Posted May 24, 2007 9:39 am by with 2 comments

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Jeff Barr recalls the interview process he went through with Google – he didn’t join – and shares an email from a Google recruiter, outlining the laundry list of steps you need to do, just for the phone interview!

In preparation for your phone interview:

  • Familiarize yourself with the job description under Product Development.
  • Familiarize yourself with all of Google’s products (you will be asked both technical & business related questions)
  • Be prepared to answer Product Design / Analytical questions (be sure to think of the user when answering this question)
  • Conduct some searches (Google product manager)
  • Research our competitors

How badly do you want to work at Google?

  • How badly? Not very.

    A degree is an essential to working at Google I believe. I cannot imagine how painful it is for those who spent years earning their degrees only to end up sitting there approving AdWords ads all day.

    Fair enough, Google has some pretty smart people on board. I think however that they could have a lot more if they didn’t base their recruitment process on an algorithm.

  • I got through a few e-mail exchanges and stopped at the self-evaluation. The questions on the self-evaluation indicated to me that the job wasn’t right for what I was looking for. Not sure how long I would’ve stuck with it though if the opportunity was better.

    Still, I don’t fault Google’s approach. After all, if you really want to work there, you’ll be willing to prove it. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting to hire people with a lot of enthusiasm for the company.