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yalanand
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yalanand,
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8/28/2015 | 2:19:14 PM
That is the most unexpected
I never thought Google would have such a recruiting process. It's almost like Cicada 3301. 
yalanand
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yalanand,
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8/28/2015 | 2:24:56 PM
Re: That is the most unexpected
But if you come to think about it, Google presidents always said they never planned to be a conventional company. I am starting to get the feeling that they aren't one. I have heard stories about unconventional recruitment procedures. A story goes like this: When Google recruiters came to IIT Bombay they only asked one question to the students to had cleared all the rounds upto the final job interview. The question was "Using your native programming language, how many ways can you print the statement "Hello World" on the output screen/console? Please explain your ideas." 

The winning answer was 15 ways. Only one managed to secure that coveted position.
impactnow
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8/28/2015 | 3:02:04 PM
Re: That is the most unexpected
It is interesting recruiting process however it depends on the full skills that you're looking for . If the job only requires problem-solving skills but does not require other soft skills then maybe it's a good solution . However if you're looking for a candidate that has multilevel skills this process maybe more frustrating as soft skills tend to be harder to train .
vnewman2
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8/28/2015 | 3:52:47 PM
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I am in love!  Darn it!  Why couldn't I have had the need to research "python lambda function list comprehension!"

This is such a fantastic means of using the tools at your disposal in an unorthodox way to reach out to folks you may never have stumbled upon otherwise.  I agree with you on the soft skills issue @impactnow but I think it's a novel approach worth testing out.
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8/29/2015 | 2:03:01 AM
Re: That is the most unexpected
@impactnow:

> However if you're looking for a candidate that has multilevel skills this process
> maybe more frustrating as soft skills tend to be harder to train .

If the tech skills are the basic pre-requisite and soft skills can be assessed in the second rounc, then it makes all the sense to first filter for the tech skills and then find out if the soft skills are there or not. Proceeding this way would mean fewer candidates getting in.

If the search is started from the other side, a lot of people would make it to the second round and fail the basic pre-requisite resulting in an in-efficient search process.
nasimson
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8/29/2015 | 2:15:09 AM
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> The winning answer was 15 ways. Only one managed to secure that coveted position.

@yalaland:

Really! I didnt think it was possible to do in 15 different ways. So what are these 15 different ways?
PedroGonzales
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8/29/2015 | 1:22:50 PM
Re: That is the most unexpected
In a competitive job market as we have seen, this is just another tool for tech companies to hire new talent.  I find it king of creepy that Google is monitoring their searches to find new employees; I hope they do not do that with their Gmail account or other services.   They could be filtering their products for new employees as well.  I think people will feel very uncomfortable if they get an email from Google, about something they emailed or chatted with someone. 
Brian.Dean
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8/30/2015 | 12:17:42 AM
Re: That is the most unexpected
You raised a great point about the complexities that are involved to communicate or retrieve information about a skillset in its entirety. I feel that the complexities are due to the amount of information that can be added or extracted from a résumé. It is a problem that technology can solve and sites such as, LinkedIn, etc., has improved the process of communicating a person's experience. However, there is still a long way to go.
SunitaT0
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8/30/2015 | 2:50:58 PM
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@nasimson: true but the soft skills are tested first. Most companies don't need a person who had high programming skills. They need an all rounded person with ideas.
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8/30/2015 | 3:19:14 PM
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@Sunita - I agree, this has certainly been true in my experience. Our banner exployees have been the well rounded types while the specialists have faded in their usefullness.
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