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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.”

Employers ask job seekers for Facebook passwords

Employers ask job seekers for Facebook passwords (The Age)

This seems completely unnecessarily and inappropriate to me. I don’t buy the “if you have nothing to hide, you shouldn’t have a problem with this” attitude. Do you hand over the keys to your house, show your mobile messages, open your mail, listen to your telephone conversations or voice mail, allow a videocam anywhere in your house? What’s the difference?

What do you think?