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More than a number: How much does Google care about GPA?

Gayle, I’m currently a junior at Cal Poly, and my GPA isn’t great. I estimate when I graduate it’ll be between a 2.7 and 3.1. Will that put me out of the running for Google and Microsoft? Do those companies really have a minimum GPA requirement? Is there anything I can do to offset my low [...]

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What’s the “Right” Programming Language for an Interview?

Hi Gayle, Does it matter what language you use in an interview with Google/Facebook/Amazon? Most of my recent experience has been with C# and thats the language I’m most comfortable with. I do have prior experience with C and C++ although in an interview would prefer to use C#. I’m not sure if that would [...]

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Ask Gayle: I left my job because I didn’t like my coworkers. What do I tell future employers?

Hi Gayle, I have a question. Basically I was moved to a group that was really bad in terms of people, nature of work and my career began to stagnate. I had a vacation planned and wanted to take up a new job immediately after that. So I quit, immediately left for a vacation and [...]

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Ask Gayle: I am a low-level programmer. Can I get a job at Google?

Hi Gayle, I am desperate about getting a software engineer job in only Google. My dilemma is that I have worked only in RTOS (e.g. WinCE) System Software Domain in all of my 6+ yrs of overall work experience in big semiconductor companies e.g. Qualcomm, Marvell, and I have no experience in web companies.   Do [...]

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Ask Gayle: What can a student now do to prep for a programming position?

Hi Gayle, I am an international student from India and I just finished my BS in EE with minor in computer science and will be moving to CMU for my MS in computer science this coming fall. Being an EE student, I am not so proficient at programming. Since I will be starting my MS [...]

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Ask Gayle: My interviewer misled me. Can I argue?

Dear Gayle, I interviewed with a major tech company and I was asked a tough question. I started to think of a brute force solution and the interviewer said that brute force is fine.  I began to write the code and before I was even finished, the interviewer began to bombard me with questions.  His [...]

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Ask Gayle: What do delays mean?

Gayle: I interviewed with a company two weeks ago, and they haven’t notified me of a decision.  I even tried emailing the recruiter – no response.  Does this mean I’m rejected? ~ Sanjiv, New York In one word: no.  After you interview with a company, they will always tell you if you’re rejected or not. [...]

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