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Ryan Brunner has over ten years of experience recruiting, interviewing, and hiring candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.

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We consider research to be the backbone of what we do at Google. Do you think it's important to conduct research before beginning a project or would you rather jump right in?

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    We consider research to be the backbone of what we do at Google. Do you think it's important to conduct research before beginning a project or would you rather jump right in?

      How to Answer

      Talk to your interviewer about your work habits and the way in which you prefer to approach a new project. If you have a sense of how Google prefers to approach the work in the role that you are interviewing for, you should discuss that method. For instance, if your interviewer tells you that they prefer extensive research before beginning a project, that is your queue to talk about your excellent research skills. Carefully reading the job description prior to your interview will help you to answer this question.

      Ryan's Answer

      "I agree that research is the backbone of a strong project. Without it, important details are missed and a lot of time can be wasted. I like to research before starting a project so that I can lay out a plan and understand the potential hurdles that may come. I don't hesitate to talk with subject matter experts involved in the project."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Although there are some instances where jumping in right away may be required, I always prefer to research and learn as much as possible before I begin a project. Research can include reading materials and talking with others. If hired on your team at Google, I'd be curious to learn the best practices in the department for project work."

      1 Community Answer

      Anonymous Answer

      "I think it is prudent to do both. What I mean by this is, yes, you should research before you begin a project; however, you should not overdo it. Jumping in and getting a start is important and will reveal new elements to research throughout the project - elements you likely have yet to think about or understand."

      Rachelle's Answer

      True! Your answer brings excellent balance and showcases your critical thinking skills. Not everything has to be black and white, and you display that fact very well.

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