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It’s Still Tough to Get a Job at Google and Facebook

Google-logo1Google may have dropped the brainteasers from their entrance exam, but apparently it’s still a tough test to crack.

Google jumped up to eighth place in this year’s “25 most difficult companies to interview,” an annual list compiled by the folks over at Glassdoor, a site that crowdsources ratings for companies from anonymous employees.

That’s a bump up from its No. 9 position in 2012, and much tougher than interviewing down the road at Facebook, which landed in spot No. 22 this year. Still, an interview at Facebook is no cakewalk — and has only grown tougher since it stood at No. 24 in last year’s rankings.

It’s not only tech companies that are rough interviews, however. The 25 companies on the list include such giants as McKinsey & Company, Bain & Company, Procter & Gamble and BlackRock, some of the highest-profile consulting and investment firms in the world.

The average length of the interview process? A drawn-out 23 days, nearly double the amount of time it took back in 2010.

Don’t forget to pack your Clif Bars, hopeful engineers.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik