Landing a Job at Google

Monday, March 19, 2018 at 1am

Today’s MBA students are having a tech industry love-in. Among MBA students based in the US, three out of the top-five most desired companies to work for are technology firms—according to a  report by Universum. Google tops the list.

Luckily, the feeling’s mutual. Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, and Google are hiring more MBA students year-on-year.

When Itamar Snir left Israel to pursue an MBA in the US, he did so because most of the world’s leading tech firms are American.

After four years in the Israeli Defense Forces and four years working in machine learning and big data analytics at Intel in Tel Aviv, he decided to wanted to try something new—to extend beyond the technical into the business side of tech.

He moved with his wife to New York and enrolled on the full-time MBA program at NYU Stern. Out of NYU Stern’s MBA class of 2016, 92% accepted job offers within three months of graduation. 76% of those were facilitated by the school; 46% came out of an internship.

When, after his first year, Itamar landed a 12-week summer internship at Google’s Mountain View, California HQ, he knew there was a good chance he’d get a full-time job out of it. And he was proved right—he got the call from Google in September, a full year before graduation.

Now, he’s a product manager at Google in New York, working on Google’s core product—its search engine, used on average 3.5 billion times each day.

Itamar’s MBA experience in the US has changed his life in more ways than one—his wife gave birth to his first child during his last semester. That aside, if he was to highlight one stand-out experience from his MBA, it would be the class trip to Las Vegas where, for a week, he got behind-the-scenes access to life and business logistics in Sin City.

BusinessBecause—a leading business school and MBA news platform—caught up with Itamar to find out more...

How did the job at Google come about?
Itamar Snir discusses how his internship at Google while at NYU Stern helped land a full-time position I followed the traditional on-campus recruiting path. Many employers are interested in hiring NYU Stern grads—Amazon, IBM, Google, all those companies come to recruit on campus.

Even before the orientation started, the school had a welcome day for international students, explaining how the US differs from other countries; how you should network, and apply for jobs. There was a lot of support—from professors, alums, and second-year students—throughout the entire recruitment process.

What does Google look for in its MBA job applicants?
When most people think Google, they think: cool office, free food, and lots of perks. And it’s true; we have all that! The culture in Google is very laid back and transparent—people are really open. So, be yourself; don’t try too hard to impress. Be frank and honest about what you want.

For some roles, a technical background can help. One of the things NYU Stern is doing is offering coding classes for people without a technical background. If you can showcase skills like that, that can be a real help.

What advice do you have for international MBA students looking to start new careers in the US?
Number one: think about location. Companies like Microsoft and Amazon are headquartered in or near Seattle, and a large percent of MBA grads working for those companies work out there. Think about if you want to live in a place like Seattle or not.

And leverage the network; a lot of interesting opportunities come from talking to people, and getting a sense for what it’s like working for Google or Facebook. Definitely, for me, the transition to getting a job in the US would have been much more difficult without an MBA.

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA in the US?
I still wanted to be in the tech space but in a more business-orientated role. I thought getting an MBA and extending my horizons beyond engineering, coding, and algorithms, was a good idea. I wanted international exposure, and most of the top companies in the tech world are American.

Many good schools in the US are not in urban environments like New York. For me, it was always important to look for a place where my wife could find career opportunities as well. NYU Stern was a good fit.

Written by Marco De Novellis
Marco De Novellis is a business journalist and editor of BusinessBecause. BusinessBecause is a leading business education news channel and network, producing useful content that MBA, executive MBA, and masters' applicants can learn from and relate to. Marco has written on topics ranging from business education and entrepreneurship in Palestine, to finance, big data, the digitization of the luxury industry, the rise of craft beer and, of course, Donald Trump.

Originally posted on QS TopMBA

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