How Do You Fight a Horse-Sized Duck?: Secrets to Succeeding at Interview Mind Games and Getting the Job You Want

  • 8h 31m 31s
  • William Poundstone
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2021

Learn how to succeed at interview mind games and win job offers at A‑list companies, with more than eighty 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 do selective 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 eighty notoriously challenging interview questions and supplies both answers and a general strategy for creative problem-solving.

In this Audiobook

  • Army Alpha
  • Bletchley Park
  • The Blind Audition
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Take a Detour
  • Explore, Plan, Act
  • Put Yourself in Someone Else's Place
  • Your First Reaction is Wrong
  • Pay Attention to Unexpected Words
  • Use an Analogy
  • Break the Problem into Parts
  • Draw a Picture
  • Try a Simpler Version of the Problem
  • Ask Good Questions
  • Use a Process of Elimination
  • Work Backward
  • Beware of Trick Questions
  • Guesstimate and Refine
  • Set up Equations
  • Don't Follow the Wrong Footsteps
  • Ignore the MacGuffin
  • List, Count, Divide
  • Look for a Parallel to the Job
  • Introduce a New Feature