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Googling for a Gig

A recruiter at the Internet company whose name is synonymous with search says that working there isn’t the same as surfing there—even if you can do both in flip-flops
With fun perks like free lunches, on-site massage, and weekly roller hockey games, it’s no wonder that Google (GOOG ) is high on the list of where college grads want to work. After all, the company was launched from a Stanford University dorm room, and Staffing Programs Director Judy Gilbert says working at Google is still a lot like being at a college campus.
While most of the Internet company’s undergraduate hires are in technical fields like software engineering, she says Google is also hiring top-notch candidates for positions in sales and marketing. She spoke with BusinessWeek.com reporter Kerry Miller about what it’s really like inside the Googleplex and revealed the one answer students shouldn’t give when interviewers ask, “Why are you interested in Google?”
Google ranked No. 2 in this year’s Universum Survey of where college grads most want to work and fourth among undergrad business majors (see BusinessWeek.com, 6/4/06, “They Love it Here and Here and Here”)
Certainly, we have a very visible brand, as a company as well as an employer, and I think it’s very difficult to separate those. But, at the end of the day, we don’t know quite what drives it. We’re just flattered to be near the top of the list. We like being popular.

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