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Another Google Recruiting Technique

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the got-job? dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "The new edition of Linux Journal has a special insert: The GLAT (Google Labs Aptitude Test) is a Google recruiting quiz presented as a spoof of standardised aptitude tests. It is filled with math and Google-related trivia."

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Looks like (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294131)

Google also bought an ad... err, story... on Slashdot.

Re:Looks like (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294420)

It's very hard to find someone who wants a Google invitation nowadays.

Let's face the facts:

- Google has long ago sold out to AOL Time Warner; the next round of IPO will increase their shares and they are likely to achieve a total majority of shares by the end of 2005.

- Gmail fails to meet the standard of users above Novice-level; those who are used to the comfort of a sophisticated email-client, like Microsoft Outlook

- Gmail still does not work fully with less sopisticated browsers, such as Mozilla and Firefox. This may be caused by lacking standards-support in these browsers. Fortunately, barely nobody uses these nowadays, so the problem can safely be ignored for the time being.

- Google's investment in Doubleclick.com and other "online marketing" agencies is a dubious move; personally, I can live with text-only advertising as practised by Google so far, but our company ads are exclusively deployed using latest Macromedia Flash technology, because this simply is what our professional customers expect from us

FIRST POST! (-1, Offtopic)

SaxMaster (95691) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294133)

First yo

Re:FIRST POST! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294144)

I am sorry you have failt the GLAT, please feel free to apply for a job at yahoo.

go bucks (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294137)

go bucks

RE: first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294143)

troll

High quality blogger. (5, Funny)

nmoog (701216) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294147)

"It seems Google Labs is trying to attract some high quality people into their ranks. If only I was a software guy, I'd apply..."

Nice modesty there Michael!

orwellian (5, Funny)

mnemonic_ (164550) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294372)

That line is now gone. michael has now rectified history. That line does not exist; it had never existed...

lol (-1, Troll)

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Use Wisely (-1, Flamebait)

artlu (265391) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294157)

I am glad to see that Google is making good use of all that capital they have received by going public. Makes me want to short [gshares.net] their stock at its ridiculously high price even more.

5 minutes (-1, Redundant)

InfectedSector (811549) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294158)

Heh. It's been 5 minutes and the site's already down...

Re:5 minutes (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294183)

So many techies out of work - even the site of a job posting brings the server down in 5 minutes!

google cache (4, Informative)

kjamez (10960) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294159)

DUPE! ? (-1, Redundant)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294163)

The poor little blog is Slashdotted already... but this seems quite close to this report of an atypical want ad from Google [slashdot.org].

Is GLAT just an acronym for the same game that Slashdot made look silly with groupthink applied, or is this a whole other thing? I'd RTFA to find out, but as I said, it got Slashdotted.

Re:DUPE! ? (0)

jpmkm (160526) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294229)

What the fuck are you talking about? Do you not know the difference between a billboard and a magazine?

I DO! (4, Funny)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294432)

It's really, really hard to take a billboard to the bathroom!

What do I win?

Re:I DO! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294556)

A gmail invite.

Re:DUPE! ? (3, Insightful)

MBCook (132727) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294379)

I've got karma to burn.

As another reply to your comment pointed out, you're and idiot and should not have been moderated up. In fact, you score dropped from the time I saw your comment to clicking reply (not long).

So let's clear it. What you pointed out was a billboard with a question on it to recruit for google.

The GLAT was a little "book" that was a 4 sides of paper (not standard size, smaller). It looked like a school aptitude test in almost every way. It had all sorts of interesting questions in it like "The space below was intentionally left blank. Please improve upon this." and "In an infinate two-dimentional lattice of 1 ohm resistors, what is the resistance between any two points a knight's move away?" and other such things. It's full of that kind of stuff and more.

So in conclusion, this is not a dupe. Why not try LOOKING at things (or even reading the submission) before trying to get karma by yelling DUPE.

