Google Tallies 75,000 Job Applications In Single Week

Hiring spree announcement gets huge response

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Nine days ago, Google announced with some fanfare that it intended to hire at least 6,000 new employees this year.  Now, it turns out the response was immediate and almost overwhelming, as a representative’s said over 75,000 people submitted applications last week.

Google of course has a lot of things working in its favor, from a market cap of $195 billion to a reputation for being a great place to work.  The combination of high pay, dogs, and free food (among other things) should appeal to a wide range of people.

No one seems to have seen this response coming, however.  Brian Womack wrote this afternoon, "The flood of resumes topped a previous high set in May 2007 by 15 percent, said Aaron Zamost, a spokesman for the Mountain View, California-based company."

GoogleAnd even if you figure that Google will hire exactly 6,000 people out of 75,000 (ignoring the fact that the company’s sure to seek out some folks on its own and conduct this process throughout the year), that would leave 92 percent of the applicants out of luck.

On the bright side, at least everyone who knows an HR worker at Google stands a chance of getting a muffin basket or three as thousands of applicants try to make themselves stand out via yummy gifts.

Google Tallies 75,000 Job Applications In Single Week
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  • http://www.kermitrose.com/econSummaryAnalysis.html jgo

    Google received 75K employment applications last week. Clueless CEO gripes about turrrrrrible continuing talent shortage.

  • http://www.thegoodgift.co.uk Colin

    This is a great article that highlights the problems with getting a good job in the present climate but it does raise some disturbing points.

    Is it only me that feels it is morally wrong to use “muffin baskets” and “yummy gifts” to get a preferential treatment from the HR people when applying for a job.

    This is blatant corruption and is symptomatic of the problems that have led us into this sink hole of despair that we are in at the moment.
    People should be judged on merit and skill – not by the quality and quantity of their gifts – THIS is bribary. If I was in an HR department both gift and application would go straight into the bin and a letter sent to the applicant saying why they were instantly rejected.

    All this presupposes that the HR team at Google are so transparent as to be swayed by a blueberry muffin or a chocolate cup cake – something I am sure they are not.

    Rant over and good luck to all the candidates.

  • http://www.onlinejobapplicationsblog.com/ Nick

    I just wrote about this same topic on my blog last week and I was shocked to see so many people apply for jobs but I guess everyone is looking for a job these days.

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