Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Google job interview tips

Google wants to interview me!

I just got an invitation to interview for a job at Google Inc. Evidently, I’m among the “best and the brightest”, cool:

“I was extremely impressed with your skills and background.

I wanted to contact you to see if you were interested in exploring some career opportunities here with us at Google.

We are looking for the best and the brightest, and we are hiring for a number of positions all over the country and even the world.”

I hear that Google is one of the best places to work in the world. CNN says that Google is the best place to work in the whole world:

“Shooting straight to the top in its first appearance on our list, the Best Company to Work For in America sets the standard for Silicon Valley and beyond. . .

Our new No. 1 sets the standard for Silicon Valley: free meals, swimming spa, and free doctors onsite. Engineers can spend 20% of time on independent projects.

No wonder Google gets 1,300 résumés a day.”

The food at Google's 11 cafeterias on its Mountain View, Calif., campus is not only fabulous, it's free.

"It's a typical Wednesday morning breakfast in Slice Café: house-baked spelt bread french toast drizzled with ginger Infused maple syrup and topped with caramelized pinata apples, served with hot coconut-masala muesli, coco-berry granola and crimson gold heirloom apples."

Google has one of the world's hardest job interviews, and the ability to over-generalize and simplify complex concepts with analogies is a critical skill for any Guru, a skill highly-prized by Google.

Check-out the Google job interview questions where job candidates must explain computer concepts to a hypothetical 8 year-old:

Q: "Explain a database in three sentences to your eight-year-old nephew."

I’m flattered . . . .