For years, high-techs 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 candidate's intelligence, imagination, and problem-solving ability -- qualities needed to survive in today's hyperinnovative, globally intermixing, world economy.
For the first time, author William Poundstone discuses the toughest questions used at the likes of Microsoft and other Fortune 500 companies.
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 ic 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 Lego or a game of virtual Russian roulette).
How Would You Move Mount Fuji? is an indispensable book for anyone in a hard-edge business. Managers seeking the most talented employees will learn to incorporate puzzle interviews in their search for the top candidates. 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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