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How Would You Move Mount Fuji?: Microsoft's Cult of the Puzzle

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Why are beer cans tapered on the ends? How many piano tuners are there in the world? Why does a mirror reverse right and left instead of up and down?

For years, Microsoft and other high-tech companies have been posing riddles and logic puzzles like these in their notoriously grueling job interviews. Now "puzzle interviews" have become a hot new trend in hiring. From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, employers are using tough and tricky questions to gauge job candidates' intelligence, imagination, and problem-solving ability-qualities needed to survive in today's hypercompetitive global marketplace.

For the first time, William Poundstone reveals the toughest questions used at Microsoft and other Fortune 500 companies?and supplies the answers. He traces the rise and controversial fall of employer-mandated IQ tests, the peculiar obsessions of Bill Gates (who plays jigsaw puzzles as a competitive sport), the sadistic mind games of Wall Street (which reportedly led one job seeker to smash a forty-third-story window), and the bizarre excesses of today's hiring managers (who may start off your interview with a box of Legos or a game of virtual Russian roulette).

How Would You Move Mount Fuji? is an indispensable book for anyone in business. Managers seeking the most talented employees will learn to incorporate puzzle interviews in their search for the top candidates. Job seekers competing in today's tight market will discover how to tackle even the most brain-busting questions, and gain the advantage that could win the job of a lifetime.

And anyone who has ever dreamed of going up against the best minds in business may discover that these puzzles are simply a lot of fun. Why are beer cans tapered on the end, anyway?

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Microsoft's interview process is a notoriously grueling sequence of questions that separate creative thinkers from the merely brilliant. This book reveals for the first time more than 35 of Microsoft's puzzles and riddles, and supplies answers and approaches using creative analytical thinking that works.

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Microsoft's interview process is a notoriously grueling sequence of brain-busting questions that separate the most creative thinkers from the merely brilliant. So effective is their technique that other leading corporations-from the high-tech industry to consulting and financial services-are modeling their own hiring practices on Bill Gates's unique approach. How Would You Move Mount Fuji? reveals for the first time more than 35 of Microsoft's puzzles and riddles, such as:
  • Why does a mirror reverse right and left but not up and down?
  • If you could eliminate one U.S. state, which would it be?
  • How would you make an M&M?
  • How many piano tuners are there in the world?
And for the first time, this book supplies answers and approaches using creative analytical thinking that works. Anyone in business, and everyone who wants to be, will find here a valuable new approach to hiring, identifying talent in an organization, and getting the job of a lifetime.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-262) and index.

Table of Contents

The impossible question — The Termans and Silicon Valley — Bill Gates and the Culture of Puzzles — The Microsoft interview puzzles — Embracing cluelessness — Wall Street and the stress interview — The hardest interview puzzles — How to outsmart the puzzle interview — How innovative companies ought to interview.

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tanglehair, November 29, 2006 (view all comments by tanglehair)
I rated this book as very good because it gives everyone an opportunity to see to what lengths corporations, and other self-centered companies are playing with in their board rooms regarding selective hiring. It becomes a metaphor for our society's tendencies to select from a multitude of intelligences a preference that only a particular group would prefer. All this leads to is more differenciation and exclusion of others who just could be what they really need. Often enough it turns out that what we don't like is what we really need. Growth can only come from doing things you don't like to do, and understanding others who you ordinarily wouldn't want to give the time of day to. Like Microsoft it is a very monopolistic exclusionary tactic. Adolf Hitler would have enjoyed using these kinds of puzzles to select his officers of the SS.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316919166
Subtitle:
Microsoft's Cult of the Puzzle -- How the World's Smartest Companies Select the Most Creative Thinkers
Author:
Poundstone, William
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Employment interviewing
Subject:
Human Resources & Personnel Management
Subject:
Microsoft corporation
Subject:
Careers - Job Hunting
Subject:
Careers - Interviewing
Subject:
General Current Events
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 130
Publication Date:
20040402
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.80x5.22x.98 in. .74 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Microsoft's interview process is a notoriously grueling sequence of questions that separate creative thinkers from the merely brilliant. This book reveals for the first time more than 35 of Microsoft's puzzles and riddles, and supplies answers and approaches using creative analytical thinking that works.
"Synopsis" by , Microsoft's interview process is a notoriously grueling sequence of brain-busting questions that separate the most creative thinkers from the merely brilliant. So effective is their technique that other leading corporations-from the high-tech industry to consulting and financial services-are modeling their own hiring practices on Bill Gates's unique approach. How Would You Move Mount Fuji? reveals for the first time more than 35 of Microsoft's puzzles and riddles, such as:
  • Why does a mirror reverse right and left but not up and down?
  • If you could eliminate one U.S. state, which would it be?
  • How would you make an M&M?
  • How many piano tuners are there in the world?
And for the first time, this book supplies answers and approaches using creative analytical thinking that works. Anyone in business, and everyone who wants to be, will find here a valuable new approach to hiring, identifying talent in an organization, and getting the job of a lifetime.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-262) and index.
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