Google’s creative search for elite programmers

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Google Inc. finds almost anything on the Internet within seconds, but finding the sharp.m.inded computer engineers who program the company’s lightning-quick search engine takes more time – and a quirky bit of ingenuity.

As its rapidly growing business creates hundreds of new jobs, Google is trying to lure premier programming talent with offbeat measures, including a computer-coding competition and a brain-twisting aptitude test that mixes geek humor with a daunting mathematical workout. More

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