Google is using its search engine to uncover potential tech talent, it has been revealed, after a coder secured a job at the firm by entering a particularly technical query.
Max Rosett explained on The Hustle website that he was embarking on a career change and, as part of his research, turned to Google to solve a problem. This was when the magic started.
“One morning, while working on a project, I Googled 'python lambda function list comprehension'. The familiar blue links appeared, and I started to look for the most relevant one. But then something unusual happened,” he said.
"The search results split and folded back to reveal a box that said: 'You’re speaking our language. Up for a challenge?' I stared at the screen. What? After a moment I decided, yes, I was most definitely up for a challenge.”
From there Rosett explained that he was engaged in a series of coding challenges via Google's foo.bar webpage.
“I won’t post the problem here, but solving it required a bit of knowledge about algorithms. I had the option to code in Python or Java. I set to work and solved the first problem in a couple hours. Each time I submitted a solution, foo.bar tested my code against five hidden test cases,” he said.
"Once my solution passed all of those tests, I could submit it and request a new challenge. Over the next two weeks, I solved five more problems. After I solved the sixth problem, foo.bar gave me the option to submit my contact information."
A recruiter then called Rosett and, after he went through a more traditional one-to-one interview process, he ended up being hired by Google.
"Three months ago, I thought I wasn’t ready to apply for a job at Google. Google disagreed," he said.
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