According to one Max Rosett, Google newest employee, you can get a job at the tech giant by simply running a secret Google search that will take you through complex series of puzzles and, if you get all the correct answers to all the challenges, you get to be interviewed for a job at Google.
Rosett stumbled upon this when he was researching for a project for his degree in computer science. He like many of us turned to Google to search for some information online to help him complete his project. Rosett says he typed the programming term “python lambda function list comprehension”.
Instead of getting the typical result, the search result page broke apart and instead a message popped up with these words: “You’re speaking our language. Up for a challenge?”
Many people would have been suspicious of the pop-up message and clicked on “No thanks” and instructed their computer not to show that message again. Rosett instead took a gamble and clicked on “I want to play”. This option took him through a series of challenges including finding a file located on a special interface and taking him to a programming challenge. All these challenges were taking place within his browser.
Rosett was given a number of problems, all of which he managed to solve. In the end, he was asked to submit his contact details.
“Much to my surprise, a recruiter emailed me a couple days later asking for a copy of my resume. I emailed it to him, and we set up a phone call.” Wrote Rosett in his blog post.
Up to until this point, Rosett was skeptical and thought that it could have been a prank all along. All doubts were gone when he was invited for an interview at Google’s office. He went through the typical interview process you would expect at a company such as Google. Two weeks later, Rosett was given a job offer and he began working at Google three months later after the fateful search he was running for his degree project.
After reading this, you might be tempted to run the same search Rosett ran; using the same words. Well, don’t bother! Those search terms no longer activate those special Google challenges above anymore, even though it appears some pages are still active. Maybe you should keep running your regular Google search using words relevant to your niche. Who knows? You just might stumble upon luck like Rosett did.