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Google’s recruitment process is famously difficult, with candidates having to face multiple interviews (we've heard stories of 'double figures') while those with sound work experience have been turned down due to having less than perfect college grades.

As the company continues its rapid expansion, it has been forced to streamline this process, with Google co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledging last year that the company's high bar for hiring was holding back its expansion.

Google has increased its workforce by an average of 16 people daily, from 1,628 at the end of 2003 to 3,021 in 2004 and 5,680 at the end of last year.

Candidates have had to endure interviews with various different Google staff, as well as facing aptitude tests like this one. The average number of interviews for those offered a job at Google dropped from 6.2 at the beginning of the year to 5.1 in June.

The company is said to be considering speeding up the process to prevent candidates accepting other jobs while waiting for a reply from Google.

Candidates shouldn’t expect an easy ride though. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said in July that the company was "able to now in fact increase the standards by which we select and hire new people".

Google is said to place high importance on college grades, which can be frustrating for older candidates with a wealth of work experience.

Graham Charlton

Published 25 October, 2006 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

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Arbtech UK

Interesting how Google recruits to build competitive barriers.

almost 5 years ago

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