Facebook Hires Like Google…Shocker

Word on the street is that Facebook, after realizing that traditional hiring approaches suck and subsequently scratching their heads for awhile, came up with a noteworthy approach to hiring employees. However, it turns out that their approach is the same one Google has been using for years. It’s pretty well documented in fact: Put out really hard puzzles and hire the people who can solve them because they’re obviously smart and smart people make for good hires.

My question is, why is this relatively outdated topic circulating around the web again and making appearances in books with Facebook’s name all over it when Google started it years ago? My guess is that people are sort of over Google and are ready to hear about what some of the fresher, more current tech companies are up to. So even when said fresher companies borrow ideas from Google we’re re-packaging them and giving Facebook credit. Hey, that’s fine by me.

Have any of you stolen borrowed a good Recruiting, Culture, or Engagement idea from another company and successfully implemented it? I’d love to hear your story.

Editors Note: When it comes to her professional life, Marisa Keegan is passionate about three things; employee engagement, employee advocacy, and corporate culture. Her goal is to help business leaders understand the importance of giving their employees a voice. Since leaving her position as Culture Maven at Rackspace, she has joined Modea, a digital services agency, and is helping them shape their Talent Management Strategy. Both of these companies have been nationally recognized as great places to work.

About Marisa

Marisa Keegan is a leadership coach, trainer, and HR consultant for quickly growing organizations who are passionate about strengthening their employees, their brand, and their culture. She has helped lead the HR, culture, and engagement initiatives at two nationally recognized great places to work; Rackspace as Culture Maven and Modea as Talent Manger. She is an author at Fistful of Talent and Culture Fanatics. Marisa has her Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology and currently lives with her husband and twin boys in Richmond, Virginia.
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