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You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown in a blender. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do? 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 ENOUGH TO WORK AT GOOGLE? guides readers through the surprising solutions to dozens of the most challenging interview questions. The book covers the importance of creative thinking, ways to get a leg up on the ...

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Overview

You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown in a blender. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do? 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 ENOUGH TO WORK AT GOOGLE? guides readers through the surprising solutions to dozens of the most challenging interview questions. 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. ARE YOU SMART ENOUGH TO WORK AT GOOGLE? is a must read for anyone who wants to succeed in today's job market.

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Editorial Reviews

Denver Post
"Amusing."
Christian Science Monitor
"A helpful guide."
New Scientist Culture Lab
"A neat little manifesto on interview technique...Touring through a huge number of puzzles, he provides a truly exhaustive account of all the factors you're meant to consider when thinking your way through the solutions. Tackling [them] is incredibly gratifying, when you're not withering under the baleful eye of a potential employer."
Bloomberg Businessweek
"For those in the job market, Poundstone provides a handy survey of killer questions and how to answer them. For others, he offers the challenge of matching wits with people at America's most innovative companies. As for employers, he presents a timely warning about creative thinking and why job interviews don't work...The format affords Poundstone room to display his scientific knowledge, mathematical fluency and knack for explaining the arcane in playfully precise sentences."
Publishers Weekly
Google conducts some of the toughest job interviews: since its first recruiting campaign in 2004, the company has been using brainteasers and other open-ended mental challenges along with the standard behavioral questions to identify the candidates most capable of iconoclastic, creative problem solving—and to find out, as a former Google employee describes, “where the candidates run out of ideas.” Today, alongside passing social network checks and displaying far above average intelligence, candidates must sit through more interviews than ever before and pass questions that try to screen for a particular personality—and offbeat interview questions have become de rigueur at other companies. Poundstone (Priceless) offers strategies for making the best of these nerve-racking situations, decoding interviewer’s hidden agendas, and salvaging a doomed interview, in a solid treatment peppered with mind-bending puzzles. The creativity of these puzzles, along with Poundstone’s energetic, compelling writing, makes the book fun even for nonjob seekers. (Jan.)
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"Serious ammunition to pack for your next job interview."—Kirkus

"Poundstone offers strategies for making the best of nerve-racking situations, decoding interviewer's hidden agendas, and salvaging a doomed interview, in a solid treatment peppered with mind-bending puzzles. Poundstone's energetic, compelling writing...makes the book fun even for nonjob seekers."—Publishers Weekly

"A neat little manifesto on interview technique...Touring through a huge number of puzzles, he provides a truly exhaustive account of all the factors you're meant to consider when thinking your way through the solutions. Tackling [them] is incredibly gratifying, when you're not withering under the baleful eye of a potential employer."—New Scientist Culture Lab

"For those in the job market, Poundstone provides a handy survey of killer questions and how to answer them. For others, he offers the challenge of matching wits with people at America's most innovative companies. As for employers, he presents a timely warning about creative thinking and why job interviews don't work...The format affords Poundstone room to display his scientific knowledge, mathematical fluency and knack for explaining the arcane in playfully precise sentences."—Bloomberg Businessweek

Library Journal
Poundstone (How Would You Move Mount Fuji?) gives readers tips on Google's (and others') interviewing strategies. The first half of the book includes word problems and story-based questions typical of the Google-type interview, and the second half explains the answers. While quite difficult to solve on the spot, these questions give readers some idea of what to expect from a nontraditional interview. (One example of a Google interview question: "Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco.") Google and other companies are using this method to identify creativity and analytical thinking and to sort candidates in a flooded market. One helpful section is "Salvaging a Doomed Interview," which includes ways to "avoid dead air." While this is a helpful look into a new style of interviewing now performed by large corporations, the book is overly full of tough questions and long answers that would be a challenge for anyone to memorize. VERDICT For those who want something extra in their repertoire for their next interview.—Barb Kundanis, Longmont P.L., CO
Kirkus Reviews
Poundstone (Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value, 2010, etc.) surveys today's tough job-interview questions. "We live in an age of desperation," writes the author. "Never in living memory has the competition for job openings been more intense. Never have job interviews been tougher. This is the bitter fruit of the jobless recovery and the changing nature of work." Job interviews have become not only personally invasive, but also intellectually diabolical. Behavioral questions and work samples are now supplemented by logic puzzles, and this isn't just at Google and Microsoft, but at the local shoe store as personnel departments have caught the general drift that there are more bodies than jobs and talent goes begging. Despite the air of gloom, Poundstone keeps a jaunty tone as he gives advice on how to field the offbeat, odd-angle questions tossed by interviewers, often open-ended and with no definitive correct answer--in order to test mental flexibility, entrepreneurial potential and innovativeness. Google's hiring process is the author's standard, which sets the bar pretty high, but its practice is contagious: "Weird interview questions are a meme, like a joke or viral video. It's catchiness, rather than proof of their effectiveness, that keeps them in circulation." Hiring is still a game of chance, yet for the "zombie hordes of unemployed and underemployed [who] are willing to claw at anything that even looks like a job," Poundstone offers dozens of teasers to tackle (answers included). These include insight questions and lateral-thinking puzzles, how to spot an algorithm question and how to dig below the cryptic surface. In perhaps the most inspired paragraphs, he explains the art of salvaging the southbound interview, but he notes that much of this is improvisation. Serious ammunition to pack for your next job interview.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316099981
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 103,193
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

