Skip to comments.Google admits those infamous brainteasers were completely useless for hiring
Posted on 06/22/2013 8:31:47 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
You can stop counting how many golfballs will fit in a schoolbus now.
Google has admitted that the headscratching questions it once used to quiz job applicants (How many piano tuners are there in the entire world? Why are manhole covers round?) were utterly useless as a predictor of who will be a good employee.
We found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time, Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, told the New York Times. They dont predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.
A list of Google questions compiled by Seattle job coach Lewis Lin, and then read by approximately everyone on the entire Internet in one form or another, included these humdingers:
How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?
Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco
How many times a day does a clocks hands overlap?
A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?
You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?
Bock says Google now relies on more quotidian means of interviewing prospective employees, such as standardizing interviews so that candidates can be assessed consistently, and behavioral interviewing, such as asking people to describe a time they solved a difficult problem. Its also giving much less weight to college grade point averages and SAT scores.
(PS: The answer is 500,000)
Why Marine veterans have a hard time getting a job:
Personnel Manager: “What is your greatest
Old Marine: “Honesty.”
Personnel Manager: “I don’t think honesty is a weakness!”
Old Marine: “I don’t give a sh!t what you think.”
Correct. Which tells you Google isn't any different from any other giant company out there, despite what they'll tell you. They are trying to find something out about your thinking process with a question like that, but it's not about how you solve problems. They want to know if you will stay safely inside the intellectual range of your boss, or will you be a loose cannon.
LOL, we were all thinking about it, too. The other guys beside me wanted to walk out thinking it was BS.
yep... you’d be able to jump out like a grasshopper
No, but it does give insight into the self-worship techies often experience. They like control. It’s why so many of them are into porn.