Landing a job at Google and employee screening in the age of desperation
Companies are employing challenging employee applicant screening techniques in the contemporary age of desperation when the ratio of applicants to jobs is very high in the advanced world. Google as in much else has popularised the use of brain teasers to separate what it sees as the wheat and the chaff…Imagine a man named Jim begins a forthcoming new book on landing a job at the Internet's top search engine. He's applying for a job at Google. Jim knows that the odds are stacked against him. Google receives a million job applications a year. It's estimated that only about 1 in 130 applications results in a job. By comparison, about 1 in 14 high-school students applying to Harvard gets accepted. Jim's first interviewer is late and sweaty: He's biked to work. He starts with some polite questions about Jim's work history. Jim eagerly explains his short career. The interviewer doesn't look at him. He's tapping away at his laptop, taking notes. "The next question I'm going to ask," he says, "is a little unusual." - - "You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown into a blender. Your mass is reduced so that your density is the same as usual. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?"
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