Googler Spotlight: The Canine Staffing Team

You may have heard that Googlers are allowed to bring their dogs to work and that pooches are a common sight around Google offices. But what you may not know is that our dogs must go through the same detailed hiring process as human Googlers do before being welcomed to the Googleplex. We spoke with Taylor Marquardt from our Canine Staffing Team to learn more about our dog recruitment and hiring process.

How does your team handle the applications that you receive from aspiring Dooglers?

Dealing with canine-submitted applications does pose a unique set of challenges. It’s not uncommon to see resumes with a few paw prints or drool stains here and there, but we try to look past that to recognize the skills and experience of the applicant. The main thing that we look for on a resume is evidence that the dog has demonstrated great teamwork within a business kennel environment.

What attributes are we looking for in canine candidates?

It honestly depends on the job and the specific candidate. We receive tons of applications each week from dogs of all breeds, but we try to match the right canine with the right department. For example, Bloodhounds are a natural fit for Search, while Rottweilers are often drawn to our corporate security positions.

What goes on during a doggie interview?

At the beginning, we’ll go over the basics: staying, fetching, rolling over— you know, typical job interview fare. But because we’re Google, we want to dive deeper into the candidate’s skill set and determine whether the dog can handle a situation when the fur starts flying. We sometimes ask candidates to diagram solutions to a business problem on a whiteboard, and while the top candidates demonstrate a steady paw, you’d be surprised at the poor penmanship we sometimes see.

Any advice for those who make it to the interview stage?

Show your true personality! We meet a lot of interviewees who try to impress us with their lush fur, suede collars and knit wool sweaters. But the best canine candidates are just like the best human candidates: they are friendly, energetic, playful— and don’t bite.

Do you think your dog has what it takes to get hired by Google? Please visit http://goo.gl/b8Wua to submit an application.
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