How to get a job at Google?
In 2007 and 2008, Google was ranked no. 1 in the 100 Best Companies to Work For list compiled by Fortune magazine. Between 2009 and 2011, the company remains in the top four. A number of other unofficial surveys and observations have also credited the technology giant as one of the most admired organizations to work with.
Indeed, Google continues to stamp its remarkable status as a company of choice, even though facing with immense competition. Google is a technology company that mainly involves in invention of breakthrough services and products. The company values intelligence, team spirit, diversity, creativity and idealism.
Google distinguishes itself from other companies by fostering non-conventional working environment. The company’s office set up is exemplary. Work station is not about a cubicle and a computer. The employees are given freedom how they can create the work space. They are encouraged to set up their work place that would squeeze all the creative juice from their brain. Pets are allowed, as long as they are not a nuisance to the work mates. Engaging toys are celebrated.
Finding a job at Google
How one can get a job at Google? Well, Getting a job at the company begins with the searching of suitable job vacancies at their official job site. You can find jobs according to location, either international or local.
Technology driven positions are considered key for the company. Software Engineers, Data Security Managers, Business System Analysts, Android Application Designers, Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Mobile Apps Product Managers, YouTube Analysts, MySQL Database Administrators and Geo-related Engineers are highly sought after by the company.
Nevertheless, opportunities are also abound for non-technical positions, and these can include Online Sales Strategists, Content and Commerce Managers, News Associates, Credit Analysts, Sourcing Specialists, Legal Assistants and Immigration Officers. As a matter of fact, the company admits to have hired puzzle champion, alligator wrestlers, former neurosurgeon and Lego maniac in the past.
Preparing your resume
All jobs need resume, and Google is of no exception. Draft and finalize a resume tailored to Google jobs, highlighting your background, academic credentials, work experience, technical skills and aptitude, as well as your achievements. Pay particular attention on your achievements because these will be what Google will seek for. Major resume formats – MS Word, PDF or even text – are accepted.
Once you are identified to be a close match with what the company is looking for, a recruiter will be in touch with you for a screening interview, as well as sharing with you about Google’s expectation. Normally, this is done through phone interview. During this session, candidates are also given an opportunity to ask questions related to employment with Google.
The phone interview is a stage where your technical skills are verbally evaluated. Other than that, proficiency in language and interpersonal communication will also be taken note to determine that the candidate is worth screened in the next level. Typically, the interviewer on the other line is someone from Google who is doing something similar to the job the candidate is applying. A session can last between 30 and 40 minutes.
Successful phone interview candidates will be invited for face to face interview.
Face to face interview
The next stage, the face to face interview, will inevitably get harder. Instead of one interviewer, you will be meeting with a number of Google engineers and experts, some of whom are the best in the industry. For technical positions, be prepared to be asked questions on: coding, algorithm, data structures, programming and design & architecture. Get yourself prepared for some tough questions that require you to solve in real time. In a nutshell, this interview assesses your problem solving and analytical skills.
Additionally, during the interview, you will also be introduced and briefed about Google Engineering philosophy.
On average, each Google’s employee (also known as Googlers) comes across at least four different interviewers before a job offer is extended. These interviewers come from both technical and management background. This is done to help the company getting as many inputs, across different divisions, about the candidates before a final hiring decision is made. Final decision is usually made between a few days and two weeks; both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be informed of the decision.
Getting a job is at Google is not impossible. It is definitely challenging but you can among those in the Googlers’ family if you have what it takes.