New Book Talks about Google’s HR Strategies

Posted February 26, 2016 by Mary McGinley

How do the companies considered to be the best in the world do their hiring and HR? An insider at Google has written about what has and hasn’t worked for them in a new book, Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations for Google. People operations is Google’s internal term for HR.

One of the key things that Google has done in their HR department is to introduce a lot of analytics into the process. Back in 2006 when Bock first started at Google, the company was trying to build staff, but it was taking six to nine months to get a hire. A lot of bad stories about the Google hiring process were getting spread around as a result. So they started gathering data and discovered that they could predict with an 86% confidence whether or not they should hire someone in four interviews. This dropped the hiring time from six months down to 45 days.

Another thing they found was that hiring from Ivy League schools doesn’t always lead to a better result. The very best students from any school outperformed the average students at Ivy League schools. They also found that after two years in the workforce, the grades you got at college don’t really matter at all. Same with SAT scores.

To learn more about Bock’s insights, read the rest of the article at or read the full book.

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