Welcome to the Evisors Webinar
Visit us online at www.evisors.com
How to Get that Job at Google – or
any Great Tech Compan...
About Gayle
 Author of The Google Resume and Cracking the
Coding Interview
 Founder/CEO, CareerCup.com
 MBA, The Wharto...
How to Get that Job at Google – or
any Great Tech Company
The Culture At Tech Firms
What Firms Looking For
How to Research...
Culture – As Amazing As It Sounds?
• Lots of perks!
• Innovative
• Brilliant coworkers
• Too engineering driven?
Google Zu...
But… firms differ
• Very engineering focused
• Lack of strong management
• Retail, not tech  thin margins
• Lack of consi...
What Are They Looking For?
What do tech companies look for?
• Intelligence
• Personality
• Communication
• Position-specific skills
• Passion for Tec...
Becoming a “Techie”
• CS / Engineering Major
• Work experience in tech
• Read about tech
• Explore tech
– Website / Blog /...
Building a Kick-Ass Resume
“Glanced at,”
not read.
15 – 30
seconds
1. Pull resume out of giant stack
2. Spot-check: company names,
positions, project...
Building a Resume (US)
• One page only
• Real resume template
• Accomplishment-oriented
– Quantify!
• Short 1 – 2 line bul...
How is tech “special”?
• Less rigid culture
more freedom to demonstrate strengths
• “Projects” or “Additional Experience”...
Researching the Industry
Researching the Industry
• Company Strategy / Future
• Product & Industry
• Passion / Excitement
Hosted by:See the rest at...
Company Strategy / Future
• Challenges:
– What are their biggest challenges? How would you
solve them?
• Success:
– Why is...
Know the Products & Industry
• Know two company products
• Know two industry products
• Understand:
– Business model
– Cha...
Passion / Excitement
• Find something that excites you!
– Crowdsourcing? Cloud infrastructure?
• Learn:
– History of field...
What They Ask in an Interview
Common Interview Questions
1. Behavioral Questions
2. Estimation Questions
3. Product Design Questions
4. Business Questio...
Behavioral Questions
Tell me about a time when you
had to influence a team.
Tell me about a time when you faced a
hostile ...
Great Responses to Behavioral Qs
• Answer the question you were asked
• Make you look awesome
• Show strong communication ...
Behavioral Qs: Preparation
1
Download grid at www.thegoogleresume.com
Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webin...
Behavioral Qs: S.A.R.
ituation
ction
esult
S
A
R
What was the issue?
What did you do about it?
What was the impact?
1
Host...
2
Estimation Questions
How many tennis balls
can fit in an SUV?
How much money does Gmail make
from ads every year?
How mu...
Estimation Qs: Why?
• Problem Solving / Intelligence
• Quantitative Skills
• Communication
2
Hosted by:See the rest at evi...
Estimation Qs: How to Approach
1. Ask questions to resolve ambiguity
2. Outline / Structure Your Approach
3. Break down th...
Estimation Qs: Example
2
How much money does Gmail make from ads every year?
Step 1: Ambiguous Information
• Just in the U...
Estimation Qs: Example
2
How much money does Gmail make from ads every year?
Step 2: Outline Your Approach
1. Estimate # o...
Estimation Qs: Example
2
How much money does Gmail make from ads every year?
Step 3: Break down components
Estimate # of G...
Estimation Qs: Example
2
How much money does Gmail make from ads every year?
Step 4: Validate Numbers
• Suppose you get US...
3
Product Design Questions
How would you design an
calculator for the blind?
Design an elevator for a building.
Pick a Goo...
Product Design Questions
• Evaluates:
– Communication
– Ability to understand the user
– Creativity
– Business instincts /...
Product Design Qs: Approach
1. Ask questions to resolve ambiguity
2. Understand the user
– Who is your target user?
– What...
Product Design Qs: Example
How would you design a calculator for the blind?
Step 1: Ask Questions
• Adults? Children? Prof...
