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A few days ago I watched How Computers Learn talk by Peter Norvig. In this talk, Peter talked about how Google did machine learning and at one point he mentioned that at Google they also applied machine learning to hiring. He said that one thing that was surprising to him was that being a winner at programming contests was a negative factor for performing well on the job. Peter added that programming contest winners are used to cranking solutions out fast and that you performed better at the job if you were more reflective and went slowly and made sure things were right.
Watch the relevant video fragment from the lecture:
Peter Norvig says that being good at programming competitions correlates negatively with being good on the job at Google.
Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdmyUZCl75s.
You can watch the full lecture here:
How Computers Learn - Vienna Gödel Lecture 2015 by Peter Norvig.
Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1O3ikmTEdA.
I extracted the fragment from the QA session at 1h 11m 50s.