What Does It Take To Get A Job At Google Revisited
Written by Sue Gee
Monday, 26 May 2014
Landing a job at Google is the stuff of dreams for many developers. True the odds are against you, as shown in this infographic from recruitment platform Staff.com. However, knowing what Google is looking for could help.
Google has a good reputation as an employer. In a survey conducted by Glassdoor last year Google came second in the list of Best Paying Companies for Software Engineers with an average base salary of $124,520. For the last two years Google has come sixth in Glassdoor's Best Tech Place to Work ranking, with its employees frequently referring to its "fantastic perks" in their reviews of the company.
Back in 2011 we explored the question "What does it take to get a job at Google?" with an infographic that looked at the multi-stage process of getting hired, not just by Google but by any of the top flight tech companies. Now Staff.com has sent us this infographic which indicates just how a tough a challenge landing a job at Google is - with just 1 in 130 applicants being successful at the end of a process that takes on average 37 days to complete with about 5 interviews.
The infographic also highlights some of the qualities that Google's recuiters are looking for. It seems that brain teasers have been deprecated as a tool for identifying suitable candidates. Instead Google is looking for "T-shaped people" - those who combine deep expertise in a specific area with broad knowledge across a lot of others - and appears to be more interested in those with the ability to learn rather than IQ.
It also values "Emergent Leadership" which means taking charge in situations that need somebody to, but being prepared to listen rather than taking center stage or riding roughshod over the ideas of other people.
The infographic also suggests that you don't necessarily need to have a college degree to land a job at Google. Around 14% of employees don't have an academic background. On the other hand a recent infographic on Wired shows that Stanford and UC Berkeley between them account for a sizable number (around 3,500) of Google employees and that Microsoft is the top feeder company for Google.