Google’s unorthodox and still-evolving hiring practices

Google’s unorthodox and still-evolving hiring practicesWith Internet search giant Google is widely known for doing things in an unorthodox manner, the hiring practices followed by the company are quite unconventional too --- with the company essentially looking at what its potential employees are capable of doing, rather than what they know.

Talking about Google's unorthodox and still-evolving employee-hiring process, Laszlo Bock - SVP of People Operations for Google - has said in interesting interview in The New York Times that Google had determined that "grade point averages" (GPAs) are not a very effective hiring criterion, and that test scores are also quite insignificant. Bock said that both these criteria do not help predict anything about potential employees.

With Google not putting too much emphasis on college education while hiring employees, Bock - who is in charge of hiring at Google - revealed that the "proportion of people without any college education at Google has increased over time;" and is currently as high as 14 per cent on some of the Google teams.

Bock said that there are "five hiring attributes" which Google considers while hiring employees across the company. These attributes are: General cognitive ability; Emergent leadership; Intellectual humility; Expertise; and Ownership, for making contributions to a project. 

However, Bock also asserted alongside that "Good grades certainly don't hurt;" and they can be an added advantage if they reflect skills in those areas in which the potential employees can actually apply them.