A DigitalPoint Forums thread asks for tips in his job interview at Google. But how does one actually get a job at Google? Honestly, I never worked at Google, so I don't know, but how would I go about getting a job at Google?
Applying for a Job at Google:
- First look for job openings in the location that suits me best. For me, that would be the New York location.
- Then I would look for my area of expertise. Hmm, I know how facilities work and I am a safe guy, so maybe the Security and Safety Manager.
- I would then read the requirements of the job and make sure I fit them to a dime. If I don't, which I don't here (I don't have "8 years experience with physical security, workplace safety, investigations and executive protection"), then I would keep looking.
- After I find the job that fits me best, I would apply.
If you are lucky enough, then you get a job interview. I suspect typically via the phone first.
The Google Phone Interviews:
- Do a ton of research on those who already work at Google, specially in that department.
- Know who is interviewing you and know the recent topics of discussion that he or she may have dealt with recently.
- Know the job and how to answer questions about it.
- Read about Google's company culture and be gun-ho about it.
After that, if you are lucky, you probably will get other phone interviews, again, stay on top of the ball. I assume if you are good enough, you may get an in person interview.
The Google In-Person Interview:
- Everything above applies
- Be natural and yourself, don't try to be something your not - it will look bad
- I think you would most likely dress casual, but it depends on the job you are going after.
- Be curious, ask a bunch of questions - it will show you are into Google.
- Of course, don't smell bad, look clean, and the generic stuff there.
- Read about past in-person interviews.
There are plenty of blog entries and articles out on the web about past job interviews at Google. You can learn a lot from them. I am sure I missed a ton of items, but I never applied for a job at Google - so I wouldn't know.
Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums.
Postscript: Wired has a blog post explaining How to Dress for Your Google Interview, which may be helpful for those reason this article.