Re:DUPE! ? (0, Redundant)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294418)

There's a reason why there was a ? in my subject. It wasn't clear at the time I was posting it was a dupe.

At the time I was posting, the article got slashdotted so there was no article to read. Not even Google's Cache was saving us.

Besides, this story is very close to the billboard story in that Google is posting its want ads in the form of geek quizes in order to reduce the number of resumes they get and hopefully improve their signal-to-noise ratio. If anything, the summary should have at least mentioned the past story to make it glaringly clear it wasn't a dupe.

Re:DUPE! ? (1)

jpmkm (160526) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294495)

I think the reason there is a ? in your subject is that you are a moron. The slashdot writeup CLEARLY stated that this is an insert in the new Linux Journal. Does that sound like a fucking billboard to you? Oh yeah, read the FIRST FUCKING WORD OF THE HEADLINE. ANOTHER. How much more clear would you like it?

Google Cache (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294167)

No posts and it's slashdotted already? Yeesh, the page is only plain text as far as I can load. The images of the questions are on another page, but the server is taking a heavy beating.

Here is the google cache: Link [64.233.167.104]

Can't Find It (5, Informative)

christopherfinke (608750) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294171)

The original link is dead, the Coral cache is unresponsive, and Google apparently has no cache of it. However, I was able to find this page [almaer.com], which has a little more abot the test.

I would... (2, Interesting)

snig64 (793215) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294181)

reply, but cruftbox.com has been /. already. :S I do hate standard aptitude tests, they are usually unrealistic and have nothing to do with what you have actually learned. Take the National Registry EMT tests, they are so "wordy" that you could pick any answer and be right in your head, but because of the one word, the answer is wrong. Anyone can tell you how to do the procedure, but picking the right answer from two right answers is a hard thing to do!

Re:I would... (2, Interesting)

nmoog (701216) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294322)

I guess you didnt see the test, due to the slashdottin', but the google test is a lot more fun and includes a lot of subjective questions. (Like, how many colours would you need to fill a fuck-knows-a-hedron, and what colours would you choose?)

They are testing your apptitude but also your character - your creativity, flair, and sense of humour.

Don't Worry (5, Funny)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294430)

The site might have been slashdotted, but I got the Google Labs Aptitude Test multiple choice section right here.

Q: What is the supreme search engine on the planet?
a.) google.com
b.) aol keyword google

Q: What is 8^7 x 32^2 / $ -2352.8a + x + y + $
a.) google = moneyopoly
b.) google = infinite $$

Q: Did you go to standford?
a.) yes
b.) pick this and fail

wtf people? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294182)

Were they running their server on a toaster?
Why Can't Slashdot cache a no-image-page for us dammit?? google does it...

Re:wtf people? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294296)

Or even just start using Coral Cache links. It's almost no work for them.

Re:wtf people? (1)

kjamez (10960) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294454)

or even better yet, have their automated linking mechanism (that puts the host in brackets after a link) also provide a link that says 'coral' to the same link, automatically. that would solve a lot of problems, methinks.

Re:gmail invites /. the gmail server (1)

sndtech (738958) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294513)

not a good idea to post the invites.. lokks like you slashdotted the gmail server

It's in the Mensa Bulletin too. (5, Interesting)

Stile 65 (722451) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294190)

They've been putting puzzles on the inside front cover of the Mensa Bulletin for at least the past few months (I just joined). This month, the GLAT was stapled to the inside instead of the inside cover puzzles I'd been seeing.

It actually has some neat questions. Lots of fun!

Admit it (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294218)

This was just an excuse to say you're in Mensa.

Re:Admit it (4, Funny)

Stile 65 (722451) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294230)

Of course! I've always wanted a bunch of people I don't know to look at their screens and say "Wow, that guy's in Mensa." Who knows, maybe I can score a girlfriend off Slashdot!

Re:Admit it (5, Funny)

daft_one (532587) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294343)

Well, you do seem to realize you can't score a girlfriend ON slashdot... Maybe you really are in Mensa!

