Tags: , | Posted by Admin on 12/1/2008 10:41 AM | Comments (0)

I'm considering applying for the AdWords Account Associate position for Google, Singapore. I actually saw this position posted a while back (possible >2mth) as a friend (not a Googler) had recommended me to apply. Things at my current job were in overdrive at the time so I didn't apply. I'm pleased they're still hiring, but then I'm also wondering why it's still available. Though I suppose there's no harm to still apply eh?

I know the Google website claims a "diverse working environment" with people from different backgrounds. But how open are they really to an applicant coming from a non-IT/Internet related background for the AdWords position? I have customer service/account servicing experience, coming from the hospitality industry (currently doing catering sales; no advertising sales experience). I'm very tech savvy/proficient though admittedly AdWords is one of the lesser used Google application for me.

For AdWords positions, Google will send you an online worksheet to complete in 1 hour after one has passed their initial phone interview. It has you list reasons why pornography is ok to advertise and why tobacco products are not advertised by Google just in case you are asked by a Tobacco distributor to advertise for them (completely subjective). They will have you look at a list of email subject headings and ask you to identify which are important and which order you should respond to the important ones and the reasons why. They will also ask if you are ok handling pornography and its advertising. Their online worksheet test has both grammar and logic problems. The grammar problems can be easily bypassed by typing or pasting the questions in word to find the grammatical errors. They are highly secretive and I believe they interview engineers and other techies to simply get cheap R&D without any real intentions of hiring. Another questions I've been asked on this interview were:

  1. Give me a runthrough of your resume?
  2. What do you know about Google?
  3. What do you know about Adwords?
  4. What do you understand about your job profile?
  5. How you fit into that role?
  6. Are you willing to give up the role of a team leader and creative writer to be an Adword Representative?
  7. How do you think this position can help your job profile?
  8. If Adwords was not associated with Google, would you have accepted the position?
  9. Yahoo and Microsoft has similar positions, why do you want to join Google only?
  10. You say you want a change in your career and use more of your skills, what other job profiles do you think would have suited you?
  11. What is your biggest failure in life?
  12. Have you been in a position when one of your colleagues did not do his share of work? How did you handle the situation?
  13. Suppose there is a project going on in full swing and two of your colleagues just fall sick, how will you handle the position?
  14. If you had to sell the job of Adwords Representative to a friend, what would you say to them?
  15. Tell me about a situation where just couldn't get along with one of your team members. What did you do?
  16. Have you ever faced a situation you didn't like at job? How did you face it?
  17. Do you have any questions to ask?
  18. Besides what HR sent you, what did you do to research about the position?
  19. What Google services you have used till date? Choose one of them and tell what change would you like to make in it?
  20. Your company generates revenue through Adsense. What kind of ads show up on your webpage? Why do you think Indian ads do not show up on your website's page?
  21. Do you know any of the Google terms and policies regarding Adwords?
  22. What did you liked about Google? Do you like the peole here?
  23. Which interviewer you liked the best? Why?
  24. Google has a flat system with not much vertical hierarchy system. It is based on meritocracy. If a person joins 6 months after you and becomes your mentor in a year, how would you handle the situation?
  25. Are you comfortable not having a vertical ladder to move on?
  26. At Google, you may have to deal with people who are freshers and ones who are much more qualified than you are. How will you balance out the situation and maintain relationships with all of them?
  27. You say you are flexible, adaptable and client-friendly. How? Give examples.
  28. What do you mean by people skills?

Prepare for the interview as you would for any other interview. Part of that process is knowing the company well, too, and there is a lot of information that Google placed online so you could know the company and their philosophies. That way, you'll know if you and Google are a good match, and also somewhat what they're looking for in your answers.

Good luck!

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