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Google Tried to Patent My Work After a Job Interview
I looked up the patent application and luckily, this time the patent application was still being reviewed by the patent examiner.  It had not issued! The provisional was filed August 29, 2014, months after my first interview and visit back in March 2014.  Two of the inventors listed were the same people who had interviewed me. 

This is frankly appalling behaviour from Google -- total abuse of the patent system. If Joi Ito hadn't been around to mediate this patent probably would have issued and this researcher's life's work stolen from her through IP dirty tricks.

(Also, patents need to die)
patents  software-patents  google  dirty-tricks  interviewing  ip  mit  medialab  paper  jie-qi 
16 days ago by jm
Improving Our Engineering Interview Process
Foursquare on hiring. 'we forgo technical phone interviews whenever possible. They’re typically unpleasant for everyone involved and we felt like the environment of a phone screen wasn’t conducive to learning about a candidate’s abilities comprehensively. Instead we give out a take-home exercise that takes about three hours.'
hiring  interviewing  foursquare  hr  phone-screens  tech  jobs 
april 2016 by jm
The Terrible Technical Interview
TechCrunch, very down on the traditional big-O-and-whiteboard tech interview. See also for some good comments at HN. To be honest I think a good comprehension of data structures and big-O is pretty vital though....
interviewing  jobs  management  hr  hiring  techcrunch 
march 2015 by jm
Tables Turned On Former NSA Boss Michael Hayden, As 'Off-The-Record' Call Is Live Tweeted By Train Passenger
Ho ho.
Michael Hayden, former NSA and CIA boss, who famously argued that the only people complaining about NSA surveillance were internet shut-ins who couldn't get laid, apparently never learned that when you're in a public place, someone might overhear your phone calls. Entrepreneur and former director Tom Matzzie just so happened to be on the Acela express train from DC to NY when he (1) spotted Hayden sitting behind him and (2) started overhearing a series of "off the record" phone calls with press about the story of the week: the revelations of the NSA spying on foreign leaders. Matzzie did what any self-respecting American would do: live-tweet the calls.
nsa  michael-hayden  twitter  tom-matzzie  funny  irony  trains  interviewing  public  surveillance 
october 2013 by jm
stuff Google has learned from their hiring data
A. On the hiring side, we found that [interview] brainteasers are a complete waste of time. How many golf balls can you fit into an airplane? How many gas stations in Manhattan? A complete waste of time. They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.

Instead, what works well are structured behavioral interviews, where you have a consistent rubric for how you assess people, rather than having each interviewer just make stuff up. Behavioral interviewing also works — where you’re not giving someone a hypothetical, but you’re starting with a question like, “Give me an example of a time when you solved an analytically difficult problem.” The interesting thing about the behavioral interview is that when you ask somebody to speak to their own experience, and you drill into that, you get two kinds of information. One is you get to see how they actually interacted in a real-world situation, and the valuable “meta” information you get about the candidate is a sense of what they consider to be difficult.

This makes sense, and matches what I learned in Amazon. Bad news for Microsoft though! (Correction: Adam Shostack got in touch to note that MS haven't done this for 10+ years either.)

Also, I like this:

A. One of the things we’ve seen from all our data crunching is that G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless — no correlation at all except for brand-new college grads, where there’s a slight correlation. Google famously used to ask everyone for a transcript and G.P.A.’s and test scores, but we don’t anymore, unless you’re just a few years out of school. We found that they don’t predict anything. What’s interesting is the proportion of people without any college education at Google has increased over time as well. So we have teams where you have 14 percent of the team made up of people who’ve never gone to college.
google  hiring  interviewing  interviews  brainteasers  gpa  microsoft  star  amazon 
june 2013 by jm
'You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown into a blender. Your mass is reduced so that your density is the same as usual. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?'
Brilliant responses to this stereotypically-annoying Google interview question:

"Since being shrunk down like this is impossible, I can only assume this is happening inside a dream or nightmare of some kind. I sit down and meditate, summoning up my Siddartha/Neo like mental powers and realise that there is no blender, and that this terrible dream was created by the ego of a sadistic Google employee. As the kundalini fire races up my spine, and my spirit is liberated, I open my third eye and bathe said Google employee in the light of love. I forgive him, for he knows not what he does."
funny  interviewing  google  blenders  reddit 
july 2012 by jm

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