The company is, and most likely will remain, one of the most successful corporations in the world.
Complement it with a legendary working environment and exceptional salaries for all employees, and you have the answer why so many people try to get a job with Google.
You will find many articles where people claim that they know the questions you will get in an interview at Google. Interestingly enough, the questions differ from one article to another (unless the authors share nothing but common screening interview questions that do not differ from one company to another, and that you already know about and heard a thousand times).
So, what is the truth? Does anyone know the questions they will ask you at Google? Anyone except of the people who work in their HR team?
What will happen in a job interview at Google?
Google receives more than one million job applications every year. They can choose, and they do choose only the best.
Unless you possess a rare combination of high emotional intelligence (EI) and classical intelligence (IQ), they won’t hire you. No matter how hard you try. No matter what schools you finished, and diplomas you bring. Your technical skills, and your preparation for an interview, play a little role in this case as well.
Not everyone was blessed with so many gifts, and so if you do not consider yourself gifted with EI and IQ, you should rather not waste your time and try to get a job with another company.
There are many tech businesses that pursue innovation just as Google does, and your chances to get a job with them are much higher. Why? Simply because the number of job applicants competing with you will be much lower in any other company.
Questions, case studies, psychometry, strange tasks
Once you pass this stage of their interview process (which is not easy at all, and 90% of applicants will be screened out in this stage), the structure of the meeting changes dramatically. And the same applies to the questions.
You can expect various creative questions that will test your brightness, intelligence, analytical and presentation skills. Prepare to think, do math, and work with a computer in your interview. Actually you have to be ready for everything. Perhaps they will ask you to design a time machine…
It makes no sense to prepare for specific questions when you apply for a job with Google
The formula of success is simple in most interviews. You prepare good answers to screening and behavioral questions, you research about the company, and you have some knowledge of your filed. Typically it is enough to get hired. Or at least you will have a decent shot at signing a new job contract with the company.
Speaking about Google, that’s not how it works. Their combination of highly scientific psychometry, creative and unique interview questions (which vary from one interview to another), and one of the best HR teams in the world, will catch every job applicant off guard.
But what can you do to succeed?
Learn as much as you can about the company, and all their products (there are hundreds of them, though many people know just about maps, search engine, gmail, and Google Plus).
Try to imagine that you already work for them, and do all you can to improve on every skills that matters for the job. And then try to improve on every skill that seemingly doesn’t matter :).
Once you have the right mindset, and adequate knowledge and skills, you may be able to find good answers to the strange questions they will ask you at Google.
And if it doesn’t pan out, do not be sad. Google averages more than 150 applicants to make one hire. Take every setback as a lesson and a chance to improve. Many companies are waiting for smart people like you–people who finished second best at Google…
Other articles that may interest you
- How to prepare for an interview with the CEO – Going to meet the CEO of the company? Learn what matters for the decision makers, and how to make a great impression on them.
- Work portfolio for an interview – Learn how to prepare a selection of your best works, and how to use it to show the interviewers the value you can bring to their team. Portfolio is especially useful for programmers and other technicians.
- Body language in an interview – What do your gestures and movements say about you? Can we control our non-verbal communication? An interesting post that discusses the secret language of success.
- Follow-up letter after the interview – Advice on how to write a good letter (or email), with sample letters attached. Understand the most important sections on your letter, and make a final push towards a coveted job contract. This will not work at Google, but it can work in many other companies…