Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Want to work at Google? Company's Lead Engineering Recruiter Shares Job Hunting Tips with SDM Students

Want to work at Google? Company's Lead Engineering Recruiter Shares Job Hunting Tips with SDM Students

By Lois Slavin and Kathryn O'Neill

Jeff Moore, a lead engineering recruiter for Google, recently had lunch with students in MIT's System Design and Management (SDM) Program and shared job hunting tips for those who want to work at Google. Moore also provided information on Google's entrepreneurial culture and how employees can develop and advance their careers there.
Approximately 30 SDM students attended the event at the MIT Faculty Club, which was organized by SDM's Director of Career Development Helen Trimble.
Here are some tips from Moore:
  • Get an internship. Google tends to hire students who have interned there.
  • Network and build relationships with Google employees. Google favors applicants recommended by staff who currently work at Google.
  • Do your homework. Use the Web to do your research and look at information on the Google hiring process posted by the company.
  • Review blog posts by those who have been interviewed, but don't believe everything you read.
  • Be prepared for a lengthy interview process - typically two phone interviews, one to two in-person interviews, as well as a thorough check of credentials.
Moore noted that Google is growing fast - it's gone from 5,000 employees to 25,000 in the past five years - and it's also rapidly evolving because the its needs and products are constantly changing. That said there are opportunities in everything from energy and sustainability to new product development.
"It's not like we're a one-trick pony," he said. For those who want to work at Google, "it's a place where being creative is OK."