Product Design Qs: Example
How would you design a calculator for the blind?
Step 2: Understand the User
• What’s important...
Product Design Qs: Example
How would you design a calculator for the blind?
Step 3: Structure
1. Make a list of essential ...
Business Questions
How would you introduce
YouTube to Turkey?
How would you calculate the price of
an Amazon Prime members...
4
Business Questions
• Heavy overlap with Product Design
• Where an MBA comes in handy
• The Approach:
1. Ask questions
2....
Business Questions
How would you price Amazon Prime membership?
Step 1: Ask Questions
• Who?
– Just for US users? Or world...
Business Questions
How would you price Amazon Prime membership?
Step 2: Outline a Structure
• Understand Priorities:
– Sho...
Business Questions
How would you price Amazon Prime membership?
Step 3: Solve Piece by Piece
Step (b): Financial Impact
• ...
The Curve Ball Question
• Remember: Questions come down to:
• So:
1. Ask questions
2. Structure the problem
3. Solve the p...
Review
To Review
• Learn 4 products inside & out
– 2 internal, 2 external
• Find something you’re passionate about
• Interview Pr...
Q&A
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0470927623
The Google Resume
How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at
Apple, Microsoft, ...
Questions & Answers
Question 1:
Are MBAs without engineering backgrounds
valuable at Google?
Hosted by:See the answer at e...
Questions & Answers
Question 2:
Are there jobs at Google that fit a candidate
with experience in supply chain
management?
...
Questions & Answers
Question 3:
Would it be interesting to Google if you
mentioned unique background experience
(Law for e...
Questions & Answers
Question 4:
If someone had a tech background in
consulting, does that count as a tech
background for G...
Questions & Answers
Question 5:
What are salary negotiations like with a big
tech company like Google?
Hosted by:See the a...
Questions & Answers
Question 6:
How do you get into international business
development/strategy with Google?
Hosted by:See...
Questions & Answers
Question 7:
What type of position is suitable for a
candidate who has extensive tech
experience and wa...
Questions & Answers
Question 8:
For someone who is entering the tech
industry for the first time, is it important to
land ...
Questions & Answers
Question 9:
What do you think has changed in the
desired recruit as compared to 5 years ago?
What qual...
Questions & Answers
Question 10:
Does academic achievement bear any
significance in a candidate’s application?
Hosted by:S...
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  1. 1. Welcome to the Evisors Webinar Visit us online at www.evisors.com How to Get that Job at Google – or any Great Tech Company featuring Gayle Laakmann McDowell Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  2. 2. About Gayle  Author of The Google Resume and Cracking the Coding Interview  Founder/CEO, CareerCup.com  MBA, The Wharton School  Software Engineer at Google, Apple and Microsoft  Member of Google Hiring Committee Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  3. 3. How to Get that Job at Google – or any Great Tech Company The Culture At Tech Firms What Firms Looking For How to Research the Industry What They Ask in the Interview Q&A Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  4. 4. Culture – As Amazing As It Sounds? • Lots of perks! • Innovative • Brilliant coworkers • Too engineering driven? Google Zurich Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  5. 5. But… firms differ • Very engineering focused • Lack of strong management • Retail, not tech  thin margins • Lack of consistent culture across groups • More “businessy” • Slower, more bureaucracy • “Fanboy” culture • Highly secretive – even internally Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  6. 6. What Are They Looking For?
