Google is radically changing the way it hires, leaked documents reveal

  • Google is shaking up its hiring process, according to documents seen by Insider.
  • He believes the new process will be faster and more efficient.
  • This could give Google a boost in the battle for talent.

Google is making a significant change to its hiring process, a move that could speed up hiring and help Google stay competitive in the battle for talent, Insider has learned.

The new system will assign applicants to a team within Google much earlier in the interview process, according to internal documents seen by Insider. Previously, candidates were often not assigned to a team until most of the interview process was complete. This will also allow some applicants to skip certain parts of the process.

The changes were launched this month and will be applied globally to technology positions such as software engineers and UX designers, and will affect candidates between level three and level seven. A Google spokesperson said the change would take place over several months.

Employees have long complained about Google’s hiring process, which is known to be one of the most drawn out and frustrating among big tech companies. Until now, candidates could spend several months of interviews to fail the team-matching stage, which can take several weeks if candidates are successful.

A more efficient recruiting process could alleviate these issues and give Google a head start in the battle for talent as millions continue to leave their jobs and more nimble companies provide competitive advantages.

“Record hiring volumes, high interviewer cancellation rates, and extended hiring times are all compromising our ability to hire great talent, and it’s critical we evolve our process to stay competitive,” May -we read in one of the internal Google documents consulted by Insider.

Google has piloted many of these changes over the past few years and found that the new process reduced time to hire by up to 50%, according to the document. It also resulted in “decreased interviewer cancellation rates” and “improved pass-through rates,” which means more candidates are passing through the stages. Some employees told Insider that the process took six months from start to finish to get hired by Google.

The new system will also allow some candidates to skip a hiring committee decision, which usually takes place after the team is matched, as another way to speed up the process.

Some employees wonder if the changes could make it easier to get a job with the company, but others disputed the idea.

“The interview bar has been dropping for a while in somewhat subtle ways,” said a current employee, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak to the press. “These changes are more to deal with people who get stuck in limbo and don’t choose Google in the end because the process is so slow. »

On Blind, an anonymous forum for tech workers, some people praised the changes. “It’s time,” one person commented. “Getting asked questions relevant to the actual job. What a revolutionary concept! »

In a more competitive job market, top tech companies are finding new ways to attract and retain talent. Amazon recently increased its base salary for U.S. salaried employees by 10-30%. Last year Google began letting employees cash in more of their equity bonuses earlier.

Google recently called its employees back to the office three days a week. The policy has been questioned by employees, Insider previously reported, and could put Google at risk of bleeding talent from companies with more flexible work policies.

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