Monday, June 24, 2013

On GPAs and Brainteasers: New Insights From Google On Recruiting and Hiring...

In Head-Hunting, Big Data May Not Be Such a Big Deal

Published: June 19, 2013

The New York Times
June 20, 2013    
Jim Wilson/The New York Times

GAUGING SKILLS Laszlo Bock, senior vice president for people operations at Google, says some data is essentially worthless in assessing job candidates: G.P.A.'s. for instance, except for recent college graduates, and test scores.

"We’ve done some interesting things to figure out how many job candidates we should be interviewing for each position, who are better interviewers than others and what kind of attributes tend to predict success at Google. On the leadership side, we’re looking at what makes people successful leaders and how can we cultivate that."

DISCUSSION:  Click on either of the images to go to the full 2 page article.  Once you have read both pages, share your answers to the following questions in a comment below.  

1.  What do you think about how Google views college education in regards to their own employees?

2.  If you were planning on applying for a job at Google, would these insights be particularly helpful? Why or why not?  

3.  What are the minimum standards Google looks for in potential new hires?  (Hint:  You'll have to use Google to find this information.  Make sure to include the link to the pages where you found your answer)