  7. 7. What do tech companies look for? • Intelligence • Personality • Communication • Position-specific skills • Passion for Tech • Showing Initiative The things that set you apart Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  8. 8. Becoming a “Techie” • CS / Engineering Major • Work experience in tech • Read about tech • Explore tech – Website / Blog / Twitter – Explore Amazon S3, etc • Dive in – Learn to code – Launch a tech start-up Be more than “just another business person” See: codecademy.com Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  9. 9. Building a Kick-Ass Resume
  10. 10. “Glanced at,” not read. 15 – 30 seconds 1. Pull resume out of giant stack 2. Spot-check: company names, positions, projects, schools 3. Skim bullets to see if you’ve made an impact InterviewReject How We Review Resumes Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  11. 11. Building a Resume (US) • One page only • Real resume template • Accomplishment-oriented – Quantify! • Short 1 – 2 line bullets – Paragraphs will not be read Sample resumes available at www.TheGoogleResume.com Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  12. 12. How is tech “special”? • Less rigid culture more freedom to demonstrate strengths • “Projects” or “Additional Experience”? – “Side projects” / start-ups – Informal consulting roles • Technical Experience? – MS Office does not count. – List programming languages (if any) • What did you not include? Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  13. 13. Researching the Industry
  14. 14. Researching the Industry • Company Strategy / Future • Product & Industry • Passion / Excitement Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  15. 15. Company Strategy / Future • Challenges: – What are their biggest challenges? How would you solve them? • Success: – Why is this company successful (or not)? • Competition: – Who are their competitors? Who is better in which areas? • Predictions: – What do you predict will happen to this company in 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years? Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  16. 16. Know the Products & Industry • Know two company products • Know two industry products • Understand: – Business model – Challenges – Recent events – How would you improve it? Avoid the super famous products. Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  17. 17. Passion / Excitement • Find something that excites you! – Crowdsourcing? Cloud infrastructure? • Learn: – History of field? – Direction of field? – Leading companies / products? Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  18. 18. What They Ask in an Interview
  19. 19. Common Interview Questions 1. Behavioral Questions 2. Estimation Questions 3. Product Design Questions 4. Business Questions Don’t believe the “Impossible” Google questions online! Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  20. 20. Behavioral Questions Tell me about a time when you had to influence a team. Tell me about a time when you faced a hostile attitude from a coworker. Tell me about something you accomplished in an unexpected way. 1 Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  21. 21. Great Responses to Behavioral Qs • Answer the question you were asked • Make you look awesome • Show strong communication skills 1 Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  22. 22. Behavioral Qs: Preparation 1 Download grid at www.thegoogleresume.com Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  23. 23. Behavioral Qs: S.A.R. ituation ction esult S A R What was the issue? What did you do about it? What was the impact? 1 Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  24. 24. 2 Estimation Questions How many tennis balls can fit in an SUV? How much money does Gmail make from ads every year? How much do New Yorkers spend on electricity each year? Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  25. 25. Estimation Qs: Why? • Problem Solving / Intelligence • Quantitative Skills • Communication 2 Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  26. 26. Estimation Qs: How to Approach 1. Ask questions to resolve ambiguity 2. Outline / Structure Your Approach 3. Break down the components 4. Sanity Check 2 Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  27. 27. Estimation Qs: Example 2 How much money does Gmail make from ads every year? Step 1: Ambiguous Information • Just in the US? Or Worldwide? • Side and top ads? • Gmail only? Or include Google Apps? Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  28. 28. Estimation Qs: Example 2 How much money does Gmail make from ads every year? Step 2: Outline Your Approach 1. Estimate # of Gmail users 2. Estimate annual clicks 3. Estimate $ per click Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  29. 29. Estimation Qs: Example 2 How much money does Gmail make from ads every year? Step 3: Break down components Estimate # of Gmail users in the US 1. Assume 300 million people in the US. 2. Assume 80% of people use email 3. Assume 80% use a “major” email provider 4. Assume Gmail has 50% of the <35 market, but 20% of the >35 market … Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  30. 30. Estimation Qs: Example 2 How much money does Gmail make from ads every year? Step 4: Validate Numbers • Suppose you get US rev. = $5 billion. • No, because… – Google’s annual revenue is ~$30 billion – $16 / US citizen (not just gmail users) Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  31. 31. 3 Product Design Questions How would you design an calculator for the blind? Design an elevator for a building. Pick a Google product. How would you improve it? Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  32. 