Smart enough to work at Google?

Comment on this story
iol scitech april 8 google book . Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? By William Poundstone

Are You Smart Enough To Work At Google?

By William Poundstone


Rating out of five: ***


Well, are you smart enough to work at Google? Try these questions: If you were shrunk to the size of a penny and thrown in a blender how would you escape? What comes next in this series: SSS, SCC, C, SC? When there's a wind blowing, does a round-trip by plane take more or less time?

Here, William Poundstone reveals some of the real interview questions that Google uses and explores the thinking behind them. With around 130 applicants for each job, it can afford to be choosy.

But it's not just Google that forces applicants through intellectual hoops: Poundstone describes how “supertough interview questions” are becoming mainstream as high unemployment compels employers to be “hyperselective”.

That makes this book, for all its entertaining puzzles, a rather depressing reflection on our current circumstances. - The Independent on Sunday

Hungry for more scitech news? Sign up for our daily newsletter

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines