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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 to Know to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economy by William Poundstone

I’m not sure if I’m more excited about the challenging questions or depressed at how many make me scratch my head in confusion. But my answer is no, I do not think I’m smart enough to work at Google. Think my attitude is defeatist? Go ahead, tell me that after you read this book.

There are a lot of how to deal with the new economy and get a job books out there. What I like about this one is that it doesn’t cater to the lowest common denominator and really encourages the reader to think creatively and critically at the same time. 2012, 290 pages.

My favorite question that smacks of librarianship: “Explain what a database is to your eight-year-old nephew, using three sentences.” HA!

Their answer is brilliant: A database is an iPod for information. With an iPod, you can store thousands of songs and still find any track you want quickly. A database does the same thing with information that people have stored on a computer or the Internet.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Nonfiction

 

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