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We Test. No We Don't!

By - December 06, 2004

From Electricnews.net, an Irish-based business and finance site, an story about Urs Holzle’s European recruitment tour.

“Nobody has tried to hook together so many PCs… You have to be able to deal with failures and make the whole system continue to work,” Holzle, one of the first 10 employees of Google, told ElectricNews.Net.

To work in such an environment, Google employees must be creative and work well in a team, and must also be the type of employee that does not take their job too seriously, he claimed. “Employment at Google should be 60 to 70 percent fun,” he said, “the rest is blood, sweat and tears.” Holzle also noted that even the company interview process is reflective of this overall attitude, claiming that prospective workers are not confronted with a test of their technical knowledge, but will be carefully judged on whether they “fit” within the Google team.

Not confronted with tests? What’s this?!


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4 thoughts on “We Test. No We Don't!

  1. I presume what he means is that passing the “test” is assumed. This is like the must have. How you pass it is another thing, and will show if you fit. 1+1 = 3 can be correct if argued correctly. :)

    Of course that is just an assumption.

  2. Brian says:

    That is simply a method of weeding out folks who don’t belong there.

  3. 1+1 = 3 for sufficiently (and not overly) large values of 1.