NEW DELHI: Days after an anti-women and anti-diversity 'memo' by a now former Google employee roiled the company, chief executive Sundar Pichai made a stirring statement Thursday encouraging women-coders and batting for a more inclusive company, reported The Verge.
"Seeing the girls here tonight gives me hope for the future...I want you to know there's a place for you in this industry," Pichai said to young women who were finalists in an app-building competition on Google's campus on Thursday.
"I know the journey won't always be easy, but to the girls who dream of being an engineer or an entrepreneur, and who dream of creating amazing things: I want you to know that there's a place for you in this industry, there's a place for you at Google. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here and we need you," said Pichai in his speech, the entire text of which was reproduced by The Verge.
12 interview questions banned by Google
12 interview questions banned by Google
Google is almost as famous for its amazing workplace as it is for its tough hiring process. There can be strange interview questions that seem to have no answers, and standards that will knock candidates out of the race right off the starting line. Google used to be a big example of this, with high standards and head-scratching questions. But there is good news for wannabe-Googlers. As the company has banned some of these bizzare questions from being asked altogether. In 2009, Seattle job coach Lewis Lin put together a list of 140 questions his clients were asked by Google. We've picked out 12 of the wildest. Future Google employees should be grateful these questions are no longer on the table.
Question: How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?
Question: Why are manhole covers round?
Question: How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?
Question: A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?
Question: How many times a day does a clock's hands overlap?
Question: How many vacuums are made per year in USA?
Question: Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco.
Question: Explain the significance of "dead beef."
Question: If a person dials a sequence of nos. on telephone, what possible words/strings can be formed from the letters associated with those nos.?
Question: How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?
Question: You have to get from point A to point B. You don’t know if you can get there. What would you do?
Question: Explain a database in three sentences to your 8-year-old nephew.
The Google chief executive then talked about the importance of "building products for everyone in the world" and stated the requirements to do that.
To build products for the world, Pichai said "we need to have people internally who represent the world in totality".
Pichai, an IIT-Kharagpur graduate, made these comments not just following the controversial memo, but after a scheduled town hall meeting to discuss gender issues had to be canceled because some employees feared online harassment for speaking against the memo.
This harassment included things like the anonymous circulation of a graphic composed of Twitter profiles of several gay, lesbian and transgender employees, reported the Associated Press (AP). This harassment was supported by conservative commentators like a former Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos, AP added.
As for the memo-writer, James Damore, he was fired on Monday after his missive from the Friday before that.
Damore said that "the representation gap between men and women in software engineering persists because of biological differences between the two sexes", according to motherboard.vice.com, which cited public tweets from Google employees.
The memo also said Google should not offer programmes for under-represented racial or gender minorities.
In a note to employees after firing Damore, Pichai said the former employee's views advanced "harmful gender stereotypes".
The views in it "were just not OK", he said.
"To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK."
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