Google has proved time and time again that they are not your regular conventional company, their level of unconventionality even applies to recruiting new employees. If you are looking to secure a job with Google probably a programming job, I’d advise you to think outside the box like the way Max Rosett did.
So the gist is, a certain programmer by name Max Rosett, was googling for programming terms. According to him, he looked for a programming query, “python lambda function list comprehension,” the search page showed the pop-up “You’re speaking our language. Up for a challenge?” after accepting, he was led to google.com/foobar where he was given a series of coding challenges to complete every couple of days, before being asked to get in contact with the company.
Apparently, If you search for a certain code related terms, you could be greeted with the same pop-up (Though I tried it, but it didn’t work. Maybe Google knows I am not a programmer *sniffs*). After passing through the rest of Google’s recruitment process, Rosett was offered a job three months later.
“For my interview, I spent a day at Google headquarters in Mountain View solving problems on a white board.”
According to him, “Foo.bar is a brilliant recruiting tactic, Google used it to identify me before I had even applied anywhere else, and they made me feel important while doing so. At the same time, they respected my privacy and didn’t reach out to me without explicitly requesting my information.”
However, Google says that it wouldn’t describe foobar as a recruiting tool itself, rather it seems to be part of a larger process, they even responded to the story with the following cryptic snippet:
\u0050\u0075\u007a\u007a\u006c\u0065\u0073\u0020\ u0061\u0072\u0065\u0020\u0066\u0075\u006e\u002e\ u0020\u0053\u0065\u0061\ u0072\u0063\u0068\u0020\u006f\u006e\u002e
In hexadecimal, this translates to: “Puzzles are fun. Search on.”
Oh My God! I Love Google!!!!
Talk about being unconventional in the highest order.