Sara García Tejedo, IE Master in Management 2015 graduate, based in London, recently joined Google as Partner Manager for Youtube in the UK market. However, her successful story began just after she finished studying at IE Business School. She entered Apple’s Global Leadership Programme, where she got to know many areas of the retail business, including: sales, operations, human resources (HR) and the dynamic of the Apple Stores. Sara decided to share with us more details about her experience in these two big tech companies.
Q: Can you please tell us briefly about your job and the company?
A: Currently, I’m working for Google. Inside Google I am working forYoutube, which at this point is one of Google’s many products, like Google Play, Google Maps or Gmail. My job at Youtube consists on establishing relationships with top content creators in the UK and Ireland. I am their point of contact with Youtube, I help them develop new strategies to leverage their watch time and engagement. That is my core job, but as many jobs in Google, my role extends further than this. With my team, I constantly do brainstorming sessions and meetings to get new ideas running, programs like NextUp or the Ambassador Program for Youtube all came from the same kind of side projects.
Q: How did you find out about this job opportunity?
A: When I first moved to London to work for Apple, I did so together with one of my colleagues from IE, Joost Arnoudt who was moving to the city to work for Google. We stayed in touch as much as possible during my first year, although it was tough considering our busy schedules. Anyways, during one of our conversations I told him that I did not feel fulfilled at my job and he offered to refer me at Google.
Q: Could you tell us how the new position differs from the previous one?
A: First, at Apple I was working in the retail industry while with Google I’m working in the New Media industry. Both positions have nothing in common, but my time at Apple did definitely help me shape myself as a professional. Although both roles differ from each other, one would not have been possible without the other.
Q: How did Talent and Careers and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process?
A: Talent and Careers did play and important role during my recruiting process at Apple, especially because my Career Advisor, Lucía Andrés, helped me draw up a proper CV which reflected everything that was relevant for the job role I was applying to. Besides helping me draft a proper CV, I foudn out about the role at Apple through the IE Career Portal so I can say they played a vital role in the process.
Q: How was the recruiting process at Apple? At Google?
A: The recruiting process for a graduate program is totally different to one for a permanent position. During the process for a graduate program, the interviews were designed to measure your potential, they want to see what you are capable of (mainly because if you apply for a graduate program you haven’t got much work experience yet). To do this, they get you involved in group cases to see how you interact with other colleagues. Sometimes they make you do cognitive tests but that was not the case for Apple. My process with Apple consisted of 2 phone interviews, 3 group cases and 3 on site interviews, it was a long process and most of the candidates were incredibly competent.
On the other hand, my process with Google was totally different. It basically consisted on 1 phone interview and 4 on site interviews. This process was quicker and definitely more efficient. During the process, Google is trying to evaluate several factors, for instance: your ‘googliness’, teamwork, ability to receive feedback, entrepreneurial spirit and general cognitive intelligence. I believe these are the main factors they evaluate for every role, of course, there are other role-specific factors they will evaluate too depending on your job position.
"My one advice for anyone who is interested on applying to Apple, Google or to any other company is to forget about the name of the company when applying for a job. Focus on the job itself."
Q: Would you want to share any tips or advice with student interested in applying to Google or Apple?
A: My one advice for anyone who is interested on applying to Apple, Google or to any other company is to forget about the name of the company when applying for a job. Focus on the job itself. Apple and Google are giant companies and they have thousands of jobs to do, each of them being very different from each other. Sometimes people get lost in the obsession of working for one of these companies and would do any job as long as they work for them. This is a huge mistake because unless you are very lucky, you will probably end up doing a job you end up hating. I constantly get messages on LinkedIn of people asking me how can they get a job at Google or Apple, but none of them (as far as I can remember) actually talked about any specific job or even industry. The bottom line is, decide on what job you want to do, then decide in which company you want to do it.
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