William Poundstone is the author of twelve books, including How Would You Move Mount Fuji? and Fortune's Formula, which was Amazon Editors' pick for the #1 nonfiction book of the year in 2005. He has written for the New York Times, Harper's, Harvard Business Review, and the Village Voice, among other publications. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?

Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need to Know to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economy
By Poundstone, William

Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2012 Poundstone, William
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316099974

One

Outnumbered at the Googleplex

What It Takes to Get Hired at a Hyperselective Company

Jim was sitting in the lobby of Google’s Building 44, Mountain View, California, surrounded by half a dozen others in various states of stupor. All were staring dumbly at the stupidest, most addictive TV show ever. It is Google’s live search board, the ever-scrolling list of the search terms people are Googling at this very instant. Watching the board is like picking the lock to the world’s diary, then wishing you hadn’t. For one moment, the private desires and anxieties of someone in New Orleans or Hyderabad or Edinburgh are broadcast to a select audience of voyeurs in Google lobbies—most of them twenty- and thirty-year-olds awaiting a job interview.

  • giant-print Bibles

  • overseeding

  • Tales of Phantasia

  • world’s largest glacier

  • JavaScript

  • man makeup

  • purpose of education

  • Russian laws relating to archery

Jim knew the odds were stacked against him. Google was receiving a million job applications a year. It was estimated that only about 1 in 130 applications resulted in a job. By comparison, about 1 in 14 high school students applying to Harvard gets accepted. As at Harvard, Google employees must pass some tall hurdles.

Jim’s first interviewer was late and sweaty: he had biked to work. He started with some polite questions about Jim’s work history. Jim eagerly explained his short career. The interviewer didn’t look at him. He was tapping away at his laptop, taking notes.

“The next question I’m going to ask,” he said, “is a little unusual.

?

You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown into a blender. Your mass is reduced so that your density is the same as usual. The blades start moving in sixty seconds. What do you do?”

The interviewer had looked up from his laptop and was grinning like a maniac with a new toy.

“I would take the change in my pocket and throw it into the blender motor to jam it,” Jim said.

The interviewer’s tapping resumed. “The inside of a blender is sealed,” he countered, with the air of someone who had heard it all before. “If you could throw pocket change into the mechanism, then your smoothie would leak into it.”

“Right… um… I would take off my belt and shirt, then. I’d tear the shirt into strips to make a rope, with the belt, too, maybe. Then I’d tie my shoes to the end of the rope and use it like a lasso….”

Furious key clicks.

“I don’t mean a lasso,” Jim plowed on. “What are those things Argentinean cowboys throw? It’s like a weight at the end of a rope.”

No answer. Jim now felt his idea was lame, yet he was compelled to complete it. “I’d throw the weights over the top of the blender jar. Then I’d climb out.”

“The ‘weights’ are just your shoes,” the interviewer said. “How would they support your body’s weight? You weigh more than your shoes do.”

Jim didn’t know. That wasn’t the end of it. The interviewer had suddenly warmed to the topic. He began ticking off quibbles one by one. He wasn’t sure whether Jim’s shirt—shrunken with the rest of him—could be made into a rope that would be long enough to reach over the lip of a blender. Once Jim got to the top of the jar—if he got there—how would he get down again? Could he realistically make a rope in sixty seconds?

