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The top 4 skills Google and Facebook look for in job candidates

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Google gets somewhere around 2 million applications per year. They hire 5 to 8000 people each year.


Facebook gets around a quarter million applications per year. Currently Facebook has over 36,000 employees (as of March 2019), up from 22000 in March ‘17.


So how does one get in the door at one of these? Here are skill sets and qualities that the largest and coolest companies are looking for. If you have these skill sets there’s a very good chance you’ll get hired at one of these companies.

Willing to take risks

Taking risks, is the only way you can achieve large and unique goals, especially in your career. Facebook and Google want people that are willing to take risks and challenge the status quo.


How to prepare:

Maybe you haven’t taken a lot of risks in your career.. Here’s what you can do:

  • At your current job, take on a small task that you may or may not be able to complete at your current skill level.  
  • Rely on your intuitive capabilities to find solutions, lobby the right help and complete the task.
  • Continue to do this over and over again and each time allow the task to get bigger and bigger.

Intense curiosity

Google wants to hire people with emergent leadership ability, cognitive skills and intense curiosity. Basically, what is your capacity to learn, and do you like to learn? Well that might appear to sound like an on the surface question, it is an essential skill set because it’s the only way big companies and big teams can innovate.


How to prepare:

Ask yourself the following at the end of every single workday: “What have I learned today? Am I continuing to learn something new? Is there anything I could’ve done to improve the situation today?”


Be Data Driven

One of the biggest mistakes that junior job candidates make in the interview process is they tell a story when I asked a question. For example, if an interviewer says “tell me about yourself.“ A junior candidate might say, “ well I was born in Albuquerque New Mexico, I’m one of six kids. I like shooting pool on the weekends.” Etc, etc..


Believe it or not, that’s not what the hiring manager wants to hear. The hiring manager wants to hear everything about you that is relevant to the job opportunity. Give examples of things you’ve accomplished, accolades and achievements that are backed up by DATA.


How to prepare:

  • Write down all the examples that come to mind where you’ve achieve something notable, that’s relevant to the position you’re interviewing for.
  • Keep these examples at the forefront of your mind so that when you are in the interview chair you can recite them to the hiring manager.

Authenticity.

A big part of displaying authenticity is showing that you are comfortable in your own skin. Simply put, just be yourself. Keep your mind at peace. Be calm. Does this mean you should or should not wear a suit to an interview? Here is the best way to answer that question: dress in a professional way that showcases the best version of yourself. When someone feels that you’re putting on a show or a façade, they won’t trust you.


How to prepare:

  • Get plenty of sleep the night before.
  • Give yourself plenty of time and make sure you are on site or nearby 30 minutes prior to the interview.
  • Walk in the door five minutes or so before the scheduled interview.
  • Wear clothes that fit well AND look good. Don’t make the mistake of wearing clothes that look good but don’t fit comfortably. This will throw off your whole demeanor and could cause you to give a false impression of yourself.

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