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Google is a company that does not like to be ordinary.The search giant held the final round of its annual programming competition in New York on Friday as a way to build interest and recruit new talent, reports the Wall Street Journal.
The 25 finalists, all men, worked in a stressful environment solving five algorithmic programming problems during a four-hour period.
Points were awarded based on the best methods contestants took to solve problems including “figuring out the most efficient way to whack zombies.”
Events are becoming a more popular hiring tool in New York, which has the nation’s fastest-growing tech sector behind Silicon Valley, according to a recent study.
Although winning this contest didn’t guarantee a job, contestants appreciated the experience. “It’s like any competitive sport,” Bartholomew Furrow, now a software engineer at Google’s headquarters said. “If you don’t stay fit and practice, you lose your edge.”
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