Omid Kordestani from Google gave a presentation
(scroll down to the bottom for the video) at Stanford Graduate School of Business back in September. Most of the presentation isn't really about Google, but some of it is. He mentions one of the "tests" that they use, and have from the very early days, the airport test.
It basically goes like this. Imagine that the person you are interviewing gets hired, and that you have to go on a business trip with him or her, flying to your destination. Now imagine being at the airport with the potential employee, only to discover that the flight has been delayed four hours. Would you want to be stuck waiting at the airport with this person for four hours while waiting for a plane?
One tidbit that I thought was interesting from this video was that back in September, 2006, approximately half of Google's employees were female, and Omid Kordestani was pretty proud of those numbers. (I'm not sure that I've seen much of the breakdown of the employee demographics at Google.)
Stanford did a series of videos in May of 2002 with Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, which covers a lot of issues involving corporate culture, and the business issues behind Google. It's at:http://edcorner.stan...html?author=150
A couple of those are:
Hiring: What Attributes Do You Look For?
(Larry defines the airport test in that segment.)
Recruiting and Hiring
In 2002, they were receiving over 1000 resumes a day. Some interesting insights to reference checks in this section.