Apple, Google and Microsoft all have vacancies on their websites and now could be the perfect time to land a job at one of computing biggest hitters. Landing a job at a tech giant like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google (also known as the FAAGM companies) or Microsoft might seem like a dream.
Four of the top five most popular companies Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have been the scald of corporate America, admired for their size, influence and remarkable growth. Walt Disney was the only non-tech company to crack the top five. But beyond the big names, tech companies didn’t get as much love as you might expect. Netflix, IBM, Intel, and YouTube (which is owned by Google) all showed up in the top 30 most admired employers.
But what does it take to beat off hundreds, if not thousands, of fellow applicants and land a job at one of the tech elite? We’ve talked to people inside Microsoft, Apple and Google to discover how to track down the best jobs, and what it takes to get through the arduous selection and interview processes.
Who are they looking for?
Nobody will be surprised to learn that the tech giants have a huge pool of talent to pick from. Microsoft UK, for example, says it will receive some 2,000 applications for its graduate jobs program, with only 12 or 13 places up for grabs. “We can afford to be picky,” one Microsoft recruitment official told PC Pro. “If you get to an interview stage with Google, you’re doing very well,” added Google’s Parrin.
Yet, it isn’t only technical acumen that the companies are looking for: hiring managers are trying to find candidates that fit the company’s cultural identity. According to Microsoft director Tim Sneath, the cliché of “marry in haste, repent at leisure” works almost as well for job vacancies as it does for romantic partnerships.
A candidate that fits perfectly in one company could be a bad match for another. “Google is generally looking for ‘budding entrepreneurs’,” said HR expert and business consultant, Marc Lawn. “Microsoft is generally looking for solid academics, while Apple tends to look for a balance between the two. If you think about analogous businesses, then Microsoft is very similar to a Barclays, Google is like Innocent Drinks, and Apple like Coca-Cola.”
Google and Facebook are most reliant on data and control a sizable chunk of our personal data. Their survival would be in threat surely because they deal with an extremely important resource.
Given the importance of the data and how governments are elected/toppled with it, there will be increasing regulations in the next few years. The data is too important for its power to be ignored by the aisle. Think of what happened to them in China.
THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Facebook appeals to the heart. Feeling loved is the key to well-being. Studies of kids in Romanian orphanages who had stunted physical and mental development found that the delay was due not to poor nutrition, as suspected, but to lack of human affection. Yet one of the traits of our species is that we need to love nearly as much as we need to be loved. Susan Pinker, a developmental psychologist, studied the Italian island of Sardinia, where centenarians are six times as common as they are on mainland Italy and ten times as common as in North America. Pinker discovered that among genetic and lifestyle factors, the Sardinians’ emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions is the key to their super longevity. Other studies have also found that the deciding factor in longevity isn’t genetics but lifestyle, especially the strength of our social bonds.
Compared to Google and Facebook, what Microsoft and Apple produce is fairly less important to society. You can easily live without an iPhone. Thus, there will be less pressure on them. Microsoft is a tough nut to crack. It survives the great firewall of China – something other US companies have not been able to do. It creates something important, but not too important.The first port of call when casing a job at IT heavyweights is their websites. All three list available posts online, with options for submitting CVs and cover letters for specific roles.
Microsoft says it generally advertises only full-time posts on its careers site, “because otherwise we’d be inundated, and there are only so many CVs we can sift through”.
However, specific roles with rare skills occasionally appear with specialist recruitment agencies. Full-time technical jobs are sourced on-site, through a department run by recruitment agency Penna Barkers. Temporary and contract positions are handled by the Brook Street agency, while sales positions are filled through Manpower. In a bid to improve diversity, Microsoft also places roles on special-interest websites, such as women’s job sites Working Mums and Women in Technology.