Not a few people want to work in multinational companies, such as Google, Apple or Microsoft, but these companies only pick out the best.
Google is popular not just for being one of the most admired companies in the world, but also as an excellent job provider, where employees enjoy a flexible work schedule, breaks and time for recreational activities.
However, it seems that in order to obtain a job at Google is not enough to have knowledge. Ingenuity also represents a basic condition to get through the first stages of the interview. The Wall Street Journal had access to the questions of an interview for a job at Google.
In the most part, questions are like puzzles that seek answers to designate the creativity, originality and mental speed. The employer is not looking to get the absolute answer, preferring instead on creativity and speed of thinking. The aim is that the future employee has the capacity to reflect on a theme, having certain logic.
For example, a question can sound like this: “A man pulls his car right next to a hotel and loses his entire fortune. What happened?” One candidate said that the man was playing Monopoly. Google has yet to reveal if this is a recommended response. However, the respondent has proven mental speed, originality and sense of humor. Nevertheless, Google seems to search for more than that. As experts say, a more appropriate response would have been “It depends!” in order for the respondent to offer arguments to support his answer.
Google may also require candidates to draw an evacuation plan for San Francisco or to use a programming language to describe chicken.
Gayle Laakmann McDowell on How to Get a Job At Google
Gayle Laakmann McDowell is probably the best example to follow when it comes to getting a job in a company like Google. She managed to work not only for Google but also for Apple and Microsoft. In her book, “The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or Any Top Tech Company”, Gayle Laakmann presents some tips to follow that will definitely help those interested.
This advice presented by probably one of the most successful women in the world is to start or launch a business/project. Launching a small business or just a project may provide clues like expertise in the field, passion for technology, initiative, leadership and creativity.
Another step would be to create an online portfolio. These days almost anyone can benefit from a portfolio of this type – a simple website that contains a description of your main achievements (both within and outside the job). Note that in many cases extra-job activities may be more popular than many other elements specified in the Curriculum Vitae.
It is also very important to be unafraid. Companies like Google or Microsoft are already famous for their tough questions. Unfortunately, many candidates get lost when they face them and that’s because they think the companies will perceive them as incompetents. By practicing the questions in the interview, these companies are only trying to test the intelligence of the candidate and the ability to cope with unfamiliar situations.