Friday, April 25, 2014

11 Qualities Google Looks For In Job Candidates

Google receives between 2.5 and 3.5 million job applications a year.

It only hires about 4,000 people.

Senior vice president of People Operations, Laszlo Bock presides over the ultra-selective process.

In interviews with The New York Times, the Economist, and students on Google+, the hiring boss sheds light on how the search giant evaluates candidates.

We sifted through those interviews for the most surprising takeaways. Find them below.

Google doesn't look for experts.
"We would rather hire smart, curious people than people who are deep, deep experts in one area or another," he says, noting that people with strong learning ability can generally find the right answers to unfamiliar questions. "But somebody who's been doing the same thing forever will typically just replicate what they've seen before."

Google does want people with high "cognitive ability."  
"If you hire someone who is bright, and curious, and can learn, they're more likely to come up with a new solution that the world hasn't seen before," Bock explained in a Google+ Q&A. "This looking for cognitive ability stems from wanting people who are going to reinvent the way their jobs are going to work rather than somebody who's going to come in and do what everybody else does. We recruit for aptitude, for the ability to learn new things and incorporate them."...

But Google doesn't care about GPAs.
GPAs and test scores don't correlate with success at the company.

"Academic environments are artificial environments. People who succeed there are sort of finely trained; they're conditioned to succeed in that environment," Bock says.

Read the full article here.

1 comment:

  1. Google hires who the hell the CIA TELLS them to hire.