Skip to comments.Why Google doesn’t care about hiring top college graduates...
Posted on 02/26/2014 6:13:46 PM PST by virgil283
"Google has spent years analyzing who succeeds at the company, which has moved away from a focus on GPAs, brand name schools, and interview brain teasers...Google looks for the ability to step back and embrace other peoples ideas when theyre better. Its intellectual humility. Without humility, you are unable to learn, Bock says. Successful bright people rarely experience failure, and so they dont learn how to learn from that failure....Those people have an unfortunate reaction, Bock says:
They, instead, commit the fundamental attribution error, which is if something good happens, its because Im a genius. If something bad happens, its because someones an idiot or I didnt get the resources or the market moved.
What weve seen is that the people who are the most successful here, who we want to hire, will have a fierce position. Theyll argue like hell. Theyll be zealots about their point of view. But then you say, heres a new fact, and theyll go, Oh, well, that changes things; youre right......
(Excerpt) Read more at qz.com ...
...Rush refered to this today and it is fascinating. I'd like to think that this was the real world results of business, picking employees based on results and not pretense....I hope...
It sounds to me like a sane model for high-tech collaboration.
Ultimately it will glorify God, which is a weird sounding thing to say about a “godless” Google. But how many people have Googled up the gospel? I’d say probably more than you’d think.
well, if they are not looking for “bright, successful people”, then the American school system will be nirvana for them.
I call it Competency Transfer Bias. This is the belief that showing competence in one area means that a person is competent in another, or all, area(s). I worked in an organization where long-distance runners were promoted ahead of all others because if you were a good long-distance runner, well, you must automatically be a good leader. It makes as much sense as thinking that somebody who can bench press 350 pounds will automatically be a good surgeon.
The Defense Industry has been doing this for years. Many of are not college grads. We were hired because of our military experience.
I call it “snap”. You just know when you run across a person with “snap” They can take an idea or general direction and just run with it. I love to run across a young person with snap because they shine. Takes you about 5 seconds to recognize it.
I have two bachelors and a masters (SCL), and I would be the first to admit that they are meaningless. I simply know that in this society, that piece of paper means everything and for a long time it has been the legal discriminator that employers and government use.
Unfortunately, a lot of this is the consequence of past law suits (Griggs vs. Duke Power). The college degree and many vocations that are now taught at colleges are a consequence of employers using the college as the screening criteria, vs. the employer administering tests as many years past was the case. Of course higher education gladly obliged and even pushed this further. Today, you have many vocations which are in reality best taught “hands on” being taught in colleges... Besides costing a lot, I would argue this doesn’t even bring the best results in terms of training/education in many instances, but the degree has become a right of passage as evidenced by the statements of our President himself that thinks everyone needs a degree.
My wife, a high school teacher of many years sees this all the time. In the Yuppie area we live, Plano Texas, all the little kids go to college to get a degree, because mom, dad, friends, all have this. To be cultured and educated, to be accepted, you need this degree, even if all you do is party and get a degree in: sociology, womyns studies, English, psychology, literature, photography, art appreciation, art history, fine arts, theater, nutrition, music, fashion design... Yes, you too can get a degree in sociology and land a job as a social worker making $36,000 a year, which is far better than some lowly tool and die maker that works with his hands making $46,000 a year, or an A&P mechanic (airplane) who averages $54,000 a year. Of course that’s not how higher education presents this in their brochure, comparing those with a degree to those without and why you need to spend $80,000 for that degree.
Successful bright people rarely experience failure, and so they dont learn how to learn from that failure...”
I agree with Mike Rowe....