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Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem
March 12, 2014

… Her book, “Cracking the Coding Interview,” is the definitive prep guide to tech interviews. Sandwiched between practice questions and pages of coding solutions are anecdotes from her time as a software engineer at various tech companies and one-liners on how you, too, can get a job at Google. …

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Start a Business in B-School
May 30, 2013

For many business school students, there’s no need to wait until graduation to work on a startup. Developing a business idea in between – or even during – class is ideal.

Gayle Laakmann McDowell, a 2011 graduate of the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, built CareerCup, which helps computer programmers prepare for interviews at tech companies, as a student…

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Silicon Valley vs. Wall Street in talent war
May 30, 2013

… And in the wake of the financial crisis, when many banks were chided for taking on too much risk with clients’ money, more graduates may feel like they can do more good at a tech firm than they can working for a big bank, says Gayle Laakmann McDowell, a former Google software engineer and author of “The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or Any Top Tech Company.” “At startups people are really excited about feeling like they’re building something where they’re contributing to the world,” says McDowell. …

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Is there a link between job interview performance and job performance?
June 28, 2013

No one really knows, but it’s very reasonable to assume that there is a link. However, the link might not be as strong as many employers would like to believe.

Let’s talk first about what the Google study says and what it doesn’t…

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Are Programmers In C/C++ More Preferred At Google Than Programmers In Java?
June 5, 2013

If there are two programmers who are equally good, but one knows Java and the other knows C++, Google would hire both. Really.

But, does Google prefer, on the margin, C++ over Java? …

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How to pass a Google interview: busting the brain teaser myth
Oct 3, 2012

Gayle Laakmann McDowell, author of The Google Resume and founder and CEO of CareerCup.com, was a software engineer at Google between 2005 and 2008, where she, too, interviewed potential candidates. McDowell said Microsoft asked brain teasers 15 years ago but have since ended the practice.

“Any information that is out that the companies are asking brain teasers is very, very out of date – or people are misinterpreting what the questions are about,” McDowell told the Guardian.

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What Are Common Mistakes That Applicants Make When Writing Their Resumes For Tech Companies?
July 12, 2012

In reading the list of the most common mistakes people (and especially software engineers) make on their resume, it’s important to remember how resumes are reviewed. Resumes are not read; they are skimmed for about 15 seconds. Let me say it again: resume screeners do not read your entire resume.

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Q&A: What it really takes to land a killer technology job
August 9, 2012

Software engineer Gayle Laakmann McDowell has worked for companies including Microsoft, Google and Apple, but she’s also known in the technology industry for her books, Cracking the Coding Interview and The Google Resume, offering tips and insights to people looking to land a job in the tech industry.

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Why Are Men Typically Funnier Than Women?
October 25, 2012

Because humor is typically sexual, crass, inappropriate, offensive, racist, and/or mean, and women are supposed to “play nice” with others.

Don’t believe me? Look at comedians’ jokes: …

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The Tech Companies Hiring The Most Right Now
March 3, 2011

Gayle Laakmann McDowell, author of The Google Résumé: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google or Any Top Tech Company, has worked for all three of the popular tech firms. In her book, Gayle offers advice to job seekers trying to get in at a top notch company.

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Women in Tech: Gayle Laakmann McDowell excels beyond the stereotypes
February 9, 2012

Gayle Laakmann McDowell is the founder and CEO of CareerCup.com, which offers technical interview preparation for software engineers, and is the author of “The Google Resume” and “Cracking the Coding Interview.” She has previously worked as software engineer at Microsoft, Google, and Apple, holds a bachelor’s and master’s in Computer Science, and an MBA from the Wharton School.

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The Google Resume: How to Get Hired at Google and Other Top Companies
April 6, 2011

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Offbeat interview questions asked to make you think
March 3, 2011

It’s your worst job interview fear: They’ll ask you some absurdly hard question and instead of being the genius you sometimes think you are — you choke.

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Why Do We Need More Women In Technology?
Oct 12, 2012

More women in technology would be good for technology and innovation, for the women who are currently there, and for the world. #1: Because we need more people in tech, period. Okay, everyone should be able to get behind this one. With engineering specifically, we have a serious lack of qualified engineers…

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The Hardest Job Interview Questions
March 1, 2011

It’s your worst job interview fear: They’ll ask you some absurdly hard question and instead of being the genius you sometimes think you are — you choke.