Dead link (0, Redundant)

Botunda (621804) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294193)

Nice test of they're servers... for me to poop on!
Seriously, when is ./ going to start cacheing the pages?!
Oh, wait. I guess that would be right about teh time that we would actually start paying for it.
Dang!

I hate sigs!

Mirror of the site: (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294206)

Link [dslreports.com] Here is the mirror of the questions.

/. References? (1)

globalar (669767) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294212)

The relation of things on GLAT also discussed or thrown out on /. instantly struck me. Not that these are unique to /., but I rarely come across them in one package.

Algorithmic haiku, "what's wrong with Unix", text adventures (the "it's 2PM... what do you do?" question and the maze one), ruminations on optimal team size, coolest hack ever, what's the next big thing for Google, a snide reference to the .com bubble, and a few math questions.

I got mine in DDJ, not one in CUJ though.

Way to go, michael. (0, Redundant)

1_interest_1 (805383) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294213)

You just killed my site, cruftbox. asshole.

will anyone post a few mirrors? message me. k. thx.

Re:Way to go, michael. (0, Flamebait)

1_interest_1 (805383) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294231)

Ok - I don't normally double post, but I feel like I need to on this one.

To all of you other site owners out there, that have had their sites DDoSed by shitdot, join me in a grassroots campaign to have shitdot add support for a caching system!

Sincerely,
cruftiebox admin.

Re:Way to go, michael. (1)

MrPlab (79403) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294320)

despite your rhetoric, caching system is an interesting idea.. anyone got any ideas?

and more important, i'm sure it's been discussed before. anyone wanna direct me to a prev thread?

It wouldn't be hard at all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294345)

All Slashdot has to do it start using Coral Cache .nyud.net:8090 links instead of straight links. No backend work for Slashdot.

Re:Way to go, michael. (1)

BladeMelbourne (518866) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294338)

You could always put something like the following in your page header:

<?php
if (strpos($_SERVER['http_referer'],'slashdot.org',0) >= 0):
exit();
endif;
?>

Hopefully there are no serious errors - haven't the time to check!

Re:Way to go, michael. (0, Flamebait)

1_interest_1 (805383) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294369)

No you fucking idiot, I can't.

That just stops the page from loading completely. Big fucking deal. shitdot's slashdotting also happens to accompany massive DDoSing from the ilk of the trolls at least, like i'm staring into an abyss and covered in green slimy mud.

Re:Way to go, michael. (1)

BladeMelbourne (518866) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294486)

You are incorrect, it can be used to stop the page loading at all - before the first HTML/XML tag is sent to the browser.

In this case, and most other Slashdottings, the site is brought down by too much legitimate HTTP traffic - especially when large images and screenshots are involved.

Such PHP code (or similar ASP code) will drastically reduce the effect of a Slashdotting - to the point that (ideally) the server may continue to serve content to users who didn't come from Slashdot.

I personally like Slashdot, however if you dont, why do you visit the site and why do you have a username? Why do you flame me with your username and not as an AC?

Who is the idiot now? :p

Re:Way to go, michael. (1)

alatesystems (51331) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294441)

<?php
if (ereg("slashdot.org",$_SERVER["HTTP_REFERER"])
{
header("Location: http://www.tubgirl.com");
exit;
}
?>
That ought to drive /. visitors away!

Re:Way to go, michael. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294496)

SomethingAwful did a similar trick, redirecting all Slashdot-referred visitors to goatse.cx (back when that was still its domain name).

It's a great way to send a message to STOP LINKING TO OUR SITE; the editors ('specially michael) won't listen to any other types of messages.

Re:Way to go, michael. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294456)

One, two, three...... Awwwwwww.
No fucking luck.

