Natalie pointed me to this WSJ article, Google Adjusts
Hiring Process As Needs Grow:
Google Inc.’s recruiting process is legendary in Silicon Valley. Tales abound of job candidates who suffered through a dozen or more in-person interviews, and applicants with years of work experience who were spurned after disclosing they had so-so college grades.
I suspect she sent this to me because I interviewed with Google back in 2004 and quickly grew tired of the chaos and disorganization of their interview practices and it was not long before I dropped out of their interview process. Which after watching their stock IPO and then climb indefinitely may have been a mistake but whatever.
I also find it strange that 2 years later they’re still suffering from some of the same problems especially when their competitors, Microsoft/Amazon/etc, have what is in comparison, velvet glove treatment, with quick turnaround times, clear use of CRM on their backend, and bending over backwards to accomodate new college hires.
Another issue Google is going to face is maintaining their high bar for incoming talent. I definitely saw Microsoft struggle with the problem of requiring more headcount and having to lower the quality bar in order to fill spots. I suspect this will change the nature of the Google organization.
On a related note, Joel has just published verion 3.0 of his interview guide.