Google receives 75,000 job applications in a week

Google received a staggering response to the news that it would be hiring an additional 6,000 employees this year, with over 75,000 CVs landing on the departing Eric Schmidt’s desk last week.

This level of interest is unprecedented for Google, beating the previous record set back in 2007 by 15 percent.

Interestingly, 2007 was one of the two consecutive years in which it was heralded as the best place to work in America by Fortune magazine, and while Google may have slightly slipped down the list of desirable jobs the firm stills seems to attract the attention of potential employees. 

And all without offering/bribing applicants with a free iPad just to attend an interview as seems to be the case here in England.

“We’re looking for top talent,” Alan Eustace, senior vice president of engineering and research,” said last week from his bog.

“We’ll hire as many smart, creative people as we can to tackle some of the toughest challenges in computer science: like building a Web-based operating system from scratch, instantly searching an index of more than 100 million gigabytes and even developing cars that drive themselves.”

The move comes as the firm aims to extend its services ever further, particularly into mobile services and display advertising, while Facebook and Apple also compete for the world’s top talent.

75,000 people are utterly masochistic. Google has a notoriously tough interview process, asking questions such as: “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” and expecting a bona fide response. However it does have slaves for its staff and happily gives developers free time to do whatever they like, for example, combing Wi-Fi passwords and taking photos of people’s front doors.