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Hunting heads for Google

Sarah Morse (Psychology,’14) finds top talent for the multinational technology company.

 

 

Recruiting the country’s best software engineers to Google—the veritable Mecca of tech—might seem like a cinch. But Sarah Morse says it’s actually a complex chess game that hinges on her message.

“These are the smartest, most accomplished engineers in the industry, and they are well taken care of at their current jobs,” said the 2014 psychology alumna, a contract recruiter at Google. “It’s a challenge to make your message stand out.”

Morse plays the role of confidante and counselor rather than salesperson, encouraging recruits to discuss their desires and ambitions or help them identify new ones. She honed these skills while studying psychology, which nourished her innate fascination with people and what makes them tick.

Morse credits a class in motivation and emotion for giving her insight into how incentives and rewards play in decision-making. “Sometimes it’s something specific like wanting their code to be available to millions of users,” Morse said. “It all goes back to figuring out what excites them.”

In another, Evolutionary Psychology, students debated various controversial subjects—like what causes the differences between the brains of women and men. But every student’s opinion was made clear and respected—an approach that Morse brings to her work today.

Morse had no idea her passion for psychology would lead to her current career. Even Google couldn’t have predicted that.

“I was just really passionate about people and fascinated with technology,” she said. “And by following those interests, I’m working at my dream company, which I never thought possible.”

 

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