How Do You Fight a Horse-Sized Duck?: Secrets to Succeeding at Interview Mind Games and Getting the Job You Want
Author: William Poundstone
Publisher: Little Brown
Published Date: 08 June 2021
How to succeed at interview mind games and win job offers at A-list companies, with seventy difficult and devious questions, puzzles, and brain teasers. Each year about 28 million Americans begin a search for a new job. Many more live in the age of the permanent job search, their online profiles eternally awaiting a better offer. Job seekers are more mobile and better informed than ever, aspiring to work for employers offering an appealing culture, a robust menu of perks, and opportunities for personal fulfillment and advancement.
The result is that millions of applications stream to the handful of companies that regularly top listings of the best companies to work for: Apple, Netflix, Amazon, Alphabet, Disney, SpaceX, Oracle, Pricewaterhouse-Coopers, and others.
Tesla has received as many as 200 applications for each open position. How doselective employers choose which people to hire? It’s through interviews asking uniquely demanding questions testing imagination, persistence, and creativity, like:
• Can an astronaut throw a baseball so it hits Earth?
• If you had $2,000, how would you double it in 24 hours?
• How is a milk carton like a plane seat?
• Chicken McNuggets come in boxes of 6, 9, and 20. What’s the largest
number of McNuggets that McDonald’s can’t sell you?
• How many dogs in the world have the exact same number of hairs?
How Do You Fight a Horse-Sized Duck? explores the new world of interviewing at A-list employers. It reveals more than seventy notoriously challenginginterview questions and supplies both answers and a general strategy for creative problem-solving