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Are you Smart Enough to Work at Google?

Posted by Library Blog on 02/23/2017 at 08:46 AM

Some companies, specifically tech companies and start-up companies, use a particular style of interviewing that uses logic games, puzzles, and riddles to test interviewees on creative and analytical thinking. According to Time magazine, “they became especially popular in the 1990s when big tech companies like Microsoft were looking for ways to see if job candidates could think on their feet and offer creative solutions to out-of-left-field problems.” Love them or hate them, these puzzles can be brain-teasing and brain-busting.

Brain in clear skull. Photo Credit: Jesse Orrico

Author William Poundstone has written two books on this topic which are both available in the library’s collection to help students sharpen their thinking and analytical skills.

How would you Move Mount Fuji? reveals some of the tricks of puzzle-laden job interviews, specifically Microsoft. This book recommends several sites on which to find these type of interview riddles such as Techinterview.

Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? guides readers through solutions to challenging but fun potential interview puzzle questions. An excerpt of this title can be found online. An example of a puzzle similar to one found in Chapter 2 of this book can be found online.

For more information on these books or other books in the law library’s Career Collection, please stop by the Reference Desk or email us at lawlibraryhelp@rwu.edu.