Who doesn’t want to work for Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook? They are, after all, the world’s most desired employers.
However, getting into these top notch companies isn’t as easy as we would want.
Or so we have been told.
Laszlo Bock, the guy in charge of hiring for Google, just disclosed to the New York Times the five most important qualities his company seeks in potential candidates.
Surprisingly, they aren’t as complicated or difficult to posses as legend would have it.
Try taking the following quiz and find out if you have what it takes to work for a tech giant:
Are you an expert?
If you know a lot about something and you consider yourself a specialist, then you’re not the one.
“The expert will go: 'I've seen this 100 times before; here's what you do,’" Bock told the Times.
Big companies need people who can come up with a variety of answers and new ways to solve a problem instead of just coming up with a solution they know they can find through their previous experiences.
Expertise is the least important things these guys want.
Have you been successful in everything all your life?
If you have never experienced failure then you’re not what these companies are looking for.
Humility, or to be more specific, intellectual humility – the readiness to face adversity – is something that Google looks for in a candidate.
“Without humility, you are unable to learn.Successful bright people rarely experience failure, and so they don’t learn how to learn from that failure,” Bock stated.
Are you responsible? Can you own it?
If you can’t own your work then don’t think about applying. According to Bock, stepping in to try to solve any problem is essential.
“It’s feeling the sense of responsibility, the sense of ownership,” he said.
Have you always been a leader?
If you’re one of those bossy, tyrannical leaders of the club then do not bother to send in that application. However, if you’re good at handling and leading people in crisis then you may slide that envelope in the red letterbox.
“Leadership — in particular emergent leadership as opposed to traditional leadership” is important.
Is your I.Q. higher than Albert Einstein’s?
Is it now? That’s impressive.
But just don’t think of applying to Google.
If there is anything big companies what in their prospective employees – more than grades, high I.Q. or any of the aforementioned qualities – it’s the ability and willingness to learn.
“The No. 1 thing we look for is general cognitive ability, and it’s not I.Q. It’s learning ability. It’s the ability to process on the fly,” Bock said.
So, how well did you score on the quiz? If you got all the answers right then congratulations, you may now apply for a job at your most desired company.
Just make sure you’re good at mathematics. It still counts.