Jim didn’t see where a word like realistic came into play. It was as if Google had a shrinking ray and was planning to try it out next week.

“It was nice meeting you,” the interviewer said, extending a still-damp hand.

We live in an age of desperation. Never in living memory has the competition for job openings been more intense. Never have job interviews been tougher. This is the bitter fruit of the jobless recovery and the changing nature of work.

For some job seekers, Google is the shining city on the hill. It’s where the smartest people do the coolest things. Google regularly ranks at or near the top of Fortune’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For.” The Google Mountain View campus (the “Googleplex”) is a cornucopia of amenities for its presumably lucky employees. There are eleven gourmet restaurants serving free, organic, locally grown food; climbing walls and pools for swimming in place; mural-size whiteboards for sharing spontaneous thoughts; Ping-Pong, foosball, and air-hockey tables; cutesy touches like red British phone booths and topiary dinosaurs. Google employees have access to coin-free laundry machines, free flu shots, foreign language lessons, car washes, and oil changes. There is shuttle service between home and work; $5,000 rebates for buying a hybrid; communal scooters for anyone’s use on campus. New parents get $500 for takeout meals and eighteen weeks’ leave to bond with their infant. Google pays the income tax on health benefits for same-sex domestic partners. All employees get an annual ski trip. The perks aren’t necessarily about generosity, and unlike the workplace gains of previous generations, they haven’t been negotiated by unions or individuals. It’s good business for Google to offer such benefits in an industry so dependent on attracting the top talent. The benefits not only keep employees happy but also keep everyone else with their noses pressed against the glass.

Google is not so exceptional as you might think. Today’s army of unemployed has made every company a Google. Unsexy firms now find themselves with multiple well-qualified applicants for each position. That is very good for the companies that are able to hire. Like Google, they get to cherry-pick the top talent in their fields. It’s not so good for the applicants. They are confronting harder, ruder, more invasive vetting than ever before.

This is most evident in the interviews. There are, of course, many types of questions traditionally asked in job interviews. These include the “behavioral” questions that have almost become clichés:

  • “Tell me about a situation where you just couldn’t get along with a team member.”

  • “Describe a time when you had to deal with a rude customer.”

  • “What is your biggest failure in life?”

  • “Did you ever find yourself unable to meet a deadline? What did you do?”

  • “Describe the most diverse team you ever managed.”

There are questions relating to business:

  • “How would you describe Whole Foods to a person visiting from another country?”

  • “Tell me how Target competes with Walmart, and how we should reposition our brand to gain market share.”

  • “How would you get more customers for Wachovia?”

  • “What challenges will Starbucks face in the next ten years?”

  • “How would you monetize Facebook?”

Then there’s work sampling. Rather than asking job candidates what they can do, companies expect them to demonstrate it within the interview. Sales managers have to devise a marketing plan. Attorneys draft a contract. Software engineers write code.

Finally, there are open-ended mental challenges—something for which Google is particularly known. Questions like “thrown into a blender” are an attempt to measure mental flexibility and even entrepreneurial potential. That’s been important at Google because of the company’s fast growth. A person hired for one job may be doing something else in a few years. Work sampling, while valuable, tests only a particular set of skills. The more offbeat questions attempt to gauge something that every company wants but few know how to measure: the ability to innovate.

For that reason, many of Google’s interview questions have spread to companies far beyond Mountain View. Google’s “brand” is now estimated to be the most valuable in the world, worth $86 billion, according to Millward Brown Optimor. Success breeds imitation. Corporate types vow to “be more like Google” (whatever that means for the kitchen flooring industry). Not surprisingly, that includes hiring.

What Number Comes Next?

The style of interviewing at Google is indebted to an older tradition of using logic puzzles to test job candidates at technology companies. Consider this one. The interviewer writes six numbers on the room’s whiteboard:

The question is, what number comes next in the series?

Similar riddles have been used on psychological tests of creativity. Most of the time, the job applicant stumbles around, gamely trying to make sense of a series that gives every indication of being completely senseless. The majority of candidates give up. A lucky few have a flash of insight.

Forget math. Spell out the numbers in plain English, which gives you the following:

  • ten

  • nine

  • sixty

  • ninety

  • seventy

  • sixty-six

The numbers are in order of how many letters are in their names!

Now look more closely. Ten is not the only number you can spell with three letters. There’s also one, two, and six. Nine is not the only four-letter number; there’s zero, four, and five. This is a list of the largest numbers that can be spelled in a given number of letters.

