09. 28. 2004
Google Labs Aptitude Test
Before I say anything about the GLAT, I'd like to say that I love Google. If it's true that we only use about 10% of our brains, then my excessive use of Google has surely cut my usage to about, oh .05%. Thanks to Google, I even know that that 10% figure is most likely a myth.
So yes I worship the Google overlords, but my love has been given a test. A test called the GLAT. In the October 2004 issue of MIT Technology Review, there is a an insert that is frighteningly reminiscent of an SAT or GRE registration pamplet. It says that if I can get a high enough score, Google will be in touch with me. Want to hear a sample question?
"Write a haiku describing possible methods for predicting search traffic seasonality."
What? Are they serious? I mean I'm really asking if this is a joke. I find it hard to believe that Google is so hard up that they're soliciting brainy job applicants through a spammy looking quiz. Maybe it's like those old ads where you could draw a picture of a cartoon mouse and win $20? These questions remind me of the dot com crazy years when I would go to an interview and find a 19-year old coked-out CEO in his pajamas who would ask me "clever brainteasers" like "Why are manhole covers round?"
I am all for creative thinking, but obviously this isn't a real recruitment tactic, it's an ad for the brainpower of Google. Calm down guys, we all know you're smart, you must all be drunk on shares.
Cruftbox scanned in the whole test; see if you're smart enough for Google.