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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated September 25th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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How do you keep up-to-date on new technologies and trends in this industry?
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One way that a potential employer will gauge 'fit' is by ensuring that you are passionate about the tech industry. Show the interviewer that you are passionate about your industry by openly discussing how you stay on top of industry trends and news.
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1.
How do you keep up-to-date on new technologies and trends in this industry?
One way that a potential employer will gauge 'fit' is by ensuring that you are passionate about the tech industry. Show the interviewer that you are passionate about your industry by openly discussing how you stay on top of industry trends and news.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I keep up to date on new technologies and trends through a variety of sources. I follow blogs from industry leaders such as Elon Musk, Larry Page, and Guy Kawasaki. I also read multiple articles online per week related to Google news and releases."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I keep up on new trends in this industry by taking additional coursework online, whenever possible. I also follow a few of my favorite influencers on social media."
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"I have an application called flip-board, which lets me be up-to-date with the most relevant events every day on topics that interest me."
Rachelle's Answer
Flipboard is a great app - I use it too! What kind of topics and stories do you subscribe to? This will give the interviewer more perspective.
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2.
How long will it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our team?
The interviewer would like to know that you are prepared to contribute to their organization right away. If you were to be the successful candidate, when do you expect to make a viable contribution to the organization? Talk to the interviewer about your plan to create a fast impact. If you are interviewing for a sales role, it's a great idea to come to your interview prepared with a 90-day action plan.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am interested in making an impact on Google right away and have already crafted a plan to make that happen. I am a solid software engineering professional, and I plan to learn everything I can about your processes, right away. These actions should amount to a strong increase in activity for your department within the first few weeks of my onboarding."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Because I have worked for Bing for the past year, I suspect that my impact here will be immediate. I like to learn quickly and will be immersing myself in your training manuals the moment you give me the green light!"
3.
Have you read through Google's Technical Development Guide?
Google often foregoes the need for a traditional computer science degree for many of their tech positions. What they often look for is aptitude, and the hiring authorities at Google understand that this can be self-guided, or come in the form of online learning and other non-traditional technical coursework.

Take a good look through Google's Technical Development Guide. They have curated materials from a variety of sources, including Google, intended to complement your classwork or help you in your self-directed learning adventure.

With the Google Technical Development Guide, you can find education suggestions related to:

- Foundations of Programming
- Advanced Programming
- Machine Learning
- Cloud Computing

Discuss with the interviewer the path that interests you the most, and which coursework you have taken or are interested in completing, according to this particular guide.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I read through the Google Technical Development Guide and greatly appreciate the resources and recommendations related to Cloud Computing. The module that interested me most was the complete guide for 'Building Your Next Serverless Application.' It will take me some time to comb through every resource, but I am highly committed."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I understood the Technical Development Guide to be a tool for those seeking full-time employment with Google. I have completed and gone through every resource provided in your Foundations of Programming section of the guide. The information was beneficial, and I appreciate the tools and resources Google provided me. Thank you!"
4.
Google hosts hundreds of University outreach events to find top talent. How would you 'sell' Google to a talented graduate?
You may think that everyone wants to work for Google, but when it comes to the employment of recent grads, who display top talent in their field, the competition can be stiff. If you were at a University career fair, how would you sell Google? Keep your answer to the point, exciting, and full of fun facts related to working for Google.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"If I were to sell the idea of working for Google, I would sell the fact that once Google is on your resume, you are set for life. Google sets the stage not only for a successful career but it also changes the mindset of each employee, teaching people to perform at a level that few others tap into."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would sell Google by reminding them that working for Google is like winning the employment jackpot. Who wouldn't want to win that jackpot as their first move right out of University."
5.
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
The interviewer would like to know if you are satisfied with your interview performance. If your interview were a flop, you would know, and it's much better to address outright your performance than try to sweep it under the rug.

If you feel that your performance in the interview is going well: 'I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?'

If you feel that your performance in the interview is not going well: "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I feel confident about our discussion today and am looking forward to the next steps in the interview process."
6.
What is Google's company mission, and what does it mean to you?
We recommend that you memorize Google's famous company mission before your interview. However, going the extra step to understanding what it means, is also very important.

