A huge congratulations to Kelsey for securing herself a role at Google. Here she gives us some insights to how she found the application process and gives some great advice for those thinking of applying in the future.
Why did you choose this firm and this role?
I don't want to say that Google is Google, but it has a brand reputation for a good reason. It's dynamic and exciting company and it's got so much scope. I wanted to be apart of the infamous culture.
I chose this role because I'm, at heart, a people person. I like that idea of talking to business and small businesses and helping them, finding solutions to problems and catering to their needs. I have a small business myself and so can truly empathise.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
I may not be able to say much about the toughest part, but the length of the application process was quite surprising and they seemed to focus on candidates in terms of your character as well as your experience. They really focus on a work-life balance, and talk more about you than what your CV says.
My favourite part was definitely seeing the office. Seeing the wacky colours and ball pits. I particularly loved their European Head office in Dublin.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
The length of the process. How many stages. But I do understand why. They do want to make sure that you will be a good cultural fit. But it was quite crazy at times. Felt like as soon as one door closed another was opening in an endless loop.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
- Make sure your personality shines. Don't be too bogged down in your experience. They also want to know who you are
- Do your research. Get a hold of any and all resources you can get your hands on. I watched YouTube videos about their employees and read articles - it all helps.
- Know the role, not just the company. Very important. Know the team and what the roles involves as that's more important than just being a part of Google. It's not just about the company, it's about the team and intergrating into it.
What was the toughest question you faced at interview?
Can't really say but some questions they did ask I felt you just can't prepare for, and that is their way of testing that you can think on the spot, I believe.