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How Do You Fight a Horse-Sized Duck?

And Other Perplexing Puzzles from the Toughest Interviews in the World

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Every year, millions of applications stream to a handful of companies that regularly top the listings of best employers: Apple, Netflix, Amazon, Alphabet, Disney, SpaceX, Oracle, PricewaterhouseCoopers and others.

In 2017, Tesla received as many as 200 applications for each vacancy, making it ten times more selective than Harvard. The only way to choose who to hire is with uniquely demanding questions that test imagination, persistence and creativity. Questions like:

How is a milk carton like a plane seat?

Why don’t animals have wheels?

What would happen if you drilled a hole all the way through the Earth and jumped in it?

How Do You Fight a Horse-Sized Duck? explores the new world of interviewing at A-list employers. It reveals more than 70 outrageously perplexing riddles and puzzles and supplies both answers and general strategy for creative problem-solving.

William Poundstone is the author of more than ten non-fiction books, including Fortune's Formula, which was the Amazon Editors' Pick for #1 non-fiction book of 2005. Poundstone has written for The New York Times, Psychology Today, Esquire, Harpers, The Economist, and Harvard Business Review. He has appeared on the Today Show, The David Letterman Show and hundreds of radio talk-shows throughout the world. Poundstone studied physics at MIT and many of his ideas concern the social and financial impact of scientific ideas. His books have sold over half a million copies worldwide.

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (June 10, 2021)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780861540082

‘An entertaining book we can all enjoy… highly informative and amusing.’

– Daily Mail

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