Google’s hiring process is an important part of our culture. Googlers care deeply about their teams and the people who make them up. Also they care about building a more representative and inclusive workplace, and that begins with hiring. In order to truly build for everyone.

Have you ever discovered you’re good at something you’re not passionate about? Many of us have. This may be a result of the work you like to do, or it may be something you’ve had to get good at because of a previous project or role. The more skills you have the better but it’s hard to build a fulfilling career on something that doesn’t excite you. Before you start applying, take some time to ask yourself a few of these questions:

  • What is something you learned that made everything that came after easier?
  • Have more of your achievements come as a result of solitary effort or teamwork?
  • What do you enjoy more, solving problems or pushing the discussion forward?
  • What is the most rewarding job you’ve ever had? Why?
  • Describe the best team you ever worked with. What made that experience stand out?

Now, sit with your history for a moment. Consider all the best, most rewarding elements of your experience, and let them come together to create a picture of where you want to go next in your career.

Why the visualization exercise? Your skills, interests, and goals are the result of your life, your experiences, your triumphs, and your failures. If we hire you based on your skills, we’ll get a skilled employee. If we hire you based on your skills, and your enduring passions, and your distinct experiences and perspectives. That’s what we want.

The goal is for you to feel like you know us a bit better, and that you’ve got enough information to feel like you’re applying for the right jobs.

You should now have a better sense of who we are and what part of the company and role seems like the best match for where you want to go.

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