Why Google Won't Be Offering Me a Job
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There's a reason why Google is by far the #1 search engine, and
why it's barely-weaned-from-mamma founders are multi-billionaires: Applying
for a programming job at Google is not for the faint-of-heart. During
its growth from 700 employees in 2002 to over 2700 in 2004, prospects
were subject to grueling thought process, logic, and spatial orientation
challenges. The 21-question test, examples of which have been published
in such lofty editions as MIT's Technology Review, Mensa Magazine, and
Physics Today, includes posers like, "How many different ways can you
color a icosahedron with one of three colors on each face?" and, "On
an infinite, 2-dimensional rectangular lattice of 1 ohm resistors, what
is the resistance between two nodes that are a knight's move away?"
The more subjective questions ask, "What is the most beautiful math
equation ever derived?" or, "Write a haiku describing possible methods
for predicting search traffic seasonality." Google also runs contests
pitting coders against one another to solve complex algorithms, offering
cash rewards, and engages in fierce recruiting tactics to lure top talent
away from competitor search engine companies. Recently, Google bought
billboard space in Silicon Valley that read, "(first 10-digit prime
found in consecutive digits of e).com." Persons making it to the correct
website were directed to another site with application information.
So, how much do the victors receive as a starting salary? Google isn't
saying, and no Google search turns up a reliable answer.