Google Now Hiring Autocompleters for Google Suggest


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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