The web company received the flood of CVs after last week announcing that it would hire 6,000 employees this year.
Google is looking to increase its prescence in mobile services, display advertising and Internet applications. It also faces tougher competition from Facebook and Apple for users and engineering talent.
“We’re looking for top talent,” Alan Eustace, senior vice-president of engineering and research, said last week in a blog. “We’ll hire as many smart, creative people as we can to tackle some of the toughest challenges in computer science: like building a web-based operating system from scratch, instantly searching an index of more than 100m gigabytes and even developing cars that drive themselves.”
The number of job applications tops Google's previous high by 15pc, set in May 2007.