true story about google hiring

Bose riplife
Jul 20, 2019 31 Comments

A hiring committee at Google had a reputation for being particularly tough. Each week the hiring committee would review the interview results from the weeks interviews and make the hire/no-hire decision for each of the candidates. This hiring committee wanted to keep their bar high, so they approved very few hires.

To reduce bias in the interview process, the hiring committees at Google don't meet the candidates, they only get "interview packets" for each candidate, with notes and feedback from the people that conducted the interviews.

The Google recruiter assigned to this particular hiring committee felt like their bar was unreasonably high and many exceptional candidates were being turned away. So they conducted an experiment…

The next week the recruiter provided the hiring committee with eight candidates to review. None of them impressed the hiring committee and so they rejected all eight candidates.

The recruiter smiled smugly and said: "Guess what guys - those were YOUR interview packets from when YOU interviewed at Google. You just decided not to hire any of yourselves."

so the google guys said - well duh , we are a bottom heavy org so now we can only let the pros from albertson in .

this is a 100% true story because a guy who posted this on linkedin said so

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TOP 31 Comments
  • New / Strategy
    Porsche996

    New Strategy

    BIO
    MIT BS MechE, Stanford GSB
    Porsche996more
    Amazon does this somewhat well. Hiring almost all the folks and PIPing if they don't fit the bill. The theory is interview process is biased and tend to fail, you can't get someone's ten years of life in one day and three phone calls.
    Jul 20, 2019 3
    • Facebook Urhbrbru
      lol
      Jul 20, 2019
    • Google / Eng FudgMuppet
      PIPing someone and firing is extremely stressful for everyone involved. Also stressful for the non PIPd survivors who will live in fear. Not conducive to doing your best work or risk taking of any kind.
      Jul 21, 2019
    • New / Strategy
      Porsche996

      New Strategy

      BIO
      MIT BS MechE, Stanford GSB
      Porsche996more
      Tesla: Sorry. What?
      Jul 21, 2019
  • Amazon mendojaa
    Good story
    Jul 20, 2019 1
    • Booking.com / Other
      仆街 冚家鏟

      Booking.com Other

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      🤬🤪🥴🥺🤫😜🤦‍♂️
      仆街 冚家鏟more
      +1
      Jul 20, 2019
  • Alation tempuser4
    This is from a talk called "what did I learned from doing 250 interviews at Google". Search it on YouTube
    Jul 20, 2019 2
    • Amazon KwTk33
      Yes
      Jul 20, 2019
    • Capital One
      Drake

      Capital One

      BIO
      Nothing was the same.
      Drakemore
      So it's a true story?
      Jul 21, 2019
  • Capital One
    Drake

    Capital One

    BIO
    Nothing was the same.
    Drakemore
    I'm missing the punchline with Albertsons
    Jul 20, 2019 0
  • Booking.com
    euaia

    Booking.com

    PRE
    Ericsson
    euaiamore
    the committee should stay and doing its job, but those eight should be fired, allowing even higher bar, and new committee members to join, make sense?
    Jul 21, 2019 1
  • Facebook liam
    I call it BS, its impossible to not recognize your own package.
    Jul 21, 2019 1
    • FactSet BepH10
      If you are not expecting a package dated years back, your mind would evaluate it as a package from last couple of weeks like what it is used to doing in hiring committee meetings. I can totally see why would they not recognize their own package.
      Jul 21, 2019
  • Cisco / Product Nadhas
    Google hiring committee is the craziest way to hire. Totally arbitrary working with very limited info...they are not rigorous in reading the complete packet and looking at finer details. The discussions in the HC are highly subjective and full of random and final opinions, no follow up or discovery. Most hiring committee folks wouldn’t hire themselves based on their own criteria for rejecting others.
    Jul 21, 2019 1
    • Google blah🤯
      Sorry, but I disagree, I have seen how they operate and it's very effective and reduces bias.
      Jul 21, 2019
  • Google / Eng
    rQsc13

    Google Eng

    PRE
    Qualcomm
    rQsc13more
    Why you leaking bro
    Jul 21, 2019 0
  • Amazon / Eng zHjkTf
    Lol. Google HC is LE. HR did the paper trails to put them in dev plan 😂
    Jul 20, 2019 0
  • ConocoPhillips fisshy
    Bro you just posted cringe
    Jul 20, 2019 0

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