Know exactly how to get a job at Google because dreamers are many and achievers are few!
'How to Get a Job at Google' is a question that many want an answer to!
Everybody wants a job at Google; after all, it’s a heaven for all the job seekers! Workers are attracted to the organization not only because it is one of the best companies in the world, but also because of the perks that come with the offer letter. Only the most sought after and qualified candidates make it through the screening process. Let’s find out if you can be one of the Googlers.
Put simply, Google has outlined the requirements as, “We’re looking for smart, team-oriented people, who can get things done.” But as per a few first-hand instances, Google’s interview process has been described to be very intensive and holistic. They try and search for the people who are sound in their capabilities and can fit in the company’s environment.
Laszlo Bock, Google’s head of people operations suggests that there are four things, which they consider while judging any applicant. First being General Cognitive Ability. It not only refers to raw intelligence but also the ability to absorb information. The second parameter is Emergent Leadership, which refers to the quality of addressing and solving a problem soon after noticing it and stepping out of it when he/she is longer needed. The willingness to give up power is also very important. The third criterion is to be a cultural fit aka Googleyness. The fourth parameter, applicants are judged on it their expertise in the job they’ll be hired for.
Smartness, Challenges and Leadership
Google is always looking for employees who have the ability to think out of the box and devise innovative solutions to various problems. The spotlight is taken by the candidates who’ve a clear track record of accepting difficult challenges and deploying the efforts of others to achieve the desired results. They look for leaders who proactively advance their agendas, but also recognize when somebody has a better idea.
To limbo through the interviews, the applicants need to display high intelligence and possess a fascination with developments in technology. Sound skill set is required depending upon the nature of the job or role vacant.
People operations at Google prefer candidates who’ve a broad set of knowledge and skills as contrary to the individuals with expertise in a narrow field. In order words, they are interested in hiring T shaped persons. The vertical bar on the ‘T’ signifies expertise in one single field, whereas the horizontal bar depicts the ability to collaborate with experts in other areas as well.
Innovations and developments in the tech sector are never-ending; hence, Google looks forward to people who’ve passion for translating new ideas into action.
Being a cultural fit is yet another factor that applicants are judged upon. What they call ‘Googleyness’, is a nebulous trait that defines a person being a cultural fit or not. Your personal attributes would matter here and they are not easily quantifiable as your experience and qualification for the job. They want somebody who can comfortably fit in with the existing Google team.
It doesn’t mean that you’ve to be warm or fuzzy; for instance, you just need to be somebody who can accept if you’re wrong and correct that later.
To get more insights on the company’s work culture you must read everything that is available online. Glassdoor reviews are a good source to get some insight.
How Does Google Hire?
Once you get to know about an opening that interests you and suits your skill set, you can submit your resume on the official Google hiring web page. Recruiters will review it and contact you if they think you fit the bill. This would be followed by a telephonic interview and then by an on-site interview with a jury of management. Google wants to be sure of your compatibility before hiring you and hence, the interview process can take up to a few weeks. FYI Google receives approximately 20,000 resume in a week!
References also work a great deal. If you've got this advantage then you must use it in your favour. By this means, you’ll break the clutter (remember 20,000 resumes) and complete the process faster than others.
In India, Google has also designated third parties for hiring employees, but on their own payrolls.
Google Interview Process and Tips
Google, infamous for its interviews has evolved approaches time and again. They intend to sieve out the best candidates through their intensive selection process. The interviews are designed in a way that they judge every aspect of the candidate’s personality and knowledge.
God’s grace, Google doesn’t ask brain teasers in interviews anymore. They do work on sample tests and ask structured questions.
The first and foremost round of the interview is done on phone/Hangout. In this round, you’ll speak to a potential peer or manager. For software engineering roles, the discussion is expected to last between 30 and 60 minutes. You’ll be given a task to answer coding questions and talk through the thought process while writing code in a Google Doc that is supposed to be shared with the interviewer.
The interview will include data structure and algorithms. In this round, you should be thorough with your codes and must be prepared to write 20-30 lines of code in your strongest and cleanest language.
There’ll also be open-ended questions.
This round will revolve around your deep understanding about the subject matter
The next rounds will be a chain of On-Site interviews. Here, you’re supposed to meet four Googlers (some potential teammates and some cross-functional employees. They’ll talk to you for 30 to 45 mins each. The candidates will be judged on four parameters, namely, General Cognitive Ability, Leadership, Role-related Knowledge and Googleyness.
Bottom line, Google follows a behavioural interviewing approach. You must be ready with examples to back up your CV. Googlers you meet would want to know what you’ve accomplished except your job. Be ready with stories and objective examples of your experiences.
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