How Google Hires Differently … And Why You Should Too

Google spends twice as much on recruiting than the average company, even though it gets two million applicants a year. My book review of Laszlo Bock’s “Work Rules” in today’s WSJ on why that’s the case, read it here.

Lots of valuable lessons from the book, especially what Google has found to be the greatest predictor of whether a candidate will succeed (a sample work test), why the best and brightest candidates are not looking for jobs, and why most companies are potentially missing out on the ideal candidates.

The biggest predictor of whether you’ll succeed, Laszlo Bock outlines in “Work Rules!,” is how you fare in a sample work test. Whether recruiting for an entry-level position at a call center or for a seasoned engineer at Apple, a company needs to see people in action. For example, hearing how a job candidate keeps calm talking to an irate customer or watching how the person would solve a coding challenge.

That may sound obvious, but consider that today most companies conduct their initial filter of job applicants based on a version of the traditional résumé. Work tests come later, if at all. What that means is that, in most jobs, potentially the best candidates—those who would ace the work test—never make it past the first round. That has serious implications for a company’s performance.

Read the full review here.

Are these challenges you’ve encountered or tried to solve? How does your company hire differently than others?

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3 thoughts on “How Google Hires Differently … And Why You Should Too

  1. Years ago I was a hiring manager at a technology firm. I developed a take-home coding test for job applicants, and sent them the programming language manual. More than half didn’t return the test, so it made it easy to reject those applicants. Many with masters degrees in computer science had no idea how to solve the problem. A number with no degree had brilliant solutions. This worked great until Human Resources put a stop to it–said I had to have the test certified by the state.

  2. Your review of Work Rules! Was fabulous. Told me a bunch about Google and perhaps more about you. I’ve intuitively known the premise all my life but never designed the right Work Test to benefit. Glad some of you now are. Cheers, John

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