Now for the payoff, what number comes next? Whatever number follows sixty-six should have nine letters in it (not counting a possible hyphen) and should be the largest nine-letter number. Play around with it, and you’ll probably come up with ninety-six. It doesn’t look like you can get anything above 100 because that would start “one hundred,” requiring ten letters and up.

You might wonder why the list doesn’t have 100 (“hundred”) in place of 70 (“seventy”). “Million” and “billion” have seven letters, too. A reasonable guess is they’re using cardinal numbers spelled in correct stylebook English. The way you write out the number 100 is “one hundred.”

In the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, you can type in a series of numbers and it tells you what numbers come next. You’re not allowed to use it with this interview question, of course, but the website’s answer for this sequence is 96. In recent years, companies in all sorts of industries have adopted this question for interviews. Often the interviewer throws it in just to make the poor candidate squirm. At many of these companies, the one and only correct answer is 96.

Not at Google. In Mountain View, 96 is considered to be an acceptable answer. A better response is

10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

A.k.a. “one googol.”

That’s not the best answer, though. The preferred response is

100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

Ten googol.

That response can be traced back to 1938 or thereabouts. Nine-year-old Milton Sirotta and his brother Edwin were taking a stroll one day with their uncle in the New Jersey Palisades. The uncle was Edward Kasner, a Columbia mathematician already somewhat famous as the first Jew to gain tenure in the sciences at that Ivy League institution. Kasner entertained the boys by talking about a topic calculated to appeal to bookish nine-year-olds, namely the number that could be written as a “1” followed by a hundred zeros. Kasner challenged his nephews to invent a name for the number. Milton’s suggestion was “googol.”

That word appeared in the 1940 book that Kasner wrote with James Newman, Mathematics and the Imagination. So did the name for an even bigger number, the “googolplex,” defined as 10 raised to the power of a googol. Both words caught on and have permeated pop culture, turning up on The Simpsons—and as the name for the search engine devised by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. According to Stanford’s David Koller,

Sean [Anderson] and Larry [Page] were in their office, using the whiteboard, trying to think up a good name—something that related to the indexing of an immense amount of data. Sean verbally suggested the word “googolplex,” and Larry responded verbally with the shortened form, “googol” (both words refer to specific large numbers). Sean was seated at his computer terminal, so he executed a search of the Internet domain name registry database to see if the newly suggested name was still available for registration and use. Sean is not an infallible speller, and he made the mistake of searching for the name spelled as “google.com,” which he found to be available. Larry liked the name, and within hours he took the step of registering the name “google.com” for himself and Sergey.

Edward Kasner died in 1955 and never saw his number’s namesake. More recently, the googol-Google lineage has become a touchy issue. In 2004, Kasner’s great-niece, Peri Fleisher, complained that Page and Brin’s company had appropriated the word without compensation. Fleisher said she was exploring her legal options. (The best headline ran, “Have Your Google People Talk to My ‘Googol’ People.”)

The googol-Google puzzle has layers like an onion. First you have to realize that the spelling of the numbers, rather than their mathematical properties, is relevant. That’s hard enough. Then you have to know about, and remember, Kasner’s number. An average mortal would think himself clever to come up with “one googol” and be ready to call it a day. But there’s still the final layer. “Ten googol” is bigger than “one googol” and ought to be the answer.

Imagination and Invention

Is this question too insanely hard to ask of a job candidate? Not at Google. But puzzles like this have drawbacks as interview questions. The answer here is a simple matter of insight: either you get it or you don’t. There isn’t a process of deduction to relate, and thus there is no way to distinguish someone who solves the problem from someone who already knew the answer. At Google, of all places, anyone applying for a job knows how to use a search engine. It’s expected that candidates will Google for advice on Google interviews, including the questions asked. Consequently, Google encourages its interviewers to use a different type of question, more open ended, with no definitive “right answer.” In the Google philosophy, good interview questions are like take-home tests. The challenge is to come up with an answer the interviewer has never heard before that’s better than any answer he’s heard.

Google’s interviewers “are not warm and fuzzy people,” as one applicant told me. Another word you hear a lot is “numb”—the utter lack of emotional affect. The interviewer sits, blandly tapping at a laptop. You say something you think is brilliant… no reaction. The keystroke rate doesn’t change.

