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How We Hire at Google

Hi, I’m Brinleigh and I’m a Business Recruiter at Google. And I’m Okwus, a Technical Recruiter at
Google. We’re going to take a couple minutes to
walk you through how we hire at Google for all of our jobs, and share helpful details
to prepare you for the experience! The first step is getting your application
to us. Start by browsing open jobs around the world
on our Careers site and find up to three jobs that match your skills and interests. Try to focus on roles where you meet all of
the minimum qualifications, and ideally some of the preferred. Now, it’s time to get your resume ready. Check out the video in the description for
our tips on how to make your resume stand out! One thing to point out here is that we don’t
require degrees from certain universities (or a university at all, depending on the
role) and your GPA is only part of your application if you’re a recent grad. After you submit your application, we have
a team of highly-trained pros who look over your resume and connect the dots between your
experience and roles at Google. There’s no one kind of Googler, so we’re
always looking for people who bring new perspectives and life experiences that’ll help us build
stronger teams, products, and services for all of our users. We really care about making this part of the
process fair and effective, so these reviewers focus on each candidate instead of each application
for a specific job. Once your resume is reviewed, you may hear
from a recruiter. If you don’t hear from us in a few weeks,
you can assume that we’re moving forward with other candidates unless otherwise noted – but
we might reach out in the future if another role is a match. After a recruiter reaches out to you, phone
calls are usually next. Typically, we’ll chat and learn more about
you, your interests, experience, etc. You may then have phone interviews with Googlers
that are more specific to the job or team. For technical roles, this often means coding
interviews, and for business roles they’ll focus on skills and experience specific to
the job you applied for. The next step is onsite interviews at Google
— a really exciting day. You’ll usually have four 45-minute interviews
where you meet a variety of Googlers, demonstrate your abilities, and have time to ask questions
about your interviewer, the role, and the team. You may also have lunch with a Googler to
learn more about what it’s like to work here. Now, let’s talk through other important
things to know about interviews. We use vetted, high-quality questions that
are tailored to the job you’ve applied for and challenging (in a good way). So don’t worry, you won’t be asked any
brainteaser questions — our research shows these types of questions aren’t useful for
assessing you! All interviewers are trained and use standardized
rubrics so that they’re consistent and confident in their assessments. Regardless of the job you’ve applied for,
there are four attributes we look for. First is general cognitive ability. We want to hire smart people who can learn
and adapt to new situations, so this is about how you learn and solve hard problems in real
life, not about GPAs or test scores. Second is role-related knowledge. It’s pretty straightforward — we want
to make sure you have the experience, background, and skills that’ll set you up for success
in the role. Third is leadership. We don’t just look at job titles, since
different team members will need to step into leadership roles and contribute. We look for examples of things like being
a team player and navigating challenges to make an impact. And last, but not least, is Googleyness. We want to make sure you can thrive here,
so we look for signs of comfort with ambiguity, bias to action, and a collaborative nature. After interviews, your recruiter will share
your interview feedback and scores, resume, references, and any work samples you submitted
with a hiring committee. Hiring committees bring together Googlers
who know the role best, but haven’t met any of the applicants, to offer a comprehensive,
unbiased review. If the committee recommends we hire you, that
recommendation and all of your info is sent to a senior leader—who provides another
layer of objectivity—for final review. If everything is approved, your recruiter
will get in touch to make an offer! And that’s how we hire here at Google! Check out the links in the description for
more resources to help you prepare, and head over to the Careers site to see our open jobs. We hope to see your application soon!

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