Been doing this in Mensa mags for a while. (5, Insightful)

Leviathant (558659) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294223)

My wife's in Mensa, and one of the best things about that are the Google ads that generally take up the inside front page or two. It's a nice brain tease, and while I'm pretty sure I had a few of them figured out, I never sent them in because I like how Google hires PhDs, and I'd worry about being in over my head. I was disappointed when I didn't see any ad in the first page of this past month's Mensa mag, but overjoyed when I found the GLAT. Then I was a little intimidated. Still, I might sit and work it out one of these days, when I come up with the time for it. (As opposed to, say, killing time posting on Slashdot.)

GLAT - sample questions (5, Informative)

hajmola (82709) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294224)

Google Labs Aptitude Test:

Solve this cryptic equation, realizing of course that values for M and E could be interchanged. No leading zeroes are allowed.
WWWDOT - GOOGLE = DOTCOM

Write a haiku describing possible methods for predicting search traffic seasonality.

What's the next line?
1
1 1
2 1
1 2 1 1
1 1 1 2 2 1

You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike. There is a dusty laptop here with a weak wireless connection. There are dull, lifeless gnomes strolling about. What dost thou do?
A) Wander aimlessly, bumping into obstacles until you are eaten by a grue.
B) Use the laptop as a digging device to tunnel to the next level.
C) Play MPoRPG until the battery dies along with your hopes.
D) Use the computer to map the nodes of the maze and discover an exit path.
E) Email your resume to Google, tell the lead gnome you quit and find yourself in a whole different world

What's broken with Unix? How would you fix it?

On your first day at Google, you discover that your cubicle mate wrote the textbook you used as a primary resource in your first year of graduate school. Do you:
A) Fawn obsequiously and ask if you can have an autograph.
B) Sit perfectly still and use only soft keystrokes to avoid disturbing her concentration
C) Leave her daily offerings of granola and English toffee from the food bins.
D) Quote your favorite formula from the textbook and explain how it's now your mantra.
E) Show her how example 17b could have been solved with 34 fewer lines of code.

Which of the following expresses Google's over-arching philosophy?
A) "I'm feeling lucky"
B) "Don't be evil"
C) "Oh, I already fixed that"
D) "You should never be more than 50 feet from food"
E) All of the above

How many different ways can you color an icosahedron with one of three colors on each face?

What colors would you choose?

This space is intentionally blank. Please fill it with something that improves upon emptiness.

On an infinite, two-dimensional, rectangular lattice of 1-ohm resistors, what is the resistance between two nodes that are a knight's move away?

It's 2pm on a sunny Sunday afternoon in the Bay Area. You're minutes from the Pacific Ocean, redwood forest hiking trails and world class cultural attractions. What do you do?

In your opinion, what is the most beautiful math equation ever derived?

Which of the following is NOT an actual interest group formed by Google employees?
A) Women's basketball
B) Buffy fans
C) Cricketeers
D) Nobel winners
E) Wine club

What will be the next great improvement in search technology?

What is the optimal size of a project team, above which additional members do not contribute productivity equivalent to the percentage increase in the staff size? A) 1 B) 3 C) 5 D) 11 E) 24

Given a triangle ABC, how would you use only a compass and straight edge to find a point P such that triangles ABP, ACP, and BCP have equal perimeters? (Assume that ABC is constructed so that a solution does exist.)

Consider a function which, for a given whole number n, returns the number of ones required when writing out all numbers between 0 and n. For example, f(13) = 6. Notice that f(1) = 1. What is the next largest n such that f(n) = n?

What's the coolest hack you've ever written?

'Tis known in refined company, that choosing K things out of N can be done in ways as many as choosing N minus K from N: I pick K, you the remaining. Find though a cooler bijection, where you show a knack uncanny, of making your choises contain all K of mine. Oh, for pedantry: let K be no more than half N.

What number comes next in the sequence: 10, 9, 60, 90, 70, 66, ?
A) 96
B) 10 to the 100th power
C) Either of the above
D) None of the above

In 29 words or fewer, describe what you would strive to accomplish if you worked at Google Labs.

