Hint: Getting hired is not about your G.P.A. It’s about what you can do and what you know. (Best hiring practices at Google http://t.co/N5AKNTKneS)
I've read all the articles about Google's creative approach to hiring and now we have their comments about GPAs not ranking as important in their criteria.
In entry level roles, they are seeking past behaviors that hopefully correlate highly to future success. Only time will tell if they've picked the right factors. Perhaps, they pick these behaviors or factors as the author says:
Google attracts so much talent it can afford to look beyond traditional metrics, like G.P.A.
I can suggest the following:
Alongside my long term partner, after 30 years of executive search, over 1000 assignments, interviews with over 250,000 candidates, and research/interviews/publishing with over 35,000 CEOs, Senior Executives, and Managers, I can tell you cognitive learning capability would NOT rank up in the upper scales of assessment for the vast majority of jobs at the vast majority of companies.
There are other criteria in hiring young, inexperienced workers that far exceeds cognitive learning. Perhaps, I'll be proven wrong in the long run. Until then, I would urge you not to hold Google up as the Poster Child for effective interviewing.
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