Google Now Hiring Autocompleters for Google Suggest

Google Now Hiring Autocompleters for Google Suggest

April 1, 2011
Larry Kim

If you were ever wondering how Google Suggest is so good at predicting your desired search, Google today revealed (through a job posting) some rare insight into exactly what powers Google suggestions.

If you search on Google today with Google Instant on, you'll see a little link on the bottom of the suggested searches that says "We're Hiring Autocompleters", as shown here:

Google Hiring Autocompleters

Clicking on the highlighted link will take you to the job description of a Google Autocompleter (click here for a screenshot). And here are some of the job description highlights... 

Required Responsibilities of a Google Autocompleter

  • Watch anonymized search queries as they come in to Google.
  • Predict and type completions based on your personal experience and intuition.
  • Suggest spelling corrections when relevant.
  • Keep updated with query trends and offer fresh suggestions.

Google Autocompleter Required Skills

  • Excellent knowledge of English and at least one other language.
  • Excellent knowledge of grammatical rules (e.g. parts of speech, parsing).
  • Understanding of the search engine space.
  • Proven web search experience.
  • Good typing skills (at least 32,000 WPM).
  • Willingness to travel (in order to provide local autocompletions) or relocate to obscure places like Nauru and Tuvalu to develop knowledge of local news and trends.
  • Certificate in psychic reading strongly preferred: palm, tarot, hypnosis, astrology, numerology, runes and/or auras.

Wow. I would have never guessed! They even have a video testimonial from a fellow Google  autocompleter, which also discloses some information on how their spell-checking feature works.

Is fast typing your super power? Are you always finishing other people's sentences? If you think you have what it takes to be a Google Autocompleter, apply here!

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Haas Christine
Mar 31, 2015

If this is a joke for the 1st of april, I will use it tomorrow to shock my boss :)

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