This is by design. Google’s mental challenges tend to be cryptic. Candidates are not to be told whether their train of thought is getting “colder” or “warmer,” or whether their ultimate answer is right or wrong. Google’s challenges often have more than one good answer. Some are considered good, some are banal, and some are brilliant. The interviewee can leave the room with little idea how well he or she did in the interview. This has led to intense speculation and outright paranoia among Google candidates. It has also led to the curious phenomenon of other companies’ adopting Google’s interview questions without really knowing what the answer is supposed to be.

The quintessential Google perk isn’t sashimi or massages. It’s the 20 percent project. Google engineers are allowed to spend one day a week on a project of their choosing. That’s a fantastic gamble. You can’t easily imagine Procter and Gamble giving its hires a day a week to dream up new shampoos. At Google, it works. It’s been reported that over half of Google’s revenue now comes from ideas that began as 20 percent time projects. The list includes Gmail, Google Maps, Google News, Google Sky, and Google Voice.

How do you measure a talent for invention? Business schools have been asking that question for decades. It’s clear that many intelligent people don’t have that extra spark, whatever it is. The issue was put well by Nikolay Gogol (whose name is a frequent misspelling for “googol” and “Google”). In his story “The Overcoat,” Gogol remarks on “the abyss that separates tailors who only put in linings and do repairs from those who sew new things.” Google is betting 20 percent of its engineering-labor costs that it can distinguish the competent software tailors from those capable of creating killer apps out of whole cloth.

The blender riddle encapsulates the process of inventing a new product. You begin by brainstorming. There are many possible answers, and you shouldn’t be in a hurry to settle for the first idea that seems “good enough.” Coming up with a superior response requires listening carefully to the question’s wording. “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” Einstein said. You don’t have to be an Einstein to answer the question well, but you do need the imagination to connect it to some knowledge you acquired long ago.

For many of us, the knee-jerk response is a facetious one. (One try, posted on a blog: “One might assume that since the blender is about to be turned on, that food will soon be entering, so I’d probably just put my neck to the blade rather than be suffocated by some raunchy health drink.”) The two most popular serious answers seem to be (1) lie down, below the blades, and (2) stand to the side of the blades. There ought to be at least a nickel’s width of clearance between the whirring blades and the bottom or sides of the blender jar.

Another common reply is (3) climb atop the blades and position your center of gravity over the axis. Hold tight. The net centrifugal force will be near zero, allowing you to hold on.

Like many of Google’s interview questions, this one leaves a lot unsaid. Who or what has thrown you into the blender, and for what reason? If a hostile being is bent on making a human smoothie, your long-term chance of survival will be small, no matter what you do. Will liquid be added to the blender? Is there a top on it? How long will the blades be spinning? Should the blades spin a long time, answer 3 would make you dizzy. That could cause you to lose consciousness and fall off.



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Table of Contents

1 Outnumbered at the Googleplex

What It Takes to Get Hired at a Hyperselective Company 3

2 The Cult of Creativity

A History of Human Resources, or Why Interviewers Go Rogue 21

3 Punked and Outweirded

How the Great Recession Mainstreamed Bizarre Interview Questions 42

4 Google's Hiring Machine

How They Pick the One to Hire out of the 130 Who Apply 51

5 Engineers and How Not to Think Like Them

The Value of Keeping Things Simple 68

6 A Field Guide to Devious Interview Questions

Decoding the Interviewer's Hidden Agendas 80

7 Whiteboarding

The Art of the Visual Solution 97

8 Dr. Fermi and the Extraterrestrials

How to Estimate Just About Anything in Sixty Seconds or Less 106

9 The Unbreakable Egg

Questions That Ask "How Would You…?" 114

10 Weighing Your Head

What to Do When You Draw a Blank 125

Answers 137

Acknowledgments 257

Websites and Videos 259

Notes 261

Bibliography 271

Index 277

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

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    Entertaining, Delivers on the Concept

    This is a follow-up to Poundstone's How Would You Move Mt. Fuji, also about difficult job interview questions. It's all new, about 80 questions, with answers. The main body of the book covers everything you might want in a book of this kind. It traces the history of these questions back to IBM, talks about differnt theories of interviewing, and how interviews have changed with the job market. The most useful part is the analysis of how to deal with a question when you're stumped. The answers take up about half the book and as usual are models of clarity and also fun to read.

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    Not smart enough

    No i am not smart enough to work at google

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