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In Head-Hunting, Big Data May Not Be Such a Big Deal - NYTimes.com


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This is a few months old, but I think a terrifically open and useful perspective on Google's using of Big Data to assess their approach to hiring and HR.  It really highlights how much is unknown in this space.  

I remember when Google re-evaluated its hiring practices.

This part of the article is telling:

Part of the challenge with leadership is that it’s very driven by gut instinct in most cases — and even worse, everyone thinks they’re really good at it. The reality is that very few people are.

Years ago, we did a study to determine whether anyone at Google is particularly good at hiring. We looked at tens of thousands of interviews, and everyone who had done the interviews and what they scored the candidate, and how that person ultimately performed in their job. We found zero relationship. It’s a complete random mess, except for one guy who was highly predictive because he only interviewed people for a very specialized area, where he happened to be the world’s leading expert.

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