Over the years, Google has emerged as a highly sought after employer, and technology innovator. This can be at least partially credited to their unique hiring and screening processes. In fact, it’s so well-known that similar screening techniques are being employed elsewhere.
As you might imagine, landing a job at Google means understanding their hiring methods first. Next, comes using that knowledge to your advantage. That starts with your resume, and continues into the interview stage. Keep reading for some actionable tips and insights to help you hack Google’s intense and complex hiring process.
Create a Resume That Appeals to Many People
Veronica Wright, CEO at Resumes Centre has helped many job seekers who dream of working at Google. She prepares them with some very frank advice.
“Like them or not, Google is a big proponent of group interviews. That’s not so unique. What makes Google’s approach so unusual is that in order to move forward, candidates must get unanimous approval. You must win over everybody.”
Your interview team may consist of team members from all over the organization. Your resume and cover letter should appeal to a wide range of people. Be specific about your job, but write in a way that someone who isn’t in your field can appreciate what you do.
Show That You Are a Great Cultural Fit
Google is well known for creating a corporate culture and work environment that is now emulated in many organizations. A good portion of their hiring process has been designed with that in mind. Specifically, hiring authorities at Google want to be certain that you will be a good cultural fit.
Convincing them begins with your resume and cover letter. Google favors candidates that are energetic, innovative, and willing to learn. Your resume should detail ways in which you have shown initiative at previous jobs, ideas you have taken to fruition, and your continued learning efforts.
Google also values intellectual humility. That’s your ability to acknowledge that you are wrong in the face of new evidence, and to adjust your ideas and approaches accordingly. It’s a key indicator that a candidate can accept new information, and incorporate that into their work.
Carolyn Denton, a career advisor at Resumes.Expert has some great insights on illustrating intellectual humility during your interview.
“If you’re lucky enough to land an interview at Google, keep these things in mind. Share stories that show that you can learn from your mistakes. Try to work in ways in which you are learning, and growing in your career, and building on your skill set.”
Keep in mind that Google is very well known for helping its employees obtain the training and education they need. Your focus should be on showing exactly how curious and coachable you are.
Showcase Your Talent and Accomplishments: Not Your Duties
Use your resume and cover letter to showcase what you’ve accomplished, not your duties. This is great advice for any situation. It’s even more important if you want to work for Google.
What does this mean? Imagine that one of your tasks at your current job is writing up software documentation. That’s one of your duties. Rather than using that on your resume, think about the results of your effort. In this case, your documentation makes it easier for customers to use the software your customer creates. It improves the customer experience. That’s what you should focus on in your resume.
Of course, you can’t just say so. Google values data in the hiring process and elsewhere. Use evidence. Don’t say that you improved customer service metrics. Use numbers to quantify that. Share that you implemented a training program that reduced customer complaints by 25%.
As you prepare for your interview, get a few anecdotes ready. Choose stories that showcase the talents and accomplishments that you want to communicate.
Google is a highly sought after employer. They provide a great work environment. They work hard to ensure that every employee is well taken care of. At the same time, they have exceptionally high expectations. If you’re applying at Google, you’ll need to be prepared to go up against some steep competition. To do that, be prepared to show your worth, and ready yourself for an intensive hiring process. If you’re lucky enough to be one of the few who gets hired, the effort will definitely be worthwhile.