A warning from Google to job seekers and recruiters: The résumé is dying. Through extensive trial, error and testing, the tech giant has found that the traditional way of attracting job seekers—post a job, screen résumés, interview, hire—isn't going to get you the best candidates.
That's because it reflects a misunderstanding of what makes a candidate successful in a job. It's not your work history or your grades. It's not how much industry experience you have. Nor it is whether you can solve brain teasers, or even show general cognitive ability, although that's very important.
The biggest predictor of whether you'll succeed, Laszlo Bock outlines in "Work Rules!," is how you fare in a sample work test. Whether recruiting for an entry-level position at a call center or for a seasoned engineer at Apple, a company needs to see people in action. For example, hearing how a job candidate keeps calm talking to an irate customer or watching how the person would solve a coding challenge.