Internet giant Google received a record number of job applications – more than 75,000 – from around the world last week, as it announced its plans to hire more than 6,000 people this year.
The number of applications beat the company’s previous record, which was set in May 2007, by 15 percent.
Google announced last month that it would be embarking on a hiring spree in 2011, topping its previous recruitment targets. Last year, the company took on more than 4,500 new employees, and in 2007, Google set its existing hiring milestone by taking on 6,300 people.
The company is looking to expand after its “big bets on mobile, display advertising and cloud really started to pay off,” according to Alan Eustace, SVP of engineering and research at Google.
In a blog post Eustace said: “ will be our biggest hiring year in company history. We’re looking for top talent- across the board and around the globe - and we’ll hire as many smart, creative people as we can to tackle some of the toughest challenges in computer science.
“There’s something at Google for everyone – from geo, to enterprise, to video – with most of the work done in small teams, effectively working as start-ups.”
He added that each Google project has on average 3.5 software engineers.
However, according to the Financial Times, Google is changing its recruitment tactics. It is reportedly looking for employees with entrepreneurial skills, not just intelligence.
Depending on the job, applicants often have to go through at least a dozen interviews testing their intellectual capacity.
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