Google recently won the most popular graduate recruiter for IT in the UK (http://targetjobsawards.co.uk/winners2015) and with two million job applications per year it’s easy to see why.
The Senior Vice President of People Operations, Laszlo Bock, discusses the hiring process for the firm in his new book and reveals what it takes to work for one of the most prestigious names in tech.
In the book Bock claims that it takes an average of six weeks to secure a hire. Every candidate needs to be screened by their potential boss and colleagues, a hiring committee and then finally the CEO of Google, Larry Page.
Bock discusses the length of the process saying “If you wondered if this takes a lot of Googler time, it does” with the time taken to hire being streamlined from four to ten hours of a manager’s time each week, with executives spending a full day on it 10 years ago. By 2013 this had been cut to one and a half hours.
Bock also says that the company has a team to review applicants who’ve been rejected from the regular process in case they’ve missed someone potentially valuable.
The book suggests four simple rules to hiring that any organisation can implement:
- Do not compromise. Ever.
Bock writes: “Before you start recruiting, decide what attributes you want and define as a group what great looks like. A good rule of thumb is to hire only people who are better than you.”
- Get staff to contribute finding talent themselves.
Bock says: “Ask your best-networked people to spend even more time sourcing great hires”.
- Spread the hiring process out
Spread the burden of hiring to more than one person of group to increase objectivity.
- Provide the candidates with a reason to join
“Make clear why the work you are doing matters, and let the candidate experience the astounding people they will get to work with.”