How I Got Into Google With No Tech Background, Part 4

This is Part 4 of a series on how I got into Google as a first generation college grad with no tech background and almost no connections. If you haven’t already, read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 before proceeding.

At first, I was demoralized by Google saying they needed to interview more candidates.

It felt like the hiring version of your crush calling you a great friend. (“We like you –– really, you’ve interviewed great, but we need to let some other people catch up.”)

So when Punit (the recruiter) told me about a different position Google thought I might be good for, I said: “hell yeah, let’s talk.”

The way I looked at it, this would double my chances of getting hired by Google, which was my only real goal.

In fact, this other position was a lot less technical, and seemed to be more up my alley.

The role was in their Rich Media division.

The hiring manager was a woman named Jen who I had not yet met.

When our call was scheduled for 6pm on March 11th, I remember thinking: “Shit, they work hard over there!”

(At American Express, we mostly left at five, and here this woman was about to interview me from her office until seven. With no indication that this was unusual.)

Jen was friendly and asked me a lot of questions about my management style –– a topic that Anant and Lindy had only somewhat touched on. 

Now, the fact was, I had been a manager for a few years at American Express. But only on small, co-located teams. At Google, I would be expected to manage 1) a lot more people 2) all over the globe. 

What really helped me in this interview was my psychology degree, which has endless applications to leadership.

She and I connected over growing and developing people and different ways of thinking about doing that.

I had plenty of management stories from American Express to share, which I think demonstrated to Jen that I could successfully lead a large team.

Our call ran for an hour or so. Now that I think about it, it flew by. It was one of those conversations where the good vibes flowed from beginning to end. 

I hung up feeling optimistic and sent her a thank-you note the next day. 

(Interestingly, I’m still friends with a lot of the people I interviewed with at Google. Jen is one of them.)

Yet this was still far from the end of my hiring journey.

Just when I was feeling good, another roadblock popped up:

Punit said my next interview wouldn’t be until March 28th.


It was March 17th when Punit emailed me the news. And hearing that it would now be eleven more days before anything happened was a real drag.

The good news was: Jen rated me well, and I was definitely still in play for some role at Google. 

On top of that, my next interview was set to be in-person at their NYC office.

I’ll break that one down in Part 5.

(Spoiler alert: I overdressed!)