Dre’ Davis went from college to Google’s data center team

How did the application and interview process go for you?

I had several phone interviews with experienced technicians. I was still very new to this technical world and had little experience at this point, so I was a nervous wreck on every call. I was afraid that the person on the other end would hear a quaking kid rather than a student looking to get a foot in the door. 

However, with every call, I got a glimmer of hope when I heard the words, “Congrats, here are the next steps!” This process lasted a couple of months until I was finally presented with my offer and my inner panic finally subsided. 

What’s one thing you wish you could go back and tell yourself before applying?

The recruiters are on your side. We sometimes have the perception that the person standing between us and the opportunity wants to hinder us from getting there. Google does truly look for the best candidates, but they also are looking to help you as best they can. 

What  resources did you use to prepare for your interview?

How We Hire” on Google Careers is a great asset. It gave me so many tips that allowed me to be successful throughout the entire process, from applying to interviewing. Your recruiter will also be a great tool for you. From the time my recruiter messaged me on LinkedIn, they were top notch and made sure that all my needs were met and all questions were answered in a timely manner. 

Do you have any tips you’d like to share with aspiring Googlers?

Sometimes the only thing standing between you and success is fear. Be willing to step out and be courageous. Courage doesn’t mean you’re not scared; it means you’re terrified, but willing to take it on anyway.

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