Saturday, July 12, 2014

In the News - Hiring Practices at Google

There was an interesting piece at the Business Insider today about the hiring practices at Google. The article discusses how the technology giant is moving away from its practice of asking difficult and bizarre questions of potential applicants, such as “how many golf balls can fit in a school bus?” or “how many gas stations are there in Manhattan?”  From the article:

"'We found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time,'" Laszlo Bock, Google's senior vice president of people operations told The New York Times last year . . . ‘They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.’"

The article goes on to address the type of hiring practices now employed at the company. Hiring practices have long been an important aspect of labor and employment law, and it is interesting to see the struggles one major player in the corporate world has experienced in trying to attract qualified people to fill its ranks.

- Joe Seiner

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