Getting a job at Google or a hot startup like Facebook can be a painful process.
- An Ivy League degree
- A 4.0 GPA (even if you’re in your 30s)
- The ability to answer inane interview questions.
- An ardent desire to bring about world peace through a search engine or a social network. (Or the ability to fake one.)
- And, you know, complete and utter competence at the job.
Facebook engineers seem particularly hard to please. Consider this anecdote posted to Glassdoor.com by a former job applicant:
I had one on campus interview, a follow up phone interview and then an on-site interview at their HQ in downtown Palo Alto. HR did a fantastic job with coordinating the interview day but the engineers that interviewed me were on their cell phones and did not seem interested in conducting a comprehensive interview. Every interviewer started off with “Why Facebook?” and asked an algorithm and design question. I realised later that almost all the programming questions I was asked were pulled DIRECTLY from “Programming Interviews Exposed”.
Painful. So why are they such coveted jobs? Maybe it has something to do with…