Google's mission statement is: 'To organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.'

Explain to the interviewer what this means to you. Be sure to express your excitement when it comes to joining them in their mission!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I know that Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. To me, this means that Google wants to empower everyone around the world with knowledge and resources. It's an incredible mission, and I look forward to being a part of it."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. To me, this means that Google wants to be the ultimate purveyor of information, making knowledge available to anyone who seeks it out."
7.
Google celebrates diversity. In which ways do you celebrate those different from you?
Diversity and inclusion are celebrated topics at Google, and the interviewer would like to know that you share this mindset. Google's annual diversity report is available online for your review. Some of the key points include:

- Extending D&I. Shared ownership in accelerating diversity & inclusion efforts.
- Increasing Transparency. Google publishes their detailed workforce data.
- Overarching Strategy. Their systematic approach includes four commitments: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Integrity.

Share with the interviewer the ways that you celebrate diversity and inclusion.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"As a visible minority myself, I make a conscious effort to include others in learning about my unique culture. Also, I am broad-minded with it comes to the needs and differences of others. Diversity to me is not simply a matter of culture but also of gender identity, age, and more. I am conscious of being sensitive to others in every action that I take in the workplace."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I appreciate the open and transparent effort that Google makes when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. I embrace those different from me and utilize those differences as learning opportunities. I am sensitive to the needs of others and empathetic to the fact that everyone walks a different path, whether that be related to gender identity, sexual orientation, heritage, and more."
8.
If you could pick a Google Doodle of the day, what would it be?
Are you aware of the background associated with the Google Doodle craze? The Google Doodle is a playful and temporary alteration of Google's logo on their website's homepage. The Doodle is often associated with holidays or special events. Google introduced the very first Doodle in 1998 for the Burning Man festival.

Google has a great time with their Doodles, even deploying a team of employees called the Doodlers, to create these illustrations. Have some fun with this question!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"If I could create a Google Doodle of the day, I would create one for National Donut Day - my favorite fun holiday. Who doesn't love donuts? I would make the O's' in Google delicious looking pastry creations."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"This is a fun question! If I could create a Google Doodle, I would make one that reminded people of National Volunteer Day, which is September 21st. The Doodle could portray people all over the world, helping each other out."
9.
What do you work on, in your spare time?
The interviewer would like to hear more about the interests that keep you occupied, outside of your work. There is no wrong or right response to this question; however, you want to ensure that you are insightful and show an interest in activities that will resonate with Google and their culture. You could mention volunteer time, family events, books that you like to read, or ways that you enjoy further educating yourself.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my spare time, I love to read books on how technology shapes our lives and the future of business. I also spend time with my kids and am a volunteer little league coach. I am usually on the go and thoroughly enjoy being an active part of my community."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I spend a lot of hours as a volunteer, outside of work hours. It's important to me to give back to those around me so I will work at the drop-in center every Saturday morning, serving breakfast to the less fortunate. Also, I enjoy outdoor activities such as mountain climbing and kayaking."
10.
Tell me one way you want to make an impact on the world.
Google is well known for its philanthropic efforts. Sundar Pichai, the Google CEO, has announced a 5-year plan towards $1 billion in grants and 1 million employee volunteer hours.

'Data-driven, human-focused philanthropy - Powered by Google' is the phrase when it comes to these charitable initiatives. Google is committed to 'creating a world that works for everyone.'

Some of Google's efforts include:

- Translating books for students
- Khan Academy
- Code for America
- The Equal Justice Initiative

The interviewer would like to know how you dream of making an impact on the world as well.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"One way that I already make an impact is by starting with my local community. I volunteer as a reader in our local elementary school, and I also teach kids coding camps at the local community college during the summer months. It feels great to help people and step out into the community."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would like to help with Google's plan to provide 1 million employee volunteer hours over the next five years. It's vital that we give to those less fortunate than ourselves. I truly believe that and look forward to joining your cause."
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