Why that message from a Google recruiter doesn't mean you'll get a job

Google recruiters send hundreds of cold messages per week, using software called a “TextExpander” to essentially copy-paste similar messages to potential employees — most of whom will never get hired, a former Google employee revealed in an item for the Washington Post.

Grant Lindsley wrote that he is resigning from his two-year stint as a “talent channels specialist” at Google, and gave a peek into why certain engineers with desirable skills get tons of recruiter notes on LinkedIn.

Some interesting bits:

  • Google recruiters can reach out to as many as 40 candidates per day, finding them through LinkedIn searches for specific skills.
  • There’s a shortcut to populate an entire four-paragraph rejection email.
  • Because Google’s acceptance rate is low, Lindsley writes that “almost no one we contacted will get hired.”

The entire essay shines a light into a lesser-known corner of Silicon Valley: how companies like Google can keep the talent pipeline full of people with specific skills.

It turns out, it’s a lot of LinkedIn. Lindsley’s entire essay is worth reading over at the Washington Post.

What’s the worst recruiter message you’ve ever received? Email the author at [email protected] — submissions can be anonymous.

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