Apr 24, 2012

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

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB and asks you to choose sentences at random from your current read. Identify the author and title for readers.

"Perhaps success is a matter not so much of being smarter, but of being less entitled. And tenacity is a big part of creativity. That is the unstated thesis of today's interview by ordeal. As one former Google interviewer said, "The goal is to find out where the candidates run out of ideas."  (ch. 10)
Title: Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?  Trick Questions, Zenlike Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need to Know to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economy.
Author: William Poundstone
Published January 4. 2012; Little, Brown and Co.

Publisher's description: "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. "

I received this as a complimentary review copy.


  1. What a weird question! It definitely makes me want to read the book, but I have no idea of how I would answer that one

  2. I don't find that question weird at all. You need to be a creative person with a vast supply of ideas to be in that industry. It changes all the time, as we do, and always needs a fresh perspective.

  3. This one sounds intriguing. I'll be sure to look for your review on this one.

  4. I so agree with that thought of "less entitled". I am intrigued by this book.

  5. I won this book on Leslie's blog, Under My Apple Tree, and have read some of it. Google sounds like an incredible place to work!! (The random questions brought to mind the random questions you can answer in your Blogger profile. Creativity is key!)

  6. That sounds like a great read! I'm constantly talking to my students about really thinking - and being creative. Memorizing facts isn't helpful in this world - we need to know how to think!

  7. What a great way to get an insight to working for google. Have you seen any of the pics of how they treat their employees! Wow worth the visit on utube that is for sure! A life of luxury, every whim satisfied, on them.

    Here's mine:

  8. This sounds like an interesting book. I supposably won this from a book give-away a few months ago, but it never made it to my mailbox.

    Thanks for the visit today.

  9. Interesting teaser. And no, I'm probably not smart enough to work at Google.

  10. i think working there could be very fun!!


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