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Why Are Women So Negative About the “Pickup Artist” Community?
September 25, 2012

I became negative about it because of what I saw it do to guys.

When I first learned about it, I was mostly just intrigued. I ended up learning a bunch about it. I read The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists (which I still think is a really interesting book) and ended up meeting a lot of people who were in the pick-up artist community (not a goal—it just happened).

 

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Should I Let My Manager Know If I Am Looking At New Job Opportunities?

January 22, 2013

You certainly don’t have to inform your manager. Most people don’t, so you wouldn’t be doing anything unethical or even out of the ordinary. In fact, most people inform their manager only after they’ve received and accepted another offer.

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Do Some Women Hate Feminism?
December 17, 2012

There are roughly three types of people who hate feminism:

  • those who actually hate it.
  • those who think they do, but actually don’t.
  • those who say they do but really just find it somewhat problematic.

The second and third groups are where most people who say they hate feminism fall.

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10 Secrets To Getting A Job At Apple, Google Or Microsoft
March 8, 2011

… Indeed, there’s no denying that I got very, very lucky to land such a prestigious internship at such an early age. But there’s more to it than just that.

The tricks below enabled me to get the right experience, flaunt it on my resume, get the attention of recruiters, and eventually land positions with Microsoft, Apple and Google.

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Ex-Googler Reveals Strategies to Land Interview with Google
April 15, 2011

 

…Getting through the doors, unfortunately, seems insurmountable. Hoards of candidates submit resumes each year, with only a small fraction getting an interview. The online application system – or, as it’s more appropriately nicknamed, “The Black Hole,” – is littered with so many resumes that even a top candidate would struggle to stand out.

So how do you get a company to even notice your resume? Here are a few suggestions of how anyone can reach One Microsoft Way, One Infinite Loop, or wherever they’d like to go…

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Tech jobs boom like it’s 1999
April 20, 2011

Tech workers like Mersy are coveted commodities as the high-tech industry undergoes its biggest hiring binge in more than a decade. Not since the dot-com bubble of the early 2000s has competition been so fierce. Would-be employees are being enticed with fat contracts, hefty bonuses and such freebies as iPads, meals, sporting events and shuttle services. These and other perks are in play to hook top talent in engineering, social media, website development, product design and management.

Google, Facebook and Microsoft are aggressively recruiting college students in hopes of landing them before they graduate, says Gayle Laakmann McDowell, a former Google software engineer and author of The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or Any Top Tech Company.

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High-paying college majors to study
December 8, 2011

Sky-high grades and work experience play significant roles in landing top computer jobs, but independent projects are valued too, says Gayle Laakmann McDowell, author of “The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or any Top Tech Company.” …

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Say a Good Word: How to Really Work Your References
May 2011

A bit of reference coaching can clear up many concerns. Laakmann McDowell offers several points to help you guide the discussion in your favor.

Hake an assessment of potential references. Although you may have had a positive working relationship with a supervisor, it doesn’t mean that the person will be the best reference in helping you secure the position.

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Getting Hired at Google: Grid Helps You Ace Interview Questions
May 6, 2011

I had an “aha” moment while reading “The Google Resume” in preparation for my interview with author Gayle Laakmann McDowell. As a person who frequently experiences brain freeze unrelated to ice cream and also brain-tongue disconnect, I think her advice to create a preparation grid for interviews is a winner.

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How to Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Others
May 3, 2011

 

If you want to get an edge on your competition by learning about hiring procedures and making yourself stand out from other candidates; mark your calendars for JobRadioUSA’s Episode 96:“How to Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Others,”Tuesday May 3rd at 9PM EST.

Gayle Laakmann McDowell –author of “The Google Resume” and founder of CareerCup.com – will discuss how to:

  • 1. Prepare in advance to land a job at these companies
  • 2. Design a strong resume and cover letter and acquire references
  • 3. Get in the door and land an interview
  • 4. Prepare for interviews with these companies
  • 5. Navigate the hiring procedures as a programmer, designer, and/or game developer
  • 6. Negotiate an offer

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Getting Hired at Google: The Inside Scoop
April 21, 2011

Susan Hall spoke with Gayle Laakmann McDowell,  author of “The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or Any Top Tech Company.” She worked in Google Engineering for three years and served on its hiring committee. She is founder and CEO of CareerCup.com, a site devoted to tech jobs.

