Today, Google is the most desirable and most wanted world company to work for. Every year, about 2 million people apply for a job and 5,000 are hired. What is the secret to become an employee and is there any advice that could help us to be that 1/400 that passes the job interview?
We have been investigating what Google asks its potential employees and what is the most important to know when applying for this highly successful company.
It is good to know that the company started as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin Ph.D. students at Stanford University in 1996. But it was fast growing from a project into what we know today that Google is. That is one of its main characteristics – being fast, original, procreative, and futuristic. If we talk about its rapid development, maybe enough would be to say that 6 years ago the company had 6,000 staff and today it is 50,000 strong.
Laszlo Bock, Google’s head of people operations, named four things that they actually care about. On its first place is general cognitive ability. That ability means that being just intelligent is not enough; you need to be able to absorb information. The next important thing is emergent leadership. This means that you need to be quick and fast when problems come up, stepping into and solving it.
You need to know how and when you are no longer needed to step out. The point is to show great will and to give your energy, your power at the right moment, a moment of an importance. The third places belong to cultural fit or using the words they are calling it: “Googleyness”.
It is your ability to be the ground standing person in a human, non-egoistic way, or saying it simpler: When the facts show that you are wrong, just admit it. The last, but not the least, fourth thing is a job expertise that you are applying for.
Some of the privileges that you will have as a worker at Google are subsidized childcare, the massage chairs, hairdressers, and mechanics for servicing cars.
Money is not such a big thing; employees can manage to give each other bonuses of $175, without any special reason. If they die, or get married, their wife gets a half of their salary for a decade. We really have to admit that Google is very generous.
Question at interview may be very simple, but you need to think well and fast to give a precious answer.
Here we listed some of the questions that have been asked in interviews:
- What would you change at your university/work place if you were CEO today?
- What do you know about Google?
- How many cars travel across a bridge each day?
- How would you describe AdWords to a seven-year-old?
- Can you tell us something about you that is not on your resume?
- If you could have 10 million dollars right now, what would you do?
- You have a colony on Mars and you want to communicate with. How do you build a system to communicate with them?
These were some of the questions, but who knows what you could be asked. You need to plan well, to think fast and to give great solutions. That’s what they need – someone who will be a part of a successful team.
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Written by Marko T.