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AnyadviceonapplyingforajobatGoogle?

A friend of mine recently told me about a Human Resources position that is currently open at Google. To be quite honest, I didn't realize Google recruited for positions besides for computer engineers and programmers. Anyways, I checked out the position's description and was instantly interested, and thought I would be a pretty good fit. Now, working at Google seems like a long shot and quite the reach, but I'm dreaming big here. Do you have any advice for me on how to stand out as an aplicant? 

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  • Celine Yan
    over 1 year ago

    Hey Ami! Working at Google has always been my biggest dream job since my sophomore year of high school, so I completely understand and resonate with what you said about the company being a long shot. However, I've done a lot of activities in the past which may help you stand out as a potential applicant! 


    I'm actually studying Computer Science and Design in college right now, so applying for a job will be much different than your experience. But, because Google is such a world-renowned company, it means that there are an incredible number of different positions that the company needs to have in order to have such an incredible impact across so many fields (i.e. advertisement, marketing, business, product, tech, and more). I'm not quite sure what the HR role would entail, but as Google puts it -- People Operations -- it would seem that the role will be mainly comprised of working with people, teams, and culture; these are some essential skills to have for applying to any of the PO roles Google offers: https://careers.google.com/fields-of-work/people/https://careers.google.com/fields-of-work/people/

    In my opinion, the number one thing that makes any applicant stand out is to have connections to people who are already employees and are in good standing to refer you. If your friend works at Google, then she can refer you, which will push your application to somewhere at the top of the stack. Of course, just because you may have a better chance of receiving an interview, it does not necessarily equate to a better chance of being accepted. Networking is a great way to boost your chances of getting your foot in the door but from there on out, you will have to rely on a strong background with past experiences, projects, and interpersonal skills, which will be presented to the company in the form of a one-page resume. During your interview, you will be asked behavioral questions (which you can Google online for examples), and about your resume. Just remember to sound confident, and believe in yourself when answering the interview questions; this will go a long way, and show the interviewer that you are a strong applicant who is confident in your ability to work with others and solve problems. 

    Other ways of getting your foot in the door is to research for opportunities in which Google employees or representatives will show up, so that you can have the chance to grow your network. Not only do you meet new people who can be potential points of reference, but you'll also learn a lot more about the role, narrow down your options, and hear what others' experiences are like. You can also leverage this information during your interview, which will make you stand out and show that you've done a lot of preparation and engagement beforehand. Some of the events mentioned include tours within the Google office and career fairs. 

    Hope you've gained some valuable insight from this info! Good luck in applying, and I hope you receive some good news! 

    Hey Ami! Working at Google has always been my biggest dream job since my sophomore year of high school, so I completely understand and resonate with what you said about the company being a long shot. However, I've done a lot of activities in the past which may help you stand out as a potential applicant! 


    I'm actually studying Computer Science and Design in college right now, so applying for a job will be much different than your experience. But, because Google is such a world-renowned company, it means that there are an incredible number of different positions that the company needs to have in order to have such an incredible impact across so many fields (i.e. advertisement, marketing, business, product, tech, and more). I'm not quite sure what the HR role would entail, but as Google puts it -- People Operations -- it would seem that the role will be mainly comprised of working with people, teams, and culture; these are some essential skills to have for applying to any of the PO roles Google offers: https://careers.google.com/fields-of-work/people/https://careers.google.com/fields-of-work/people/

    In my opinion, the number one thing that makes any applicant stand out is to have connections to people who are already employees and are in good standing to refer you. If your friend works at Google, then she can refer you, which will push your application to somewhere at the top of the stack. Of course, just because you may have a better chance of receiving an interview, it does not necessarily equate to a better chance of being accepted. Networking is a great way to boost your chances of getting your foot in the door but from there on out, you will have to rely on a strong background with past experiences, projects, and interpersonal skills, which will be presented to the company in the form of a one-page resume. During your interview, you will be asked behavioral questions (which you can Google online for examples), and about your resume. Just remember to sound confident, and believe in yourself when answering the interview questions; this will go a long way, and show the interviewer that you are a strong applicant who is confident in your ability to work with others and solve problems. 

    Other ways of getting your foot in the door is to research for opportunities in which Google employees or representatives will show up, so that you can have the chance to grow your network. Not only do you meet new people who can be potential points of reference, but you'll also learn a lot more about the role, narrow down your options, and hear what others' experiences are like. You can also leverage this information during your interview, which will make you stand out and show that you've done a lot of preparation and engagement beforehand. Some of the events mentioned include tours within the Google office and career fairs. 

    Hope you've gained some valuable insight from this info! Good luck in applying, and I hope you receive some good news! 

  • Ameris Jimenez
    Ameris Jimenez Mogul President at The University of Illinois
    over 1 year ago Champaign, IL, United States
  • Ameris Jimenez
    Ameris Jimenez Mogul President at The University of Illinois
    over 1 year ago Champaign, IL, United States

Trying to live my best life these days.

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