To work at Google, you need to understand how Google hires. This is well explained below.
HOW GOOGLE HIRES
Google’s hiring process is pretty basic. The path to getting hired at Google usually involves a first conversation with a recruiter, next a phone interview and an onsite interview at one of Google’s offices. But there are a few things to be seen along the way that makes getting hired at Google a little different from getting hired elsewhere.
HOW GOOGLE INTERVIEWS
Google is looking for smart, team-oriented people who can get things done. When you interview at Google, you’ll likely interview with four or five Googlers. They’re looking for four things:
Google will want to know how you’ve worked so hard in different situations in order to mobilize a team. This might be by asserting a leadership role at work or with an organization, or by helping a team succeed when you weren’t officially appointed as the leader.
Google is looking for people who have a variety of strengths and passions, and not just isolated skill sets. They want to make sure that you have the experience and the background that will set you up for success in your role. For Computer Science and Engineering candidates in particular, they will be looking to check out your coding skills and technical areas of expertise.
How You Think
Google is less concerned about grades and transcripts and more interested in how you think. They are likely to ask you some role-related questions that provide insight into how you solve problems. You will need to show them how you would tackle the problem presented in any situation.
They want to get a feel for what makes you who you are. They will want to make sure you will thrive in their place, so they’ll be looking for signs around your comfort with ambiguity, your bias to action and your collaborative nature.
HOW GOOGLE DECIDES
There are also a few other things Google does to make sure they’re always hiring the right candidate for the right role and for Google.
They collect feedback from multiple Googlers
At Google, you work on tons of projects with different groups of Googlers, across many teams and time zones. To give you a sense of what working there is really like, some of your interviewers could be potential teammates, but some interviewers will be with other teams. This helps them see how you might collaborate and fit in at Google overall.
Independent committees of Googlers help them ensure they’re hiring for the long term
An independent committee of Googlers review feedback from all of the interviewers. This committee is responsible for ensuring their hiring process is fair and that they’re holding true to their “good for Google” standards as they grow.
WHAT YOU NEED TO WORK AT GOOGLE
You’ve read it all. Having seen how they hire and what they are looking out for, the wisest thing to do is to start acquiring the needed skills now. Try to be good at your field, try to gain leadership skills, try to have Googleyness 🙂