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Google admits those infamous brainteasers were completely useless for hiring
Quartz ^ | June 20, 2013 | Adam Pasick

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 don’t 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 clock’s 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. It’s also giving much less weight to college grade point averages and SAT scores.

(PS: The answer is 500,000)


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To: Vince Ferrer

Why Marine veterans have a hard time getting a job:

Job Interview

Personnel Manager: “What is your greatest
weakness?”

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.”


51 posted on 06/23/2013 7:23:14 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Chode
... they didn't want the real answer, they wanted the answer they wanted.

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.

52 posted on 06/23/2013 7:34:28 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Cyber Liberty
pretty much...
53 posted on 06/23/2013 7:51:54 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: castlegreyskull

LOL, we were all thinking about it, too. The other guys beside me wanted to walk out thinking it was BS.


54 posted on 06/23/2013 2:29:47 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: jiggyboy
I believe the story explicitly says that the opposite is true...well it does seem to say that, yet they go on to talk about their new ways of judging interviewees, including "behavioral interviewing" - getting them to describe a time they solved "a difficult problem" - I would think observing people trying to solve such a problem as in a brainteaser would be a more valid and reliable method of evaluating their abilities than having them talk about it - does the interviewee try to get more information from the interviewer, does he try to find a logical method of arriving at an answer, does he become so irritated by the stress of the situation that he starts to mishandle simple steps like incorrectly spelling easy words - these are some of the behaviors that might be lost in having somebody only talk about how they solve problems and could help predict if someone might be a good employee - I think they could anyway.......
55 posted on 06/23/2013 9:44:51 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: savedbygrace

yep... you’d be able to jump out like a grasshopper


56 posted on 06/23/2013 9:51:10 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: jiggyboy

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.


57 posted on 06/25/2013 8:03:50 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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