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Learn How to Hire From the Best

As a Human Resource executive one of your main jobs is to find suitable candidates that will enhance your business whatever that may be. You would think that there would be loads of great people out there with the unemployment rate being what it is, but finding those people, and actually recognizing that they are a great candidate takes some work, and for thought.

Asking the standard list of questions that most interviews ask isn’t really going to get you to the real essence of the person. Sadly most interviewers know within the first 10 seconds of meeting someone if they are going to hire them, or move them along in the hiring process to speak to other managers or executives. It’s a challenging process, and one that Google as a company has actually perfected a bit. Google has a few strategies they use when hiring that are quite effective in finding the best candidates.

To get hired at Google, first you probably make contact with some type of recruiters for the initial assessment. From there you go on to more direct interviewing with the company. The candidate will probably sit down with a manager of a completely different department than the one the candidate is interviewing for. Google calls it the “cross-functional interview”, which actually makes sense if you look at it, because the interviewer is just looking at the prospective employee as an overall great hire, and not specifically that they would be working with them. Google also might have someone sit down, and chat with some of the people who will be working for them.

This is a terrific example of the “non hierarchical” system at Google. Who better to find out if the candidate will work or not, then the people who are going to be working right under them? It’s just another way that Google thinks outside the box a bit for their hiring process. Overall Google wants to hire people that fit in with their image, and will work well with everyone at the company. A candidate must possess what they call that inexplicable “Googlyness” that will make them the right fit for the company at large.

All companies have a certain culture that permeates throughout the entire office. Fitting in, and being an asset is really all it boils down to for anyone to get hired at a company. So if you are in a position of power at your company where you get the chance to hire new talent, then it’s worth taking a look at some of Google’s hiring processes. After all, most people who get hired at Google stay there for longer than the national average of 4.6 years.


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