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Google admits its famous job interview questions were a ‘complete waste of time’


[…] Another thing that has no bearing on your success? College Grade Point Average. “G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless,” says Bock. “Google famously used to ask everyone for a transcript and G.P.A.’s and test scores, but we don’t anymore, unless you’re just a few years out of school. We found that they don’t predict anything.”

So what does work for Google interviews? “What works well are structured behavioral interviews, where you have a consistent rubric for how you assess people,” Bock says. This includes asking a candidate to describe a real-life situation in which they solved a difficult analytical problem. This has the added benefit of showing the interviewer what the candidate considers to be a difficult analytical problem “rather than having each interviewer just make stuff up.”