Cool hiring quirks at top tech companies

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Tech companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook have long been featured in the news for having unique offices that most people can only dream of having, with perks such as free gourmet food, game areas, libraries - even free massages.

But did you know that these companies also have quirky traditions when they hire people too?

According to Business Insider, this includes one CEO taking the new hire for a walk, employees getting a free computer - with the caveat that he/she has to set it up themselves, or wearing colourful beanies.

Take a look at the photos below to find out the what will happen to new hires of these top tech companies.

Cool hiring quirks at top tech companies

  • As detailed in Adam Lashinksky's book 'Inside Apple', newbies get a free new iMac.

    The catch: They have to set it up themselves. Forget calling the IT department. If they are hired, it is assumed that they are smart enough to connect their computers to the servers.

    This is not the only thing they get for free on their first day, however. It is the only day where they get their one free lunch.

  • New employees here get something decidedly no-tech, unlike the iMacs Apple employees receive. Instead, they get a desk - made out of an old door.
  • Love M&Ms? Then you'll love the software company's anniversary perk for new employees, when they are given the candy.
  • CEO Marissa Mayer may be the head honcho, but it appears that she still gets into the nitty gritty of things by reading every serious candidate's new resume. No small feat, considering the company has about 15,000 employees and is constantly hiring, said Business Insider.
  • According to a New York Times article, a select few potential employees will receive an invite from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking them to take a walk through a wooded area of Palo Alto until they reach a Silicon Valley lookout, where Mr Zuckerberg will make his pitch.

    A person interviewed for the story, who declined to be named due to a confidentiality agreement he signed, said the experience was akin to being on a date.

  • On their first day, they take a trip to the company's headquarters in San Francisco, and are treated to beer and sausage.
  • Living up to their travel business, new employees are given $2,000 per year as a travel stipend.

    As they say in their website: "If you work here, then travel runs in your veins. Airbnb understands that, which is why each employee gets $2,000 per year to travel anywhere in the world they want. We take advantage of it."

  • On their first Friday all hands staff meeting, new employees need to wear a beanie that says 'Noogler'.

    Photo shows Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn in the movie The Internship

  • The payments company CEO, Jack Dorsey (left), who also co-founded Twitter, also takes new employees for a walk.

    He, however, has a very specific destination: he takes them to see a statue of Gandhi. In a tweet, he said that he does this to discuss their guiding principles.

  • New employees get a 'swag bag' full of cool stuff, including a copy of founder Reid Hoffman's new book, and is customised to the new hire's interests. This is apart from the customary LinkedIn water bottle and notebook.

    They also get a greeting card that says 'You're In!' on their desk on their first day, said Business Insider.

  • Techies who need a lot of storage would probably love Dropbox's perk for their new hires: unlimited free storage space.
  • It seems at Twitter, they like making employees comfortable on their first day - by giving them a t-shirt and a bottle of wine.

Cool hiring quirks at top tech companies

  • As detailed in Adam Lashinksky's book 'Inside Apple', newbies get a free new iMac.

    The catch: They have to set it up themselves. Forget calling the IT department. If they are hired, it is assumed that they are smart enough to connect their computers to the servers.

    This is not the only thing they get for free on their first day, however. It is the only day where they get their one free lunch.

  • New employees here get something decidedly no-tech, unlike the iMacs Apple employees receive. Instead, they get a desk - made out of an old door.
  • Love M&Ms? Then you'll love the software company's anniversary perk for new employees, when they are given the candy.
  • CEO Marissa Mayer may be the head honcho, but it appears that she still gets into the nitty gritty of things by reading every serious candidate's new resume. No small feat, considering the company has about 15,000 employees and is constantly hiring, said Business Insider.
  • According to a New York Times article, a select few potential employees will receive an invite from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking them to take a walk through a wooded area of Palo Alto until they reach a Silicon Valley lookout, where Mr Zuckerberg will make his pitch.

    A person interviewed for the story, who declined to be named due to a confidentiality agreement he signed, said the experience was akin to being on a date.

  • On their first day, they take a trip to the company's headquarters in San Francisco, and are treated to beer and sausage.
  • Living up to their travel business, new employees are given $2,000 per year as a travel stipend.

    As they say in their website: "If you work here, then travel runs in your veins. Airbnb understands that, which is why each employee gets $2,000 per year to travel anywhere in the world they want. We take advantage of it."

  • On their first Friday all hands staff meeting, new employees need to wear a beanie that says 'Noogler'.

    Photo shows Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn in the movie The Internship

  • The payments company CEO, Jack Dorsey (left), who also co-founded Twitter, also takes new employees for a walk.

    He, however, has a very specific destination: he takes them to see a statue of Gandhi. In a tweet, he said that he does this to discuss their guiding principles.

  • New employees get a 'swag bag' full of cool stuff, including a copy of founder Reid Hoffman's new book, and is customised to the new hire's interests. This is apart from the customary LinkedIn water bottle and notebook.

    They also get a greeting card that says 'You're In!' on their desk on their first day, said Business Insider.

  • Techies who need a lot of storage would probably love Dropbox's perk for their new hires: unlimited free storage space.
  • It seems at Twitter, they like making employees comfortable on their first day - by giving them a t-shirt and a bottle of wine.

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