As if we didn’t already know that Google is a tantalizingly cool place to work (think the upbeat, quirky-charming genius kid of Silicon Valley). Last fall's Google Info Session brought the colorful tech icon to a Wilson classroom packed with WIB members and newcomers alike. The info session, co-hosted by Women in Business and Lean In @ Brown, featured tips from Google University Relations representative Exie Huntington on how to get hired by a company that’s challenging the boundaries of technology every day.
Whether you missed the presentation (or you just want to re-live the Exie experience), we’ve rounded up six takeaways from her presentation:
In addition to the infamous Google sleep pods, Google employees also have access to financial advice, mental health counseling, and diversity and special-interest groups.
Exie says, “You can bring your whole self into the workplace.”
Even when interviewing for a “laid-back” tech company, your interview is a professional situation and should be observed as one. Most of all, speak with dignity: Instead of disparaging, take an opportunity to show, in objective terms, how you overcame that tyrannical past boss. Keep it smart, and keep it classy.
They’re often the last thing employers look at in your application. This makes your resume all the more critical, especially considering Google receives 5,000 resumes per day.
So how’s an accomplished phe to present one crucial page of information? “Imagine if your resume was on fire,” Exie advises, “What would you save?”
During one of the middle phases of her application process, Exie was called into a Google office building, expecting an in-person interview… and found herself face-to-screen with a G-chat. Prepare for anything but the notorious brainteasers, which Google no longer asks.
It’s also important to know your limits. Called by an interviewer while you’re caught in the J. Walter Wilson mailroom rush? It is definitely okay to apologize and ask to reschedule.
I’m applying to Google, but I’m a [non-tech/irrelevant/sad] concentrator? How many times do we tell ourselves that we aren’t qualified? The world would benefit from hearing, I’m applying Google, and I have this unique, valuable experience to offer.
You only have so much time to present yourself. Treat every interaction like an interview, and don’t waste a second presenting yourself as anything less than you’re worth.
Will you never look at a search engine the same way again? Great! Not crazy about the Googleyness? That’s cool, too. A lot of Exie’s advice is universally constructive, especially about being our own worst intimidators.
And you can take that straight to whatever tantalizingly cool industry catches your attention.