Oct 16, 2018 - 01:02 PM
Google used to be known for its brainteaser interview questions and for hiring only top-of-the-class Ivy league graduates. This is not the case anymore. About 4 years ago The New York Times interviewed the senior vice president of people operations for Google (in other words the one in charge of their hiring strategy) Laszlo Bock, who clarified that the tech giant had revised their hiring criteria after closely studying who succeeded at work. They concluded that a high college GPA was not necessarily indicative of a good performance at work.
Bock noted that Google is now concentrated on hiring people based on their learning abilities, intellectual humility, and emergent leadership abilities. They want to hire people who can adapt and collaborate for problem-solving, people who learn from their mistakes gracefully, and who can take the lead or step back according to the particular need of the situation.
They use behavioral interviews to assess a candidate’s “soft skills” and determine their fit in the company.
This doesn’t mean that they are going to hire any “adaptive learner” who applies. Technical abilities and hands-on experience play a crucial role in their hiring criteria. However if ever you felt underqualified for lacking a college degree, there is no need to worry. Google is well aware that talent comes in many different forms and can be built in many non-traditional ways.