Google Is Looking For Some Seriously Smart Employees (Is That You?)

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What does it take to get a job at Google? According to a recent New York Times article, the big guns at the tech behemoth aren't necessarily looking for candidates with multiple higher degrees or out-of-this-world coding skills or stellar extracurricular activities. As Lazlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations explains, it’s about so much more than that. To start with, he's looking for someone who can think on their feet: “For every job...the number one thing we look for is general cognitive ability, and it’s not I.Q. It’s learning ability. It’s the ability to process on the fly.”
Bock also discusses the importance of strong leadership skills, but not the ones we traditionally think to note on a job application. He's looking for someone who knows the importance of balance, someone who knows when to step up to the plate and lead, and when to step back and let someone else take the reins. Bock coined the phrase “emergent leadership” to express this very important quality.
All in all, Bock's five points offer an interesting glimpse into the hiring process at this ever-growing company. Click through to read the full story, and let us know in the comments section below the best piece of advice you’ve ever received about how to score a job at the company of your dreams. (The New York Times)

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