Guide: Hire by committee

Rate candidates and make recommendations

Rating Candidates

Hiring committees discuss not only the quality of the candidate but also the quality of the feedback. Rating a candidate includes the expected “yay” or “nay” and a discussion of the correct job level for the candidate.

Hiring Committee Outcomes

Hiring decisions in Google's hiring committees are usually made by consensus (not majority vote). Research shows that unanimity enhances decision quality, because discussions tend to be more thorough. Voting produces one of three possible outcomes: Hire, No Hire, Hold/More Information Needed. In the last case, the recruiter will take the committee's feedback and gather more information (potentially scheduling additional interviews) so that at a future committee meeting they can reconsider with more data.


As part of maintaining an efficient hiring process, it’s good to provide feedback for interviewers. The role of a hiring committee member is to provide feedback to interviewers, both positive and constructive. Research suggests that peer feedback is a useful mechanism for improving group decision making. This feedback will not only help interviewers get better at conducting interviews, but regular feedback should also make the job of a hiring committee member much easier in future meetings.

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