Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

What Employers Are Looking For

Google does not hire candidates from Ivy League schools who got straight As.


Because the person who graduated with honours took the bait and swallowed the idea that being good at school equals being good at life.

The A-student has been colouring inside the lines since he was a toddler.

Never did it cross his mind to question the textbooks, to reimagine the status quo, to start a project without permission, to just wing it, or to tackle unsolved problems.

The valedictorian only knows how to follow instructions and play it safe.

So when he sits across Laszlo Bock from Google, a recruiter who has seen over 25.000 resumes, his creative muscles are too weak to roll with any punches.

Any hypothetical workplace problem Laszlo throws at him sends the egghead reeling. It only takes a few more questions to knock most hotshot grads down and out the interview room.

Successful students have spent so much effort to prevent failure, they don’t know what to do if they inevitably do fail.

What’s more, rather than accept the mistake as their own, they’re likely to pin the blunder on some poor schmo or chalk it up to bad luck. After all, the genius has never been wrong before.

For decades employers have been comparing GPAs to hire new staff. But Google doesn’t care about test scores.

The technology giant cares about hiring people who can lead, who are humble enough to embrace the ideas of others, and who like to figure stuff out when there’s no obvious answer.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach