David Baakman

Hacking a Google Interview

Yesterday, I saw a tweet from Joshua Bloch:

Teaching to the test at M.I.T. http://tinyurl.com/cb4799 . But do they teach ethics?

I’ve only read Handout 1, but I am puzzled by two thoughts:

  • Do MIT students really need this? I consider MIT as one of the most prestigious universities in the world, with only super-smart students. I would expect that anyone with a MIT degree would be able to get into any company (solely based on capacity).
  • Are the interview questions at Google that simple? I was always under the impression that the interview process at Google was very hard, and that they would only hire very, very smart people. But c’mon, these questions are that simple – I would almost say trivial – that anyone even considering applying for a development job should be able to answer these questions without any problem.

I still don’t know what to think of it… (I almost believe it is fake, but the URL really points to mit.edu…)