Shockley’s Weird Recruiting Process
William Shockley had weird ways of recruiting people as one of the Fairchild 8, Vic Grinich, recalls.
In 1956, looking at the job ads in Proceedings of the IRE, Grinich noticed an ad in code.
“It was a very simple code and didn’t require very much time to decrypt it and it was a job ad working for Shockley Labs,’ Grinich tells former National Semiconductor Charlie Sporck in an interview for Sporck’s book SPINOFF.
“When we got together he proceeded to give me a oral quiz as if I were a PhD candidate and I guess he felt he had to stump me, which he did,” recalls Grinich.
He was offered a job at $700 or $800 a month. “”It was considered a princely sum,” says Grinich.