The launch of a large-scale recruitment process has seen online giant, Google, inundated with more than 75,000 job applications in the space of just one week.
The company announced at the end of 2010 that it was looking to create in excess of 6,000 new jobs in 2011 and - following the official launch of the recruitment process a little over a week ago - has found that it will have an enormous pool of potential from which to choose.
The applicants are all seeking to be considered for new roles being created in mobile services, display advertising and Internet applications.
The search engine's senior vice president of engineering and research, Alan Eustace, explained that their quest for new talent was in response to the growing competition they are facing from their rapidly expanding Silicon Valley rivals, Facebook and Apple.
"We'll hire as many smart, creative people as we can to tackle some of the toughest challenges in computer science," he explained, "like building a Web-based operating system from scratch, instantly searching an index of more than 100 million gigabytes and even developing cars that drive themselves."
Online recruitment expert Geoff Newman who is chief executive of Recruitment Genius is not surprised by the number of applications.
“Google has a fantastic employer brand that most people want to work for. Combine this with high unemployment and they are bound to receive a high number of job applications. We receive approximately 60,000 per day for jobs in the UK which is possible only due to robust procedures and IT. I sincerely hope Google has similar procedures to ensure a great candidate experience.”
The company's previous record for the largest number of applicants in one week was 65,000 back in 2007. It was named the best place to work in the US in 2007 and 2008 by Fortune magazine.