Google has a very clever recruiting trick

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I clicked through and landed on a page that called itself foo.bar. The page resembled a UNIX interface, so I typed the command to see the list of files. There was a single one called start_here.txt. I opened it and saw two sentences:

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From there, you can choose to play, which will take you through a series ofcoding challenges. This happened to Max Rosett, who wrote about his experience on The Hustle.

Type request to request a challenge. Type help for a list of commands.

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Google has a very clever recruiting trick

I typed request and half expected to see Follow the white rabbit, Max. Instead, the screen displayed a paragraph outlining a programming challenge and gave instructions on how to submit my solution. I had 48 hours to solve it, and the timer was ticking.

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Google has a very clever recruiting trick

Over two weeks, Rosett solved six challenge questions before it asked him to submit his contact information. A couple days later a recruiter reached out to him, at which point the standard Googleinterview processcommenced.

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Dont expect to simply click on the foo.bar link above and be able to throw your hat in the ring for a coveted Googlejob. You can only log in and attempt the challenge if it finds you. Though, be aware, Googleshiring ratehas been slowing these days.

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If youre in the habit of googling obscure coding terms (see: python lambda function list comprehension), then you may see a note from Google pop up in the results, saying Youre speaking our language. Up for a challenge?

Google is known for itschallenginginterview process. Whats not as well know is that it covertly recruits top coders based on their Internet searches.

Read more aboutRosetts experience.

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