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How to Be a Paid Recruiter for Google

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Companies express their culture through their recruiting decisions. Recruiters build the future of the company and its culture through the choices they make and the candidates they present. And Google's culture is legendary, as are the salary and benefits.

A recent job posting for a Leadership Staffing Recruiter spells it out: "Great just isn't good enough for our People Operations team." If you think you have what it takes to join the Google team and find the leaders of the future, the rewards can be substantial.

Google Recruiter Job Description

Google's high standards apply to everything they do. A recruiter at Google can expect to be approached by the best of the best, which makes the job that much easier. Assisted by Google's trademark search magic, the recruiter will sift through a mountain of applications, eliminating any applicants who don't have the necessary prerequisites, and then take another look at the winnowed list, searching for the outstanding few whose resumes indicate alignment with Google's cultural values and high standards. Those few candidates are invited for an interview.

Google interviews are infamously difficult. They cover the usual – questions about a candidate's values, work habits, recreational activities, volunteering, school marks and the like – but they also include off-the-wall questions designed to test a candidate's ability to roll with the unexpected. How many golf balls can fit in a school bus, anyway? There are frequently multiple interviews, with the prospective work team as well as with human resources professionals, checking for personality fit.

An HR recruiter is also responsible for ensuring adequate numbers and quality of applicants, which tends not to be a problem at an attractive company such as Google, and writing and distributing job postings that bring in appropriate candidates.

Education Requirements

A bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement to apply at Google, and more education is better. Certain universities, like Stanford, count more than others, although community colleges don't necessarily eliminate you. And the more specialized your education – and relevant to the job – the better. This means for a U.S. recruiter at Google, a bachelor's degree in HR management from a good school should be considered a prerequisite, unless you've got exceptional experience to offset the lack of an optimal degree.

Outlook for the Industry

Google is one of the most profitable companies in the world, with massive dominance in its field of internet search engines. That is unlikely to change in the next five years, but then, it's technology. Everything changes. The role of the recruiter is to ensure that you have the best, most creative people at your side to transition to whatever the future demands. Once upon a time, remember, nobody had ever heard of Gmail.

Google Recruiter Years of Experience and Salary


The Google recruiter salary starts high and only goes up. According to Glassdoor, Google recruiters start between $69 and $74 per hour, or $144,000 to $158,000 per year, plus bonuses and benefits that include stock options.


Lorraine Murphy has been writing on business, self-employment, and marketing since the turn of the 21st century. Her credits include Vanity Fair, the Guardian, Slate, Salon, Occupational Pursuit Magazine, the Daily Download, and Business in Vancouver. She has been a judge and mentor at Vancouver Startup Weekend multiple times, and is an in-demand keynote speaker.

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