Recently Google CEO Sundar Pichai became the CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company. A humbled Pichai took to Twitter to thank Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin for having faith in his abilities.
He was all praise for Page and Brin for providing a strong foundation and expressed his excitement over Alphabet’s long term focus on tackling big challenges through technology.’
But did you know how Pichai began his journey at one of the biggest multinational technology companies out there?
Here’s how Sundar Pichai landed a job in Google.
Now, if tech is your area of interest, you must be aware that landing a job at Google is no child’s play. Pichai had to make it through 5 interviews before he was hired.
And to add to his confusion, all this happened on 1st April – April Fools Day!
The year 2004. Smartphones weren’t really in the picture. Google had just announced its Gmail service.
This is when Pichai tried for a job at the company.
Two years ago, talking about his interview at IIT Kharagpur, he said “I interviewed at Google on April 1, 2004, which is April Fools Day. Google had just announced Gmail and it was invite-only at that time but people weren’t exactly sure whether it was just an April Fools joke.”
He told the students that the first three interviews were rather confusing as he was asked about what he had to say about Gmail. Not only he couldn’t come up with an apt reply (as he had never used it), he thought it was a joke!
Come round 4 and he was asked the same question, “Have you seen Gmail?” to which he replied, “No.” Luckily, he was not eliminated. On the contrary, he was shown what Gmail was all about.
This helped Pichai ace the fifth interview. He was asked about Gmail once again and this time he had the perfect answer. He told the interviewer what he thought about the product as well as how, in his opinion, it could be improved.
Here lies a very important lesson for all the job aspirants who are looking forward to landing their dream jobs!
You cannot fool the interviewers by long and illogical answers. The interview process is a learning experience and honesty always takes you forward.
Here’s a video of Pichai’s speech at IIT Kharagpur: