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Barr Bares

By - May 25, 2007

Jeff Barr, who works at Amazon, discusses his go rounds with Google recruiters:

They were almost ready to make the “can’t refuse” offer but the process became bogged down when I couldn’t recall my college GPA. Given that I earned my degree in 1985 and have been earning a living by writing code since I was 15 or 16, this didn’t seem all that essential.

Funny thing is, I now have several more emails in my inbox from other Google recruiters. After reading these emails it appears that they don’t know that I interviewed there last year! Perhaps they don’t have this data in searchable form. Could that be?

The comments are very interesting as well.

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  • anon

    At least he didnt have to fly out there for interviews and pay out of pocket only for Google to never pay him back.

  • Paul Sweeney

    In Ireland, Analogue Devices used to only hire people that received an “A” in honors level maths, at leaving cert level (High School). “yeah yeah yeah, you have a degree from yada yada yada, what did you get in maths in your leaving cert”. It plays into the culture I guess. Would be interesting to cross this thinking with the guys from Harvard and their policy of mixing different types/levels of students because filling the classroom with A students just set everyone to self destruct. I also would wonder how many “soft skills” the company is bring into the fold? the term “requisite diversity” leaps to mind… !! (and no, I never interviewed for google!)