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What You Need To Know About Landing A Job At Google Without A Computer Science Degree

You've heard that you need a degree to work at Google. In that case, you're not alone. Most people believe this too. But it's not true. Google doesn't require a degree to be one of their employees. In fact, only 15% of their employees have a computer science background! That means 85% of their employees do not have a computer science degree and instead come from different areas such as business, design, marketing, and many other industries. If you're interested in working at Google but don't have the right qualifications for the job, here are some ways to get your foot in the door.

How Google Recruits

Most of Google's employees don't have a computer science degree. Google's employees come from many different backgrounds and industries, including business, design, marketing, and more.

One great way to get your foot in the door is by participating in their internship programs. Internships at Google grants you experience in the company and allow you to see what working there would be like before making a long-term commitment. You can also apply through one of their opportunities pages on various sites or in person in an office near you.

Experience + Passion = Opportunity

Many of the people at Google have a passion for their work and a love for what they're doing. That's why experience is important.

Google looks for employees who have a strong understanding of their industry and a background that would be valuable to help them work with other teams on new projects. If you have a lot of experience in your field, that will show Google that you are knowledgeable and passionate about your work.

In addition to experience, Google also values creativity and innovation. They want people who have creative ideas for future projects as well as those who can execute those ideas. You don't need to have formal computer science training as long as you've been able to learn new things on your own or through experimentation.

Cover Letters and Resumes

The first step to getting your foot in the door is to submit a cover letter explaining why you are qualified for the job. For example, if you are applying for an engineering position, highlight your experience in the field.

Next, create a resume that highlights your skills and previous work experience. The goal of this document is to show Google what valuable contributions you could make to the company.

An important thing to remember when creating your resume is to use action words! Action words are verbs that show what you have done, not just what you know.

For example, say I worked at McDonald's for five years as a line cook. That sentence doesn't really tell much about my background or qualifications. But if I used action words like "managed" or "created," it would make me sound more experienced.

Here is a great article from theMuse about writing awesome cover letters

Preparing for an interview at Google

The best way to get a job at Google is the same as for any other company: apply.

To prepare for an interview, research the company and position you're applying for. Make sure you know what the company does and why it's a good place to work. You should also research the person interviewing you-their interests, experience, background, and qualifications.

In addition to preparing your resume and cover letter, practice answering interview questions in a confident manner. Practice will make you feel more comfortable during an interview and help you deliver better answers that show your skills and strengths.

Here are a few algorithm questions that you can practice

  • There is a list of numbers and a number k given. You have to return whether any two numbers from the list add up to make it equal to k practice online

  • Two arrays and an element x is given. Find the element that would be at the xth position of the final sorted array practice online

  • An array of integers and a number k are given, where 1 <= k <= length of the array. You have to return the maximum values of each subarray of length k practice online

Show interest in working at Google in the interview - Be enthusiastic !

Once the interview starts, ask questions about the company or position to show that you're genuinely interested in working there. Be sure to smile! The interviewer will notice if your smile seems forced or not genuine-and they'll be less likely to want to hire you because of it.

Before you go into an interview, be confident in yourself! Even if you don't have all the qualifications needed for the position, there are still things that set you apart from anyone else who doesn't have those right qualifications.


So, you want to work at Google? But you don't have a computer science degree. Don't fret! There are ways for you to get your foot in the door. Research the company, see what skills they need, learn those skills, prepare for an interview and most importantly APPLY!.

The good news is, provides handpicked selection of all sorts of data structures and algorithm questions, most of these questions have been asked in a real interview!.

I would suggest you create a free account at and start practicing your skills. You will be prepared in no time!..

No matter what you do, make sure you practice! You'll be happy you did when it's time for your interview.

Let me know what do you think? Can you land a job at Google with a degree? Let me know your comments. I would love to hear what you have to say!

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