Students: Applying to Google
Ready to apply for an internship or a full-time job at Google? Here’s what you’ll need:
- An updated resume
- A transcript from your university (unofficial is fine)
- In some cases, a cover letter, short essay, or additional information listed in the job description
Focus on your resume
Your resume is the first piece of information we’ll see about you. Here’s how to highlight your achievements:
- Align your skills and experience with the internship or job description
- Be specific about projects you’ve worked on or managed. What was the outcome? How did you measure success?
- If you've had a leadership role in a volunteer organization or at a part-time job, tell us about it. How big was the team? What was the scope of your work?
- Include your GPA, as well as school-related projects or coursework that demonstrate relevant skills and knowledge
- Keep it short: Aim for one page. If there’s additional information we need during the hiring process, (like a portfolio), your recruiter will work with you to collect it
Prepare for the interview process
- Once you’ve submitted your application online, our staffing team will review your resume, transcript, and any supplementary materials
- The next step in the process is a series of interviews—which may be on the phone, via video conference, or in person—to assess your skills
- For technical interviews, practice coding on a whiteboard, in Google Docs, or over the phone. You can find sample coding questions on sites like CodeLab, Quora, and Stack Overflow. The book “Cracking the Coding Interview” is also a good resource
- Structure your interview answers: It’s important to show how you arrive at a solution, so think out loud
Helpful questions to think about as you prepare:
- How do you work best, both as an individual and as part of a team?
- What challenges have you faced at school or at work and how did you overcome them?
- Which of your skills or experiences would be assets in the role and why?
If you don’t understand a question, ask your interviewers for clarification and take the time you need with responses.
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Sample cover letter for Internship position at Google
Dear Hiring Manager,
Application for a placement at Software Engineering Winter Intern Program
I am a final year Computer Science student from XYZ and highly interested in your Software Engineering Intern program. Apart from world-class creative environment at Google, this program has deeply attracted me with challenging yet rewarding job scope. What’s more, the ideal match between requirements and my qualifications further built up my confidence in applying for this program.
Academically, my outstanding result, especially in mathematics and computer science courses, proved strong technical and analytical aptitude. On top of that, academic awards such as Dean’s List as well as intensive research and project experience further demonstrated solid learning ability and capability to work under pressure. What’s more, a completed Minor in Business enhanced my understanding on the landscape of a globalized world.
In addition, previous working experiences have polished my communication skills and sense of responsibility, which better suit me for this position. My internship team in ABC was in charge of one distributed worldwide real-time trading system, where I need to communicate and work seamlessly with colleagues from different region. Furthermore, I re-designed a trade-validation system to be more scalable and implemented part of it. As assistant manager in my summer job, part of my responsibilities was to ensure everyone understands the team goal and to motivate teammates at down times.
Together with my analytical and technical aptitude, learning ability and communication skills, I am confident that I will make a positive contribution to Google.
My resume is enclosed for your review. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. I would really appreciate an interview opportunity and look forward to hearing from you soon.
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