Re:GLAT - sample questions (5, Funny)

Daniel Ellard (799842) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294269)

On your first day at Google, you discover that your cubicle mate wrote the textbook you used as a primary resource in your first year of graduate school. Do you:

F: Wonder why you have a PhD and you're still sharing a cubicle like a code monkey.

Re:GLAT - sample questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294339)

You're hired!

Re:GLAT - sample questions (-1, Offtopic)

Groo Wanderer (180806) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294439)

"F: Wonder why you have a PhD and you're still sharing a cubicle like a code monkey. "

I don't know, a sense of charity, lack of greed, or general goodness? In fact, what is it with you Sun types that kills off the ability to do any of the above? Civility never kills, except in Congress.

-Charlie

Disclaimer: I write for the Inquirer, so I don't need to wear pants.

Disclaimer 2: I am kidding, but slashdot does not support either the irony or humor tags.

Re:GLAT - sample questions (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294500)

On your first day at Google, you discover that your cubicle mate wrote the textbook you used as a primary resource in your first year of graduate school. Do you:

F: Wonder why you have a PhD and you're still sharing a cubicle like a code monkey.
Wonder why your cubicle mate gets to be the one on the ground [google.com]

Re:GLAT - sample questions (1)

ImaLamer (260199) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294341)

In your opinion, what is the most beautiful math equation ever derived?

2 + 2 = 4

But I'm a big 1984 fan.

Re:GLAT - sample questions (5, Funny)

Motherfucking Shit (636021) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294354)

In 29 words or fewer, describe what you would strive to accomplish if you worked at Google Labs.
"Need laid. Prefer geek but chic chick who doesn't mind Searching and doesn't oppose Groups. Tight on cash, she must be Froogle. I want to create porn.google.com."

Re:GLAT - sample questions (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294383)

In 29 words or fewer, describe what you would strive to accomplish if you worked at Google Labs.

Profit

Re:GLAT - sample questions (5, Informative)

Meneudo (661337) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294416)

Heh... this one reminds me of something from KOTOR...
1
1 1
2 1
1 2 1 1
1 1 1 2 2 1

one
one one
two ones
one two, one one
one one, one two, two ones
three ones, two twos, one one
312211

Re:GLAT - sample questions (4, Interesting)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294537)

I typed out a few more lines and immedaitely noticed the following:

1) you can obviously never have a digit over 3
2) if you right-justify the numbers you immediately see many 2d structures, as well as periodicity to each column, but the way the pattern changes from one col to the next is not obvious
3) if you sum each row, or look at the differences in sums between rows, there are even more patterns... is there a fibonacci sequence buried in there? will have to spend some more time on this one. :)

Re:GLAT - sample questions (1)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294475)

Consider a function which, for a given whole number n, returns the number of ones required when writing out all numbers between 0 and n. For example, f(13) = 6. Notice that f(1) = 1. What is the next largest n such that f(n) = n?

Anyone know hot to do that?
I was thinking about it, but can't figure it out.
Anyone give me a hint?

Re:GLAT - sample questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294524)

pssst....

42

Re:GLAT - sample questions (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294543)

How many different ways can you color an icosahedron with one of three colors on each face?

What colors would you choose?


3 ways. And I'd prefer either red on each face, blue on each face, or green on each face ;)

Re:GLAT - sample questions (4, Insightful)

chickenwing (28429) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294549)

Whenever I hear about Google recruiting, it kind of depresses me. Reminds me of something [jwz.org] Jamie Zawinski said:
you can divide our industry into two kinds of people: those who want to go work for a company to make it successful, and those who want to go work for a successful company. Netscape's early success and rapid growth caused us to stop getting the former and start getting the latter.

Something big on the horizon? (1)

ogar572 (531320) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294236)

With google using these recruiting techniques, is it possible that they might have something big on the horizon where they need lots of quality people? I mean these new techniques require someone who can solve problems and code rather than just code. It also requires more that just click here to submit resume where they might get, lets sat 1,236,754 resumes where only 20 of them have the qualifications.

