Company, a division of the Hachette Book Group, Inc., New York. The moral right of William Poundstone to be identified as the Author of this work has been. If you want to work at Google, or any of America's best companies, This was a fun, insightful and creative book that really gets you thinking. This book presents answers and solutions to some of the weirdest and most If you want to work at Google, or any of America's best companies, you need to.
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Editorial Reviews. Review. "Serious ammunition to pack for your next job interview."―Kirkus How To Get A Job At Google (Nail Your Job Interview Book 2). Editorial Reviews. Review. "Serious ammunition to pack for your next job interview."―Kirkus . However, this book alone would probably not help you get a job at Google or anywhere else - riddles or not. The most interesting thing I found in. Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?: . William Poundstone is the author of twelve books, including How Would You Move Mount Fuji? and Fortune's.
It said it had insanely difficult puzzles. I bought it for those puzzles. It did not have those puzzles. This was a fun, insightful and creative book that really gets you thinking. It was fun to get a group of people together, read the question and sit back and listen to the answers. I won this from Goodreads.
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Hardcover , pages. Published January 4th by Little, Brown and Company first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Does this one have similar insights about Google as a company, as a place to work? Alicia No, it does not give insight into Google's culture. In fact the style of questioning is no …more No, it does not give insight into Google's culture.
In fact the style of questioning is no longer used at Google. That said it has some great cognitive puzzles in it. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 13, Laurie rated it really liked it Shelves: I don't really want to work at Google, but what a trippy little book!
As a mother of two teens ugh I often complain about how easy school is with the resources today's kids have and how little time they seem to spend actually working hard at academics. But I also realize that the demands on the brains of this generation are fantastically different.
Where we remembered information, they much evaluate and analyze. Where we played Ms.
Pacman and ate up power pills and little ghosts, th I don't really want to work at Google, but what a trippy little book! 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. 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.
That said, would I be hired at Google? Depends on how much time they'd spend listening to my problem solving. I was pleased that I came up with workable answers that weren't included in Poundstone's chapters. I also bailed on several and had issues with some of the lines of reasoning in others. All in all, this book was wicked fun and a challenge to be sure. 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.
It is also a perfect pick for those of us with ADD - no need to read front to back here. View 1 comment. Mar 28, Grumpus rated it it was ok Shelves: The short answer to the title of this book is "No". 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.
Still, its good to know the types of questions employers may be asking these days. 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. Also useful to scan in preparation for any interview because you The short answer to the title of this book is "No". 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.
In my opinion though, the book seemed to drone on and I found it very repetitious. Could it be possible it was just over my head?
Ok, yes. Sep 05, David rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a fun book of puzzles of all types; mathematical, logical, algorithms, estimation, mind games and creativity. There is also lots of interview advice, when applying for a job.
The advice is good not just for Google, but for many other companies as well. It was fun trying to solve the puzzles. Lots of them are quite tricky. I was able to solve some, others I flubbed.
The book correctly points out that, even though lots of companies rely on such puzzles during interviews, they are not reliabl This is a fun book of puzzles of all types; mathematical, logical, algorithms, estimation, mind games and creativity.
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. In fact, sometimes there is zero correlation between interview performance and job performance. I recently read that, unfortunately, this perk has been rescinded at Google. The last half of the book supplies not just the answers to all the puzzles, but detailed explanations as well.
The style of the writing has a light touch, and is often subtly humorous. I recommend the book for all those who like a diverse range of challenging puzzles. Apr 04, Lisa rated it liked it Recommends it for: In a word, "No. The blades start moving in sixty seconds. 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.
They had been watching the animated TV series of Batman, and their argument became quite heated. I wanted to yell at them that they were disagreeing about an animated TV show that by definition was not real and they were wasting their time and efforts because it was all nonsense. Google probably doesn't hire many 55 year olds. If you have a job interview with a company like Google one that likes to hire creative smart people read this book to prepare for stupid questions like the blender question or a more reasonable one that you just need a little warm up for like: The second half of the book is devoted to finding the best way to solve each problem.
If you are thinking of finding a new job or just like brainteasers, this may be a good book for you. Apr 17, Karly Steele Lyle rated it liked it Shelves: Poundstone has packed this little book with enough mind-bending riddles to make anyone go cross-eyed. Imagine, if you will, being in an interview and having any of these bad boys dropped onto your lap: Every family keeps having children until they have a boy; then they stop.
What is the proportion of boys to girls in this country? And for inquiring minds, no, I am not smart enough to work at Google. 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.
Readers are guaranteed a good time and a roller coaster of emotions ranging from pride "Victory! I am a genius! This is totally ridiculous!. Jan 17, Aimeekay rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this book! It was funny and informative.
Poundstone presents some of the toughest interview questions that are actually being asked by companies today.
In addition to the answers, he delves into the histories of the questions themselves. Who thought them up, how they relate to the job at hand, and how some don't have any relevance to the job at all, but why the interviewer is asking them anyway. I found the background on some of the questions almost as interesting as some of the question I loved this book! I found the background on some of the questions almost as interesting as some of the questions themselves.
It was also quite fun trying to figure out the answers.
I read with two bookmarks. One keeping my place in beginning of the book, and one in the back were Poundstone had listed each questions answer in order that they had appeared in the book itself. I'm not going to even try to pretend that I have the genius to work at google, or some of the other companies that these questions were gleaned from, so it shouldn't be a surprise when I say that more often then not the answers I came up with were no where near correct.
I still had fun though. 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. How to brainstorm on the fly, ways to question you interviewer to download time and get extra hints to help solve the problem. Also ways to phrase your answers so that even if they are wrong you don't look like a complete idiot.
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, such as facebook or myspace, before applying.
After all if you are googling them, then they definitely are googling you. 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.
Even if you plan on being the interviewer instead of the interviewee it might help. 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. 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.
Nov 08, Crina Bucur rated it really liked it Shelves: Great collection of brainteasers and logical puzzles to keep you entertained. The subtleties are thoroughly debated, explanations are satisfactory and the author gracefully manages not to be boring, even when getting technical.
There is also a list of useful websites on the matter to refer to, at the end of the book. I absolutely love this book!!!
I stumbled uponit at a huuuuge book shop in London, not even in the smart thinkers sections which I loved so much and where it actually would have fit, but somewhere else where I wasn't even interested in looking but mum and I met there like I said, the store was huge. So I saw it, read the first like two pages and thought I had to download it.
I didn't regret it for a second. Honestly, this book is amazing. Thrilling, interesting, challenging. The logic puzzles which I absolutely love this book!!! The logic puzzles which were the main part of this book were great and though I felt super stupid not being able to answer the majority of them, I feel like I learned from that. 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.
I'll definitely download the author's previous book too and search for similar ones. If you know some, please tell me! Mar 03, Michael rated it it was amazing. I spent 9 months unemployed after graduation and going through the same job hunting process and interview style questions as mentioned in this book.
I sucked at the interview questions, I was seriously useless but this book really is brilliant. It explains what interviewers are looking for and gives answers to many common questions you'll likely face. 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 I spent 9 months unemployed after graduation and going through the same job hunting process and interview style questions as mentioned in this book.
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.
I like the author's clear writing style and explanations, so I'll check out his other books as well now. Oct 21, Nattawut Phetmak rated it liked it. Jan 20, Rachel rated it liked it.