How to land a job at Google

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Ever want to work at Google? Well, you could either A) check out The Internship, a film where Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson try to get jobs at Google, or B) read this New York Times interview with Laszlo Bock, who’s in charge of hiring at Google:

How to Get a Job at Google, Part 2 (nytimes.com)

Bock offers some interesting perspectives, not only on getting hired at Google but also on the value of a college degree. He advises prospective students not to go to college just for the sake of going. Instead, they should know what they want from their education to make the most of their investment:

“The first and most important thing is to be explicit and willful in making the decisions about what you want to get out of this investment in your education.” It’s a huge investment of time, effort and money and people should think “incredibly hard about what they’re getting in return.”

Last week, I featured a profile of a young woman who didn’t feel ready to go to college right out of high school. She wanted to take a year off to figure things out, but her parents pushed her to go straight to college; after graduating college, she felt confused and uncertain about her career.

Bock also advises students to choose an in-demand major, even if it means lower grades; he advised a student that “they are much better off being a B student in computer science than an A+ student in English because it signals a rigor in your thinking and a more challenging course load.”

(Despite this apparent knock on the English major, Bock still praises the liberal arts, calling them “phenomenally important.”)

Also featured in the interview is Bock’s advice on writing résumés and answering interview questions. This article is an insightful read for job-seekers — even those who aren’t looking to work for Google — as well as for college students who are determining what subject they wish to major in.

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About David

I'm an aspiring writer and filmmaker in my twenties. I also run a blog where twenty-somethings share their stories and advice on beginning a career in this economy. Check it out at http://twentysomethingsblog.com

Posted on June 12, 2014, in News & views and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hey David,

    Great post on being clear in your vision and why you want to work at a company and/or go to college..

    What are your thoughts on making the change if you realise that what you are doing is not right for you?

    • I’d say that you should make the change as soon as possible. It’s never easy to start over, but it’s better to make a change than to keep staying on a path that’s not working.

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