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An Ex-Googler Reveals 4 Ways To Get Hired By Google Even If You Have A Crappy GPA
April 7, 2011

Gayle Laakmann McDowell has worked at Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

After interviewing more than 120 people during her spat at Google, she wrote a book, The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or Any Top Tech Company.

In it, she lists four ways to standout to Google besides your GPA (which she claims doesn’t matter all that much):

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So you want to work at Google
April 7, 2011

To boost your chances of being one of the people Google brings aboard, you might want to take a look at a new book, The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or Any Top Tech Company. Author Gayle Laakmann McDowell, a Wharton MBA, is founder and CEO of CareerCup.com, a job site for tech professionals.

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PodCast: “The Google Resume”
March 31, 2011

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How to Make Friends, Seattle Style

For many newcomers to Seattle, there is a lot of fun to be had with freshly acquainted friends — at first. However, not long after their arrival, many people begin to notice a certain coldness among native Seattleites. Phones stop ringing, party invites cease and, before they know it, émigrés to our fair city have been frozen out of the social scene altogether.

… In the course of all this event organization, Weaver began to notice a familiar face. This was Gayle Laakmann, a computer engineer and fellow Seattle settler. The two became friends, realizing they had endured the same social chill, and overcome it by coordinating gatherings for large groups of local residents. This mutual interest led the duo to join forces, and they co-founded Seattle Anti-Freeze that fall. As Weaver explained, the group’s name originated from an article in the February 15, 2005 edition of Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Times’ weekly magazine.

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The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career at a Top Tech Company
March 22, 2011

In her new book, ‘The Google Resume,’ Gayle Laakmann McDowell offers recent grads and young professionals a glimpse into the process of getting noticed by a top tech company. As a former “Microsoftie, Appleite, and Googler,” McDowell knows what it takes to land at one of these top firms. Here are just a few of her many recommendations.

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How to Get Hired By Google
March 22, 2011

… getting hired by Google is difficult. Very difficult. The company has incredibly high standards for candidates, and turns away applicants who would make the grade at almost any other company they chose. Even after they make it through the notoriously difficult “brain-teaser” portion of the interview.

So what can you do to increase your chances? Gayle Laakmann McDowell, a former Google recruiter, and author of The Google Resume, spoke to Vault and offered some key pieces of advice.

 

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Programming Interviews – Techniques & Tips by Gayle Laakmann
October 6, 2010

Gayle Laakmann, an ex-Googler, who is currently pursuing her MBA at Wharton University. She completed her Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the founder and CEO of two companies – Careercup, Seattle Anti-Freeze. She is also the author of Cracking the Coding Interview.

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Expert offers job advice to computer science majors
February 5, 2010

Gayle Laakmann, current Wharton MBA student and former Google, Microsoft and Apple employee, gave a lecture Thursday to a crowd of Computer Science and Engineering students about how to successfully interview with software companies.

Laakmann, who completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Engineering at Penn, is currently CEO of a web site called CareerCup.com.

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Seattle party planners find a cure for the city’s common cold
December 14, 2007

The climate is getting a little hotter in the Emerald City, and no, we’re not talking global warming or carbon dioxide emissions.

Seeking to thaw Seattle’s reputedly chilly social climate is a new group, Seattle Anti-Freeze, which hosts big parties and social mixers for mostly 20- and 30-somethings. Seattle Anti-Freeze took its name in response to a 2005 Seattle Times article on a crippling social disease the writer dubbed the “Seattle Freeze,” in which people are polite to newcomers but not truly warm or inclusive.

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Bring back the dazzle
September 23, 2005

But don’t look for Laakmann among the 17,000 employees gathering today at Safeco Field for the company’s 30th anniversary company meeting.

That’s because Laakmann, 22, went to work at Google instead, starting last month at the red-hot Internet company’s year-old Kirkland office.

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Senior tries to improve Engineers’ curriculum
March 28, 2005

… last spring, Laakmann decided to create a small, hands-on class. She is currently a teaching assistant for the seven-person seminar, working alongside Computer Science professor Pat Palmer.