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Ex-Googlers Share How They Scored The Job & Tips On Getting Into The Tech Giant
By Yoon Sann Wong, 12 Sep 2017
It’s no secret that Google is one of the most coveted companies to work in. If you want to get hired by this tech behemoth, it helps to know some insider information that might just help get your foot through the door.
Fast Company brought together six ex-Googlers to share their take on the company’s hiring process. Key topics covered include: highlighting the right things on your résumé; looking for a connection; showcasing your ‘Googleyness’; anticipating questions and preparing your own; exhibiting your passion; having opinions about Google products; bringing your problem-solving skills; thinking about what will carry through to the hiring committee.
Preview some of the advice below and access all the tips here.
Highlight the right things on your résumé
The first step to getting into Google is ensuring that your résumé stands out. Begin with your accomplishments, advises Kevin Miller, the current director of growth at OpenListings.com who worked in Google AdWords sales for two years.
“Once you get to that table with Google, it’s likely because you’ve had a 3.9 or 4.0 GPA in college and you had done well in previous roles. Everyone else is on that same playing field.”
Have opinions about Google products
Candidates should familiarize themselves with the products they’d likely handle during their stint, particularly if they are consumer offerings, recommends Azhar Hashem, former head of marketing for Google Fiber and owner of San Francisco-based Mediterranean-style restaurant Tawla SF.
“Where is that product in terms of its maturity? Know how to critique it. What do you like about it? What can be done better? They want to see that you’ve critically thought about it and have more than a cursory understanding of the product,” says Hashem. Don’t be afraid to have strong but thoughtful opinions that will set you apart from others.
Bring your problem-solving skills
Unsurprisingly, problem solving is one of the key skills required of a Google employee. Michael Brandt, cofounder and chief operating officer of nutritional supplement manufacturer, HVMN, held various roles at Google during his two-year tenure. This includes APM working enterprise privacy and YouTube, as well as a design consultant and instructor.
Brandt recalls the interviewer asking him after a series of technical questions, “How many uses are there for a traffic cone?”
While brainstorming, Brandt realized there are myriad functions, ranging from directing traffic to organizing soccer games.
“The point of the question there I think was just to get you to be good at risking, be good at speaking when you don’t have the exact right answer; it’s not even clear that there is a right answer. A lot of times the best ideas come when a group is working together and people are communicating openly and freely. And so that’s what that question was getting at.”
Continue reading for all the tips by ex-Googlers on the company’s hiring process.
[via Fast Company, image via Shutterstock]
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