Google HR Boss Explains Why GPA And Most Interviews Are Useless

Google HR Boss Explains Why GPA And Most Interviews Are Useless

If you don’t believe me, at least listen to Google!

“The only thing that works are behavioral interviews, Bock says, where there’s a consistent set of questions that ask people what they did in specific situations.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-google-hires-people-2013-6#ixzz2X1FR9woA

Top 5 reasons we should play more at work

Top 5 reasons we should play more at work

I love this…

After each candidate goes through his/her well-rehearsed and pre-meditated interviews with HR and management, the entire engineering team (it’s a small company) comes into the room, closes the door, and starts a game of Jenga like it’s no big deal. Meanwhile, we strike up a casual conversation with the candidate and insist he or she play with us.

Without fail, the candidates true colors are almost immediately revealed. Candidate scoffs at the idea of playing a game in an interview? Obviously too uptight for our group and not capable of handling rapidly changing situations. Focusing on Jenga also takes the candidate’s mind off of all of the pre-meditated answers and pages of ‘interview tips’ articles that we’ve all read at one point or another.

Works every time. We end up with engineers who are laid back and easygoing, but who know their stuff, and can think on their feet.

(Excerpt from “Top 5 reasons we should play more at work” by Alexander Kjerulf)

Google launches 2 Hour Recruiting Video Starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn

Google launches 2 Hour Recruiting Video Starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn

Okay, so its not REALLY a recruiting video, per se. It is actually a regular movie that takes place on the campuses of Google.

Fyi, the movie debuts on June 7th. I would really, really, really want to know how this affects their recruiting numbers. Will they get a surge of new applicants? How many of those candidates will they hire? And if so, how long before there is a recruiting video featuring Facebook? And not to be outdone, Microsoft produces one as well. Could this be a new trend in recruiting?!!!!

The Happiness Machine: How Google became such a great place to work.

The Happiness Machine: How Google became such a great place to work.

“…it would be a mistake to conclude that Google doles out such perks just to be nice. POPS rigorously monitors a slew of data about how employees respond to benefits, and it rarely throws money away. The five-month maternity leave plan, for instance, was a winner for the company. After it went into place, Google’s attrition rate for new mothers dropped down to the average rate for the rest of the firm…”

“Our mission is to have all people decisions be informed by data.”