Google VP: “You Can Anticipate 95% of All Interview Questions”

March 3rd, 2011 by lewis

Google VP of People Operations, Laszlo Bock, recently told students, “You can anticipate 95 percent of interview questions you’re going to get.”

Other excellent interview tips from his recent talk at Pomona College:

  • Practice. Says Bock, “Practice like heck. Practice how you interview, practice how you put your résumé together, and practice how you interact with people in these kinds of settings, because that’s going to be all the difference. The only way to get good at it is practice, and most people don’t do that.” Only 4% of job candidates do mock interviews.
  • Write down interview responses. When Bock looked for a summer job, he brainstormed 30 potential interview questions and wrote down three answers for each one.
  • Practice out loud. He practiced these answers until he had it ready. Not only were his answers polished, but he could also focus his mental energy to “how [interviewers] were reacting to my answer.”

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