I was amused by this post by John Battelle, especially by how willing he was to paraphrase what he thought the people at Google were really thinking. It’s actually quite a nice piece of writing.
Looking back on my scattered but still somewhat venomous post of a year or so ago about Google’s hiring practices (among other things), I think I have to give my self a score of 0.5 out of 2 for predictions. (That is, 0.5/1.0 + 0.0/1.0.) The half point is for predicting that maybe Google would come to feel that it had burned too casually and arrogantly through the collective goodwill of the job-applicant pool, and would regret it. (I’m only giving myself half a point, since for all we know their hiring difficulties are purely due to the fact that they can’t offer pre-IPO stock anymore.) The 0.0/1.0 is for predicting that they had burned their bridges with large-university research librarians. Boy, was I wrong on that one. 🙂 If negative points were possible in my prediction-rating scheme, I would be getting them now.
(Full disclosure: I work for a direct competitor of Google’s, and I did start an interview process with them once, which was not exactly a bad experience but definitely a weird one.)