32. Product Design Questions • Evaluates: – Communication – Ability to understand the user – Creativity – Business instincts / skills 3 Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  33. 33. Product Design Qs: Approach 1. Ask questions to resolve ambiguity 2. Understand the user – Who is your target user? – What are their problems? – Know your market! 3. Structure the problem 3 Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  34. 34. Product Design Qs: Example How would you design a calculator for the blind? Step 1: Ask Questions • Adults? Children? Professionals? • Where are they using it? – School, work, etc 3 Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  35. 35. Product Design Qs: Example How would you design a calculator for the blind? Step 2: Understand the User • What’s important to a blind child? – Keeping up with the rest of the class – Not feeling “different” – Efficient input / output • What about teachers, parents, classmates, etc? 3 Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  36. 36. Product Design Qs: Example How would you design a calculator for the blind? Step 3: Structure 1. Make a list of essential features – Which functions do you support? – Input/output for blind? – Input/output for non-blind? 2. Design each component – Remember the needs of the users! 3 Be creative – but structured. Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  37. 37. Business Questions How would you introduce YouTube to Turkey? How would you calculate the price of an Amazon Prime membership? How would you determine which of two business ideas to pursue? 4 Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  38. 38. 4 Business Questions • Heavy overlap with Product Design • Where an MBA comes in handy • The Approach: 1. Ask questions 2. Outline a structure 3. Solve piece by piece Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  39. 39. Business Questions How would you price Amazon Prime membership? Step 1: Ask Questions • Who? – Just for US users? Or worldwide? • “Features” – What does Amazon Prime offer? • Price structure? – Single price point? Or promotions, tiered pricing, etc.? 4 Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  40. 40. Business Questions How would you price Amazon Prime membership? Step 2: Outline a Structure • Understand Priorities: – Short term vs. long term? – Barriers to entry for competitors? • Financial impact: – Short term – Long term • Evaluate potential price structures – Single price point – Tiered pricing 4 Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  41. 41. Business Questions How would you price Amazon Prime membership? Step 3: Solve Piece by Piece Step (b): Financial Impact • Short Term – Increase in purchases – Lost revenue from shipping fees • Long Term – Improve customer loyalty – Enhanced barriers to entry 4 Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  42. 42. The Curve Ball Question • Remember: Questions come down to: • So: 1. Ask questions 2. Structure the problem 3. Solve the pieces • Don’t rush yourself! when the question is something totally different… structure communication+ Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  43. 43. Review
  44. 44. To Review • Learn 4 products inside & out – 2 internal, 2 external • Find something you’re passionate about • Interview Preparation Grid • Practice, practice, practice! • Interview: Ask Questions -> Structure -> Solve Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  45. 45. Q&A http://www.amazon.com/dp/0470927623 The Google Resume How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or any Top Tech Company Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  46. 46. Questions & Answers Question 1: Are MBAs without engineering backgrounds valuable at Google? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  47. 47. Questions & Answers Question 2: Are there jobs at Google that fit a candidate with experience in supply chain management? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  48. 48. Questions & Answers Question 3: Would it be interesting to Google if you mentioned unique background experience (Law for example)? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  49. 49. Questions & Answers Question 4: If someone had a tech background in consulting, does that count as a tech background for Google? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  50. 50. Questions & Answers Question 5: What are salary negotiations like with a big tech company like Google? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  51. 51. Questions & Answers Question 6: How do you get into international business development/strategy with Google? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  52. 52. Questions & Answers Question 7: What type of position is suitable for a candidate who has extensive tech experience and was a former COO? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  53. 53. Questions & Answers Question 8: For someone who is entering the tech industry for the first time, is it important to land a job with a big company to establish creditability? Or should the candidate pursue a job at a startup company? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  54. 54. Questions & Answers Question 9: What do you think has changed in the desired recruit as compared to 5 years ago? What qualities would be most desirable in the next 5 years? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
  55. 55. Questions & Answers Question 10: Does academic achievement bear any significance in a candidate’s application? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/36
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