Last night, out of the blue, I got an email from Google saying that they have received my resume, but due to the incredibly high caliber of individuals Google aim to bring on board at Google, a few questions were to be answered in order to help them to determine if a phone interview shall be granted.
First of all, I thought Google only consider internal referrals only; like Genetech, the other place I had two interviews with already. So it was a pleasant surprise to get an email from Google.
Then I saw the three questions:
- Why are you interested in working at Google?
- Do you know anybody who works at Google?
- What was your college GPA?
I can totally understand the first question; but the second and third? By knowing someone in Google would help me to get an interview? or the other way? And what`s up with the GPA? Why not SAT scores, too?
Then I read an article on CNN, which Google, of course, was mentioned as it won the title of Forbes #1 best company to work for in 2007. In the article it actually stated that Google would not consider anyone below 3.7 GPA. And it also said that "if you had a few "B"s, you should better have a good explaination for it during your interview."
Well, I went to college in England so there was no GPA to begin with. So I gave them what we had there. At the same time I was thinking about this interesting conversation I had with one of the managers at Genentech the other day about how people nowaday prefer to be street smart over book smart. He mentioned about this show on TV where they paired up a geek (as the term he used) and a beauty pageant (something like that) to get some tasks done. He really expressed his disappointment how the `geeks` handle most of the tasks.
(Interesting interview, I must say!)
I`d really like to push for an interview at Google - at least to visit one of their famous gourmet restaurants they`ve been braggin` about. And for that, I held back on saying that I know a lot of great entreprenuers out there with below 3.7 GPA.
What`s your opinion on this GPA thing?
If you were going to hire employees, what kind of questions would you ask?
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