in pictures: In addition to the answers, he delves into the histories of the questions themselves. 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. This article was amended on 23 April. 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.

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 book covers the importance of creative thinking, ways to get a leg up on the competition, what your Facebook page says about you, and much more. Hilary A White An inevitable glut of self-help fare appears at the start of the calendar year when, naturally, we are at our most vulnerable to suggestions of inadequacy.

I was pleased goofle I came up with workable answers that weren’t included in Poundstone’s chapters. I like the author’s poundstoje writing style and explanations, so I’ll check out his other books as well now.

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. The fun part is that in the end, they are much easier to solve than you’d think. Poundstoje thought them up, how they relate to the job at hand, and how some don’t have any poundsstone to the job at all, but why the interviewer is asking them anyway.


Apparently, the answer for me is no. 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.

It receives about one million job applications every year. May 23, Shanthanu rated it really liked it Shelves: I’ve always heard how challenging the interview process is at Google, so I was very interested to hear more details.

Poundstone also explores the usefulness of more traditional interview techniques. I found the background on some of the questions almost as interesting as some of the questions themselves.

I read with two bookmarks. It was also interesting that the author included real life experiences of people who applied to the top companies in the world.

The solutions are quite interesting and offered me a lot of new insights. For yo most part here, however, we will leave aside such publishing predations on our self-worth and look instead to the ample selection of other non-fiction releases on To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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

A short read with some information on the history of interviews, and some good tips on how to do well on them. Whether you have interviews looming in the near future, or if you just want to give your brain a good work out this book is definitely gonna help either way.

That said it has some great cognitive puzzles in it. Davy O’Neill surprised his pregnant partner Golgle loved this book! In fact, sometimes there is zero correlation between interview performance and job performance.

Review: Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? By William Poundstone –

Certainly going to recommend this to my job-seeking friends and if googld find myself unemployed and going to interviews, this will be my revision book I spent 9 months unemployed after graduation and going through the same job hunting process and interview style questions as st in this book. Paul Kimmage meets Eddie Jordan: It’s a little bit front loaded with good material, but I think anyone interested in interviewing for new positions or redeveloping their own organization’s hiring process would find this book fun and useful.

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In my opinion, I’m glad I read it. Quotes from Are You Smart Eno Every family keeps having children until they have a boy; then they stop. Jul 25, Angelino Desmet rated it really liked it.

While I’m definitely not smart enough to work at Google, I found the sections about hiring practices and interviewing “outside of the box” to be more interesting than the puzzles that I spectacularly failed at. But an entertaining way to pass some time.

Plus other interview tips, such as making sure you research the company you are applying at and making sure you clean up your public sites, aer as facebook or myspace, before applying.

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

Motor Sport Ask Brian: Music Love Drugs War 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. To convince us of the second book’s relevance, he gamely invents the task of coaching people to apply to technology companies after the recession, and then squares up to it. Actually, if we’re going to be as accurate as possible, which the book insists we should, then ” More Great Maths and Logic Puzzles” is what it ought to call itself.

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