As we move into the new year, it’s worth examining the technology jobs that Google is hiring for—as well as the skills it’s seeking from those technologists it brings aboard. For many job candidates, the prospect of working at Google is an exciting one, as the company is famous for its high compensation and top-shelf benefits; however, you need to have the right combination of abilities and experience if you want to make it through the interview rounds.
In order to discover the most popular technologist jobs at Google, we can turn to Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country. According to that data breakdown, the company has been hiring the following types of technologists over the past 90 days:
Of course, a company like Google is always on the lookout for talented engineers and developers, so it’s no surprise that such roles take the top slots. It’s also clear that there’s a powerful internal thirst for managers and analysts, which also isn’t a surprise—big, complex projects must be managed, and the enormous amounts of data generated by those projects must be analyzed for all possible insights.
When it comes to the top skills, it’s also clear that Google is looking for those who are well-versed in some very common technologies and programming languages, including Python, Java, and the principles of software development and project management. And that certainly makes sense; while the company also relies on small, more esoteric languages for some projects, the initiatives that demand the most engineers are likely those built upon more common languages such as Python.
What does this mean if you want to land a job at Google? As with any other tech company, knowing the fundamentals is always a good start. Google also places a premium on technologists who can approach problems in unique and creative ways; during the interview process, if you can describe times that you’ve overcome challenges in ways that made the rest of your team say “wow,” you’ll likely be in good shape.
Over the past few months, as the technology industry has wrestled with the fallout of COVID-19 and its associated economic effects, Google has placed a lot of emphasis internally on “resilience.” During the application and interview process, make sure to demonstrate how you’ve displayed “grit” in your previous positions; that may help you stand out in a very crowded field.