Re:Something big on the horizon? (1, Insightful)

Chess_the_cat (653159) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294511)

I mean these new techniques require someone who can solve problems and code rather than just code.

There's no such thing as a coder who can't problem solve. That's what coding is.

Copyrite violation? (-1, Troll)

Mostly a lurker (634878) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294264)

I cannot imagine Google complaining, but I doubt scanning the entire test into a blog counts as fair use.

Re:Copyrite violation? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294484)

Learn to spell... the word is "copyright". Webster was a dyslexic who mangled the English language.

Physics Today has it too. (5, Informative)

ajdecon (233641) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294294)

The September issue of Physics Today [physicstoday.org] also had a GLAT insert. I guess Google's trying for all sorts of backgrounds...

Re:Physics Today has it too. (1)

DrLudicrous (607375) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294312)

Heh you beat me to the punch. I found it rather annoying as it prevented me from folding the magazine the way I like to, so I ripped it out.

Re:Physics Today has it too. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294508)

actually they had them for quite some time now. i think they may also have them in Optics and Photonics News, but i'm not sure about that... i lost them somewhere

Answer to #17 (1)

CustomFort (643959) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294308)

I have to go to sleep, but it seems to me that the answer to #17 is binary 10. There are (Base 10) 2 "1"s in the numbers between (Base 2) 10 and 0 (ie 0 1 10).

For those who didn't get to read the page, #17 went something like this:

Consider a function that, given a whole number n, returns the number of 1's in the numbers between 0 and n. E.g. f(13) = 6. Notice f(1) = 1. Find the next larger n such that f(n) = n.

Re:Answer to #17 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294422)

That's a bit of a sidestep.... points for creativitiy I suppose.

There is an actual answer. I haven't bothered to figure out what it is. Basically you need the number of ones to catch up with you, and that will happen once you start to get lots of leading ones. Probably somewhere in the 111110s or something like that.

What makes a good Google employee.. (5, Funny)

hyu (763773) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294309)

"It is filled with math and Google-related trivia." So, really, you are being tested on how well you can use Google to find the answers. Brilliant!

Is anyone else... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294357)

... starting to get just a little bit tired of all this "we're the elite, we hire only PhD's" crap that seems to permeate the "google image" these days? I preferred it when google was this cool, neat, simple little search engine that gave really excellent results very quickly. And yes, it was invented by a couple of really smart kids. But there just seems to be a steadily growing mythology about how everyone that works there is a fricking genius or something... I dunno, I'm not bitter about it (trust me, I didn't apply and get turned down or anything) but I doesn't anyone else get tired of this?

It's a company, they were in the right place at the right time and they have a good product. It has nothing to do with being smart in the sense that Mensa or PhD's or whatnot relate to the issue... you can't make a successful company better just because you employ cartloads of post-docs. If it were as simple as that then every PhD out there would be a successful businessman and be rich. But that's not it! Being "smart" (i.e. being able to solve puzzles and grok math equations) is only a single, quite narrow aspect of "intelligence". We all know the guy who's ultra-bright at science or math, but bloody useless in the "real world" or (gasp) interpersonal relationships. To worship puzzle-solving and the ability to sail through the Mensa tests is just something that grates on me. It's not that I hate smart people, believe me - I guess it's just elitism in general that bugs me.

Ok, that's off my chest, now I can go back to watching Buffy and drinking beer.

Re:Is anyone else... (2, Interesting)

boomgopher (627124) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294446)

Yeah, one person I used to work with who was hired by Google was nothing special in the slightest, and was slated to be fired by my company in a layoff (due to lack of tech skills, that is).


Re:Is anyone else... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294552)

i might be a little worried about the future of a company that can't find a use for someone google thinks is worth hiring.

most businesses fail as a result of making bad decisions. since you don't give any details about how this person was unimpressive, though, i can't really tell. a lot of people are unimpressed by my tech skills because i tell them i don't know how to fix their broken windows 98 machines. it doesn't mean i can't. it's just that i don't want to be bothered with their little problems.

a successful enterprise must motivate its people to see its little problems as interesting and important.

