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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 ... in the New Economy (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

William Poundstone
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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 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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting read 31. Mai 2012
Von smal
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One of the really better books on the topic of riddles and brainteasers. Gives you insight into how good companies screen and select good people.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr hilfreiches Buch 23. August 2013
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In diesem Buch werden sehr viele - mitunter seltsame - Interviewfragen behandelt.

Es ist ein englischsprachiges Buch und bezieht sich auf US-Unternehmen. Man kann aber davon ausgehen, dass diese Art der Fragen auch bald im Rahmen von Bewerbungsgesprächen in Deutschland und Europa vorkommen werden.

Aus diesem Grund empfehle ich dieses Buch als kurzweilige Lektüre auf dem Kindle.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Curious to read 27. Oktober 2012
Von Harald
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It's entertaining to read, but I'm not so sure if this is really helpful for your job hunt - at least for Europe.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Completely wrong (from experience) 10. Januar 2012
Von Thomas Y. Galloway - Veröffentlicht auf
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As someone who did many phone and onsite interviews at Google, served on a Google Hiring Committee for several years, and even developed a general interview style/format for an Engineering subgroup, I have to say that this book would be worse than useless for someone trying to get hired by Google, at least on the Engineering side. This is based on browsing through the available pages online here.

At least since 2003, Google Engineering does not ask puzzle/riddle questions in interviews. In fact, we're specifically told not to ask such questions. And any Hiring Committee worth its salt would, when given feedback from an interviewer indicating they'd asked such questions, at the very least email/talk to the interviewer and tell them not to do it again, and if a substantial part of the interview had been such questions, would throw out the interview feedback.

Heck, the author didn't even fact check the list of Google perks given early on; the hybrid car rebate was eliminated several years ago, and the mass ski trips came to an end when the company got too big.

If you're smart enough to work at Google, ignore this book completely and search the web or your professional network for accounts of the interview process by people who've actually worked at and done interviews for Google.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting Book With a Misleading Title 31. Mai 2012
Von Dave F - Veröffentlicht auf
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I really wish this book didn't have the tantalizing (and very misleading) title. It's basically a book of brain teasers that are very loosely associated with Google or other tech firms. As background: I *did* read the entire book and have also interviewed at many tech firms and startups for Software Engineering positions. Including navigating through many difficult interviews at Google to receive an offer from them and speaking with *many* fellow engineers who have also interviewed at Google. So this review is from the perspective of software engineering, not sales or the many other (important) positions that exist at Google but aren't at the core of its business.

With an interview at Google imminent, I purchased the Kindle edition of the book on a whim to help study. It mostly plays on myths of what the interview questions are like at Google, i.e. "Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques..." Unfortunately if you use this as a study guide for a Software Engineering position, it's going to waste your time. Let me say that again in another way: this book will not help to prepare you for a Software Engineering interview at Google. In fact it might be detrimental because you'll spend valuable time and brain cycles working out the (fun!) brain teasers in this book rather than brushing up on the algorithms and CS fundamentals that are so much more important.

(As an aside: I will say that despite the ban on brain teasers at Google, I *was* asked a brain teaser on one of my last interviews. Out of 8 interviews and well over 20 problems, it was only 1, though. And it isn't in the book.)

Read this book if you want to read fun brain teasers and work through challenging problems. The problem descriptions are good and the explanation of the solutions (including frequently working from the "easy" answer through to the "best" one) is very good for non-technical people to read. For software engineers, particularly reasonably experienced ones, the explanations can definitely border on pedantic and overly obvious. There's also some awkward use of technical terms that make it clear it's not written by an engineer. For non-technical people, however, it's written in an accessible style with good humor that will likely add to the fun. The problems are frequently legitimately tricky no matter who the audience is, but again, they're not the types of things that are asked at Google. It's a good thing to read on the subway to/from work -- problems are bite-sized, so you can knock one or two off during the ride and pick up where you left off.

I saw an exchange of comments between the author of this book and the author of "Cracking the Coding Interview" on a couple of reviews. For what it's worth, the author of "Cracking" is more accurate from my perspective -- and her book is far, far better at preparing for a software engineering interview.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great for Entertainment.. not Employment 10. August 2012
Von Baze - Veröffentlicht auf
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I don't know what this author's thinking, but Google (and similar companies- Goldman Sachs, Yahoo!, Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, etc.) don't really ask such questions. This sounds more like very specialized boutique firms or even graduate programs.. maybe even start-up company interviews. I know from my friends at Google (where I've interviewed) that their questions were really straightforward, and required much knowledge about yourself, your practice/discipline, and the company. As some reviewers already noted, some of these companies aren't even allowed to ask such questions.

In fact, for one of my computer programmer friends, the interview went really... casually. Her situation was probably a break from the norm, of course, but these questions and puzzles were just absurd, in her (and my) opinion.

Nevertheless, the book is well written and very accessible. The author starts off the book with almost a prose-like style of writing, and hooks you in from the very beginning. He even sounds really believable! If only his premise were true, I'd give this book a solid 5 stars.

The ideas presented are worth thinking about and trying to solve in your spare time. Who knows- you might even become brighter from working through them. They're really fun, challenging, and entertaining. However, they are not representative of the real interviews that prospective employees endure.

Bottom line- buy it, I guess, if you enjoy puzzles. However, you can find much better (and resourceful) puzzle books out there.

Hope this helps. Comment if you have any questions!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting, readable, despite the misleading title and false info per Google interviews 21. August 2012
Von ServantofGod - Veröffentlicht auf
First of all, thanks to all those reviewers who informed us that Google does not ask questions like those in this book at all. Ironically, this book would not have drawn a high level of attention without such an eye catching title. No matter what, I like the brainteasers in this book much. A good stock for your washroom, very likely. For preparation of job interviews, I am not so sure.

p.s. Below please find some of the favorite questions/passages of mine for your reference.
"You're in an 8 by 8 stone corridor. This is the prince of Darkness appears before you. What do you do?" - Chris Sells, Microsoft Program Manager pg21
When there's a wind blowing, does a round-trip by plane take more time, less time, or the same time?
What comes next in the following series? SSS, SCC, C, SC...
You put a glass of water on a record turntable and begin increasing the speed slowly. What will happen? pg19
It is difficult to remember what you read, especially after many years. How would you address this?....Do you read at all? Pg29
What happened in 2001? Mention 9/11, and you'll be coolly informed that there are other good answers. The correct responses: "The iPod was introduced" and "The first Apple store opened". Pg38
If you were a cartoon character, which one would you be and why? pg45
It's OK to question your interviewer. When asked to provide a solution, first define and framework the problem as you see it. If you dont understand, ask for help or clarification. If you need to assume something, verbally check it's a correct assumption. Describe how you want to tackle solving each part of the question. Always let your interviewer know what you are thinking as he/she will be as interested in your progress of thought as your solution. Also, if you're stuck, they may provide hints if they know what you're doing. Finally, listen - dont miss a hint if your interviewer is trying to assist you. pg80
On a deserted highway, the probability of observing a car during a 30min period is 95%. What is the chance of observing a car in a 10min period? pg174
If you had a stack of pennies as tall as the Empire State Building, could you fit them all in a room? pg193
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Worse than useless for actually interviewing at Google. 4. Februar 2014
Von Chris - Veröffentlicht auf
The title is simply misleading as the questions are not representative of Google engineering interviews. It creates a potential trap for people actually wanting to prepare for Google interviews by forcing them to waste time on irrelevant questions. To get an actual picture of what Google interviews are like, I recommend Gayle McDowell's books.
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