Google: "G.P.A.'s are worthless as a criteria for hiring."


Tue, Feb 25th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On The New York Times' Sunday Review, Thomas L. Friedman explains that to get a job at Google, while "good grades certainly don't hurt," a vast "proportion of people without any college education at Google has increased over time."

Google attracts so much talent it can afford to look beyond traditional metrics, like G.P.A. For most young people, though, going to college and doing well is still the best way to master the tools needed for many careers. But Bock is saying something important to them, too: Beware. Your degree is not a proxy for your ability to do any job. The world only cares about — and pays off on — what you can do with what you know (and it doesn't care how you learned it). And in an age when innovation is increasingly a group endeavor, it also cares about a lot of soft skills — leadership, humility, collaboration, adaptability and loving to learn and re-learn. This will be true no matter where you go to work.



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