Google's HR boss explains the company's 4 rules for hiring the best employees
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Each year, Google receives more than two million job applications from around the world and hires several thousand of those candidates.
It takes an average of six weeks to secure a hire, and every candidate needs to be screened by their potential boss, potential colleagues, and a hiring committee.
"If you wondered if this takes a lot of Googler time, it does," Google's SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock writes in his book, "Work Rules!". But he says that time has been cut down significantly by making the hiring process more efficient.
In the early days of the company, hiring would take four to 10 hours of a manager's time each week, with top executives spending a full day on it. By 2013, the company had grown to 40,000 employees but had slashed that time to one and a half hours a week. (Today, the company has more than 60,000 employees.)
Bock explains that years of research and experimentation helped Google get hiring exceptional people down to a near science. "There are four simple principles that can help even the smallest team do much, much better at hiring," he writes.
We've explained them below.