Welcome to the latest edition of “My Path to Google,” where we talk to Googlers, interns, apprentices and alumni about how they got to Google, what their roles are like and even some tips on how to prepare for interviews.
Today’s post is all about Johnson Jose, a Google Cloud leader based in Bangalore, India with a passion for shaping the future of cloud technology.
What’s your role at Google?
I lead the Application Engineering team in Google Cloud India, which builds tools and platforms to help onboard our partners. I spend most of my time in technical discussions, but I also meet with both internal and external partners to stay plugged into what’s happening in the cloud industry.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I grew up in Kerala, India and received a masters degree in engineering, followed by my MBA. I’ve also written two books, one about data quality excellence and the other about cloud development operations. I’m currently writing my third book about business management — stay tuned. When I’m not working, I love to hike and try new dishes.
Johnson hiking with his family.
How would you describe your path to your current role at Google?
I started my career working in cloud transformation at a few different companies, where I learned about local area networks, routing and switching technologies. I had always wanted to work at Google and I actually got the chance to work with Google Cloud as one of my clients. So when a Google recruiter approached me, I took the opportunity.
What inspires you to come in (or log in) every day?
I’m very passionate about cloud technology, and I enjoy knowing my work is shaping cloud infrastructure today and in the future. We’re influencing the future of the internet, simplifying and improving how quickly people can connect and work. Of course, I’m also inspired by my team and our amazing workplace. We have great food and a world-class gym.
What have you learned about leadership since joining Google?
Leadership at Google is rooted in inclusivity and respect. I remember when I joined, my own management team, who’s based all around the world, rearranged the entire meeting schedule to accommodate my time zone. And there’s a strong focus on the wellbeing of our teams. I’ve also learned you don’t need to be a senior leader to lead at Google. Everyone can teach and make an impact.
Johnson visiting a Google campus in California.
How did the application and interview process go for you?
I remember being impressed with how well my recruiter explained the interview process. From start to finish, the entire experience was professional, respectful and transparent. I actually interviewed right in the middle of the pandemic and needed some flexibility to help my previous company navigate through that time. Google was very respectful of that.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share with aspiring Googlers?
First, preparation is key. Take advantage of the many resources and videos available online, including on the Google Careers site. For the interview, focus on your strengths and be confident about your work. Remember to also be curious and ask for clarification so it’s a discussion rather than a one-sided process. If you’re interviewing for the Google Application Engineering team specifically, showcase your domain expertise and experience in writing well-structured programs. Google wants to hire you for you - don’t be afraid of the interview and focus on enjoying it!