How to get a job at Google

Whether you work in IT, programming or even music – there’s no doubt that Google is the place to work.

The stories surrounding the Google Campus are legendary and while no doubt you have to work harder than all of your peers at other companies you also get treated like the best.

So how do you go about getting a job at Google?


Be an (intelligent) extrovert

Despite what you’ve seen in films and television- there’s a very specific type of person that Google wants to hire and it’s not the “stereotypical nerdy introvert”.

As the company is founded on intensive collaboration, you need to not only be good at what you do, but also able to play well with others.

This also means you need to know when to take charge of a situation and lead a team as well as when to sit back and collaborate.

Find the right position

This sounds like an obvious first step, but find a position that is right for you.

Google is a massive multi-national corporation and they have dozens of job openings at any given time.

Rather apply for the position you are most qualified for and are best suited to work in than the one you think is best.

Prepare for more than one type of interview

As above, depending on the type of position you are pursuing you could face a number of different types of interviews.

Telephone interviews are typically used as a screening process to decide whether or not Google thinks it’s worth their time to fly you over for a face-to-face interview.

In recent years, this has been replaced by a Google Hangout session.

From there, you are flown out to the Google Campus where you are put through a number of on-site interviews to measure your aptitude face-to-face.

Know the answer to the trick question

It’s also worth noting that Google interviewers are infamous for throwing in a trick question or two. According to William Poundstone, author of Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?, one of the hardest questions you can be asked in a Google interview is the following:

“What number comes next in this sequence: 10, 9, 60, 90, 70, 66…?”

This question is hard because you either see the “trick” or you don’t, according to Poundstone. Nothing you learned in school is likely to help.

Try spelling out the numbers—you’ll see that they are in order of the number of letters in the word. “Sixty-six” has eight letters, so the next number must have nine. One possible answer is “ninety-six.”

Other interview questions typically focus on everything from traditional problem solving questions to how you feel about politics.


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