Re:Is anyone else... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294510)

I'm with you. The smarty-pants PhD PR image does bother me. Fucking snots.

There's a hidden google job application test (-1, Troll)

digitalgimpus (468277) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294362)

Steps:

  1. Visit http://www.google.com [google.com]
  2. Select text field, and enter 'google job'
  3. Press 'I'm feeling lucky' button


If you can google it, it can be yours.

Here's how I tell people how to contact me:
  1. Go to google
  2. Enter 'make love to Robert Accettura'
  3. Press 'I'm feeling lucky'


That simple. To bad the ladies don't love that.

Was my post informative? Help me get a free flat screen [freeflatscreens.com] by completing 1 silly little offer. I need one to go with my free iPod.

GLAT? How 'bout SPLAT? (1)

RealBeanDip (26604) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294394)

Can we come up with what SPLAT means... as it relates to websites that get posted on Slashdot?

Re:GLAT? How 'bout SPLAT? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294438)

Slashdot Post Leaves After Taste

Resistor lattice? (1)

gomoX (618462) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294451)

On an infinite, two-dimensional, rectangular lattic of 1-ohm resistors, what is the resistance between two nodes that are a knight's move away?

Anyone knows this one? Is there an "easy" way or just the traditional infinite sum approach i'm too lazy to think of?

Re:Resistor lattice? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294570)

Zero Ohms, Becasue there are infiniate paralell resistince paths, and resticne in paralllel is 1/(r1+r2...+rn) 1/(infinity) = 0.

but what if I work in sales? (2, Funny)

cdtoad (14065) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294464)

Would the test be ineptitude test with math questions like "If Bill says he's interested, what time is tee time?" and "If Dale is the IT director at a company who's stock is valued under $1, how many drinks do you need to feed Dale before he signs." Bonus question... "How many drinks do you need to feed Dale before he tells you his company isn't going to buy?" Super bonus questions "How many drinks do you need to feed Dale before he says that he's looking for employment else where?"

Google question (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294481)

From the test:

"Orkut" is:
A. Turkish for slow
B. Turkish for painfully slow
C. Turkish for unusable
C. Turkish for "written in painfully slow and unusable ASP.NET"

Yeah Yeah I saw this in the Mensa Rag last month (1)

adaminnj (712407) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294507)

Yeah I saw this trick in the Mensa rag we get every month I was impressed until a few days later I read about the ads in Cambridge, Mass. [slashdot.org]
Now there going after the linux top's so it's looking like a publicity stunt for there IPO Let's hire or look like we are hiring the top people (of which I'm probably not one) inflate the price of stock who knows.

I wish them luck what ever they are trying to do. (for now)

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Don't forget the foot soldier (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10294509)

As an employee in a longtime Google competitor (gee, guess who), I must say from day to day I find the foot soldier, often educated at a state school, much more useful than the Einstein. They work their tails off, don't say no to any project, and work instead of cruising the web.

Jumping through hoops (4, Interesting)

slyckshoes (174544) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294517)

Honestly, I was happy when I got a job after college where I could do real work (design/architect & implement) and quit jumping through stupid hoops to prove how smart I was. I've answered my fair share of brain teasers, pattern recognition, cute/stupid questions. This is crap that pisses me off. I'm sure google wants smart people, but they're going to overlook all the people who just get shit done when it needs to be done (and do it well) because they're going for the people who are creative. I'll take someone slightly less smarter with a good work ethic who realizes that work is more than just answering stupid riddles.

And yes, I may be slightly jealous that I don't work at Google, but honestly this type of thing really turns me off. I guess I'm not what they're looking for then.

Not Even... (1)

Code Dark (709837) | more than 9 years ago | (#10294571)

Not even the Slashdot Effect... just a boring old 404. If anyone has a link that works, please, let us know! Kind of mean of the host to remove the file after it's been slashdotted...
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