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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Not very much, you won’t. Some ok, most of the torture, er, I mean interview, techniques used border on the sadistic and pathological. The second half of the book is devoted to finding the best way to solve each problem. Motor Sport Ask Brian: Loading comments… Trouble loading? I sucked at the interview questions, I was seriously useless but this ponudstone really is brilliant.

Poundstone studied physics at MIT and many of his ideas concern the social and financial impact of scientific ideas.

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

Jacqueline O’Mahoney’s debut A River in the Trees riverrun uses the dual settings of and in a story about family secrets and lies regarding the War of Independence and one mysterious woman’s involvement. After they were on the ground, the copilot asked the pilot how he had done it. Sadly, upon finishing this book, I came to the conclusion that “no”, I was not smart enough to work at Google.


This is a fun book of puzzles of all types; mathematical, logical, algorithms, estimation, mind games and creativity. Poundstone sometimes over-explains things too, such as what a prime number is, which does not suggest a high opinion of our smartness either.

If you know some, please tell me! I read with two bookmarks.

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

A few of these experiences were good, while many were horrible. How to make the most of your Where we remembered information, they much evaluate and analyze. I would recommend this book for people who enjoys working with problems and solving challenges.

One keeping my place in beginning of the book, and one enugh the back were Poundstone had listed each questions answer in order that they had appeared in the book itself. I still had fun though. I didn’t really enjoy this book at all for some reasons.

Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?

His books have sold over half a million copies worldwide. Google probably doesn’t hire many 55 year olds. 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.


I kept getting frustrated and then feeling grateful I have a job. While I’m definitely not smart enough to work at Google, I found the sections about hiring practices and interviewing “outside of the box” to be more interesting than the puzzles that I spectacularly failed at. Jan 12, Aysha rated it liked it.

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Open Preview See a Problem? In my opinion, I’m glad I read it. I’ve always heard how challenging the interview process is at Google, so I was very interested to hear more details. Whether you have interviews looming in the near future, or if you just want to give your brain wor good work out this book is definitely gonna help either way. Still, its good to know the types of questions employers may be asking these days.

I was able to solve some, others I flubbed. Coming up with answers is quite difficult.

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What do you do? I am a genius! The interviewer will never tell you whether you’re doing good or bad. Quite a few fun riddles and puzzles.