How Would You Move Mount Fuji? Microsoft's Cult of the by William Poundstone

By William Poundstone

Microsoft's interview method is a notoriously grueling series of brain-busting questions that separate the main inventive thinkers from the simply excellent. So powerful is their approach that different prime corporations--from the high-tech to consulting and monetary services--are modeling their very own hiring practices on invoice Gates' special approach. HOW might you progress MOUNT FUJI? finds for the 1st time greater than 35 of Microsoft's puzzles and riddles.

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At least, a lot of people feel that way. Scientific objections are halfway to the point. IQ tests purport to be a scientific measurement. As such, their fallibility is a debilitating flaw. Microsoft-style puzzle interviews purport merely to be effective. That is a different and less stringent claim. " Of these two lists, the hires is by far the more important. An interviewing technique is usually judged to be good when the hires turn out to be practically all good employees, with few or no unsuitable people.

In 1979 Microsoft was fifteen people in Albuquerque headed by a twenty-threeyear-old kid. It's hard to believe that Hewlett-Packard paid any attention to Microsoft's hiring practices. The opposite influence is more probable. As with so many other things, Microsoft seems to have appropriated an idea that was already in the air and made it famous. Three Bill Gates and the Culture of Puzzles The family of Seattle attorney William Gates II was a big believer in organized fun. Wife Mary arranged family skits and Sunday evening tournaments of bridge, Password, or trivia games.

He took a teaching post at Stanford, where he taught a course on a pet subject, creativity and problem solving. Shockley also brooded over IQ and race. Starting in 1964, he began claiming that differences in group IQ scores proved that African Americans and other minorities were intellectually inferior to whites. This was not a new idea. Many if not most of the major early proponents of intelligence testing in America were what we'd now call foaming-at-the-mouth white supremacists. From the outset, Lewis Terman had believed that the differing average IQ scores of ethnic groups implied real differences in intelligence.

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