Google measures their employees by what they like to call “Googlyness.” They have certain criteria for the type of people that will fit in with the company. They must be able to innovate and want to make the world a better place to live. They make sure that they find these traits in a person by asking some crazy questions in the interview.
- How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?
- Imagine you have a closet full of shirts. It’s very hard to find a shirt. So what can you do to organize your shirts for easy retrieval?
- If you look at a clock and the time is 3:15, what is the angle between the hour and the minute hands?
- How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?
- How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?
I won’t attempt to answer these questions, but you can easily see how Google can learn about a potential employee by making them think beyond their comfort zone. I found a few of these questions on a blog. You can go to Tom’s article - Crazy questions at google job interview to read all 17 of them. He also tries to answer them in his comment section.
You can learn about your potential employees’ abilities to fit in with your company’s culture by asking them unique questions to see how they think things through. Any potential employee can go online and find standard questions that an employer might ask. They can just memorize their answers and deliver the perfect response.
It’s hard to discern the lame interviewees from the superstars if you don’t shake things up and challenge your potential new hires. You need to figure out what type of employees you want and create some unique interviewing methods.
Hiring the right person comes down to understanding how a person can best fit into your organization. If you aren’t asking questions that tests an employee’s personality you won’t be breaking through the layers to see the real person.
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