Mateus Porto

EMEA Cloud Training Coordinator

Mateus Porto

Mateus recorded himself to refine his interview technique before landing his new role at Google


City and country

London, UK

When did you join the company?

27th April 2020

What prompted you to move to this new role?

I was made redundant when my previous employer relocated their operations to the North of the UK. This came at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic adding extra pressure to find a new role quickly.

How did you find this role?

I had a clear vision of the type of company I wanted to work for(FTSE 100) and approached several organisations directly with varying success. I also updated my online profile and set my LinkedIn account as 'open to opportunities' and visible to recruiters. Several recruiters approached me based on my skill set and endorsements, including the recruiter with the opportunity at Google.

Overall what is the best advice you can give other job seekers?

Refine your CV and adapt it for each role you apply for. My CV lists not just my responsibilities but as far as possible aims to quantify my success within each of those remits.

If you are applying to lots of roles, then create a tracking document to monitor your applications and the responses you get back so that you can follow up and drive the process forward. It is increasingly disappointing that many organisations will not even acknowledge your application with a standard response.

Be prepared for tough questions around times you have failed,had difficult working relationships, or even been called out by a line manager. I read books such as “Top Answers to Tough Questions” by John Lees, to rehearse how I would respond when put on the spot. It is easy to talk about your successes but not so much your failures.  Also master your interview technique: research, rehearse, record it and listen back for improvement.

What was your biggest challenge?

The pandemic added an additional pressure. The role at Google was highly competitive and the interview was to be conducted online. I had to read up on not only interview techniques but also video conference etiquette to perform as naturally as I would in a face-to-face interview. Remembering to look at the camera and to nod in appropriate places is harder than you might think.

Has starting your new job been easier or harder than expected? And why?

It has been different, no easier or harder. The company has adapted a WFH model and is widely using video calls for induction and training. They have been super supportive and approachable during these far from normal times and I feel as much a part of the team as I might be in an office.

What was your biggest positive surprise?

Firstly, how quick the process was, from first contact with the recruiter and just two online interviews until job offer. Secondly, the support the company has provided me as a ‘Noogler’, how they even help to create a WFH environment with all the equipment I might need. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.

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