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Well, Should I Hire Like Google or Shouldn't I?

Posted by Erin Borgerson on March 21, 2014

Everyone wants to work at Google. Sure, that may be a tad hyperbolic, but between their culture, pay, and dedication to continued education, it's easy to understand why they're such a highly desirable company. 3380865_sOver the past five or so years, other companies have caught on to this and have implemented similar hiring and engagement strategies to Google. But the question is, is copying Google's strategies really that effective?

Over the past few weeks there have been a few articles published claiming, "Yes! You should hire like Google!" However, there are just as many articles saying, "No! Don't hire like Google." So what is - should I or shouldn't I? 

While there is no correct answer, Shanil Kaderali said it best, "Companies should hire like Google but adapt to their [own] needs." 

This means that there is no harm in replicating hiring tactics that have worked well for other companies. However, you must go into it understanding that it may not work the same way for your company. A little trial and error never hurt anyone, as long as those errors are immediately recognized. 

Trying out new hiring approaches, such as behavioral interviewing and reference checking, as well as utilizing interview guides and scorecards can make a huge difference. How big of a difference? Find out here.
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Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.