The Google Recruitment Process TUESDAY, 14 JUNE 2016

Being one of the most recognisable brands in the world, landing a job at Google is a dream come true for thousands of individuals all over the world. With offices located in Europe, Asia, Latin America, as well as its home of North America, it’s a modern day institution. However with around one million CVs received each year, getting your foot in the door can be hard work.

The Google recruitment process is essentially made up of three steps – just like any other company; the application, an interview, and either an offer or rejection. However, priding themselves on hiring only the best people in the world, the process is much more thorough than what you might have come across before. In fact, it has been reported that in the past they have used up to 29 interviews before granting an offer. So what should you expect when applying for a job at Google?

The application

You’ve found the perfect job for you at Google. You meet all their criteria thanks to relevant experience and qualifications, so you decide now is the time to apply for the job. Unlike many large corporations, Google are actually interested in your CV. The first thing the application process prompts you to do is upload your resume – so this is the first real chance you have to impress. Making your CV look the best it can possibly be is a must. There are hundreds of websites offering you tips and tricks to get the perfect CV, but a good rule of thumb is, no longer than two sides of A4, include a short paragraph at the top explaining your skills and experience for the role in hand, and make sure you double check for spelling errors. Once you’ve uploaded your CV, there’s the standard questions about you, previous jobs and qualifications. Once you’ve gone through that and clicked ‘send’, it’s out of your hands.

The interview process

Once your CV is submitted, it will be put through a recruiter screen. This is where your CV is particularly important; technical requirements, education and experience will all be analysed to make sure you’re what they’re looking for. If you tick all the boxes, a phone screen will then take place. A recruiter will contact you, explain the process and let you know what to expect. Asking you a range of questions about your work experience and education will be high on the list, as will your telephone manner and ability to think on the spot.

If you’re lucky enough to get through to the physical interview stage, you will sit in front of a panel of four or five people and answer questions about you, your experience, as well as questions about the role. For example if you’ve applied for a technical role, you may be asked to solve a problem there and then. There has also been a lot of talk around the unorthodox questions asked by Google during interviews, so be prepared for a couple of those. Questions such as ‘A coin was flipped 1,000 times and there were 560 heads. Do you think the coin is biased?’ or ‘You have a colony on Mars that you want to communicate with. How do you build a system to communicate with them?’ Obviously these questions vary depending on the role applied for, but it’s always worth expecting the unexpected.

Post interview

Unless the general consensus around your interview is negative, all your documentation will then be put in front of a hiring committee. Made up of senior managers and directors, they see all potential candidates for vacancies, so are extremely experienced when it comes to selecting candidates. Once the committee has reviewed your application, an executive review must take place. Undertaken by senior level management, they review every offer to make sure every potential employee is right for the company. The compensation committee then takes over, determining the appropriate total compensation for the offer, before top executives look at the employment offer. They view all offers before they are extended to candidates in order to make sure they are happy with the final decision.

The offer

Once you’ve got through all that, you will receive an offer of employment in the form of a letter. Highlighting holidays, salary and pension schemes but to name a few, Google pride themselves on offering employees one of the best package schemes in the world.


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