How You Can Be Google’s Sweetheart this Valentine’s Day and Get the Job You’ll Love

February 13th, 2011 by lewis

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. If you’re applying for jobs at Google, how do you standout from the 75,000 people who apply to Google Jobs every week? Be one of the few who will join Google this year. If you want to be Google’s Valentine, here are five clever ways to win any Google interviewer’s heart.

Create your own job audition
Actions speak louder than words. Why talk about how would you do the job when you can show how you’ve already done the job. For instance, if you’re a developer, there’s nothing that says “I love Google” than spending your free time building new applications using the Google API. If you’re a sales or marketing person, take some time to build a pitch deck for your favorite Google product. This will be a great way to showcase your work in an actual project situation. And the interviewer will be impressed by your passion, enthusiasm, and excitement.

Read distinctively
Most candidates do their research and read about the companies they’re interviewing at. But the best candidates, they read distinctively. That is, the read materials that give them an unique insight edge. For example, if you’re a product manager, get familiar with Google’s user experience principles. If you’re a developer, you should read technical papers of Google’s top technologies, such as MapReduce and the Google File System. If you’re a business person, learn about Google’s strategic challenges by reading Google’s annual report.

Visit the Google office
If you have friends who work at Google, visit the Google office to get a glimpse of what Google is and who they are. You’ll get a chance to ask questions and see the Google culture.

Talk to Google employees and alums
At the job interview, you’ll likely encounter questions such as “Why do you want to work for Google?” and “Why are you interested in this position?” To answer effectively, you need to learn more about the positions. In addition to the Google jobs website, talk to Google employees. They can cover any unanswered questions and give you an insider’s perspective. Former Google employees are more likely to speak frankly about what they like and don’t like about the company. LinkedIn is a great way to find Google contacts.

Use and understand Google products creatively
For a product focused company, Google loves candidates who know Google’s products well. Take time to use and understand them. Not only find out what they are, but also understand what the benefits are. Have a perspective on what you like and don’t like about the products. And if you’re truly committed, find a creative way to use Google products like the video below.

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