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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This book is all about Google.

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Jan 24, Monica rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 07, Polly rated it it was ok Shelves: Topics Computing and the net books The Observer. People in the tall building quickly responded to the aircraft, drawing their own large sign: Apr 26, Barbara rated it really liked it. What is the proportion of boys to girls in this country? This book surely does not disappoint.

Davy O’Neill surprised his pregnant partner While I do enjoy some logic puzzles, this book helped remind me why I hate math and wound up an English major. Mar 28, Grumpus rated it it was ok Shelves: But I also realize that the demands on the brains of this generation are fantastically different. Apparently, the answer for me is no. 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.


In fact the style of questioning is no …more No, it does not give insight into Google’s culture. This, after all, is the sequel to a compendium of Microsoft’s interview questions already published by the author, William Poundstone, a Pulitzer-nominated science writer. Poundstone studied physics at MIT and many of his ideas concern the social and eniugh impact of scientific ideas.

May 24, Lisa rated it liked it. It provides a behind-the-scenes account of the techniques, tricks, and ninja mind games that a job seeker might enounter Dublin Comic Con Longitude in pictures: 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. John Mulligan Twitter Email.

Some ok, most of the torture, er, I mean interview, techniques used border on the sadistic and pathological. I was pleased that I came up with workable answers that weren’t included in Poundstone’s chapters.

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. But while Poundstone’s book is ostensibly one about getting on board the Google express, it’s really an insight into how companies in general approach the hiring process and worl interviewers frequently ask the most seemingly inane questions — if you were a colour what colour would you be, or if you were an animal what animal would you be — are just two of the more obvious ones.

The emphasized traits are particularly essential considering our future characterized by continuous technological advancement. This book would help you prepare your mind for that type of thinking and I would highly recommend this book if you were going to interview at Google.


I think if the book had more information about Google and working there, it would be more intriguing. Only the first pages have anything to do with Google’s interview ejough. There is also lots of interview advice, when applying for a job. But maybe if you use some of these more interesting questions, or versions of them, you can at least see who REALLY wants the job.

Basically this pooundstone is full of challenges. His books have sold over half a million copies worldwide. I just started a new job in the past month and went through the interview process a couple of times and fortunately never had any questions like this.

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. I really liked that it gave an neough of how top companies select workers and what characteristics they look for.

Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?

From great youu to film reviews and listings, entertainment has you covered. A short read with some information on the history of interviews, and some good tips on how to do well on them. In my opinion, I’m glad I read it. Some of the things I read in this book really shocked me as I had never really thought about it that way.