Monday, November 22, 2004

The difficulty of hiring well: Google Labs Aptitude Test (GLAT) & Joe Kraus

One of my favorite of the Excite founders, Joe Kraus, has a post on his blog about the perils of hiring badly: No False Positives. He comes down strongly in favor of Microsoft's puzzle interview practice (at least, it sounds like it), which I'm not so sure about myself. (Not because I ever suffered through one, despite 2 interviews there at very different times, but because I've heard plenty about them from people I consider top notch. I should also point out we were not all turned down by MS, either.) One problem at MS is that if they've got anyone on the hiring committee who isn't as smart or lateral-thinking as the interviewee, they just can't do a good assessment. But I guess that's where "fit" comes in -- and when the old "B people hire C people" issue comes in. They may not even know they're already rotten, and worse, they may not ever be able to hire anyone who can help them fix things, or take a fresh view on their practices and processes. Anyhow, one of the traceback links off Joe's post is to the Google Aptitude Test. It's an entertaining read. But can Google keep it up? Relax, Everything Is Deeply Intertwingled: Google Labs Aptitude Test (GLAT)

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