Welcome to the 17th installment of our blog series “My Path to Google.” These are real stories from Googlers, interns, and alumni highlighting 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 Jordan LaCroix. Read on!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I grew up in the south end of New Bedford, Massachusetts, also called “The Whaling City.” I went to Bristol Community College downtown, and then to the next town over to finish up my bachelors in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
When I’m not at work, I’m outside the house—backpacking, mountaineering, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, walking the dog, or anything that gives me a reason to get some sunshine.
What’s your role at Google?
I'm a Software Engineer on DoubleClick Bid Manager. Before you see an ad, there's bidding that goes on between a bunch of other ads that want to be seen. We automate that bidding process for advertisers, so they get the best bang for their buck! It takes a lot of manpower to fuel the process, and I love all the coordinating and collaboration.
What inspires you to come in every day?
I always joke and say it’s the free food, but it's really a place I'm proud to work at! I really believe Google will make for a better future.
Can you tell us about your decision to enter the process?
I was ready to throw on my Google onesie long before applying. I went to a no-name school, had no internships, and I thought it wouldn't work out, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to apply.
How did the recruitment process go for you?
I applied on the careers page thinking I wouldn’t hear back. Then I went through the interviews thinking I wouldn't hear back. The day came when I DID hear back, and I recall Jarrod (my recruiter) saying in a sad voice "Jordan, remember I said you should be okay at this point...(dramatic pause), well I'm sorry, but...(a longer dramatic pause) you have nothing to worry about! Congrats."
What do you wish you’d known when you started the process?
It takes time — just relax!
Can you tell us more about the resources you used to prep?
There's a good subreddit (‘cscareerquestions’) which has loads of prep material.
To finish, do you have any tips you’d like to share with aspiring Googlers?
When you get here, remember that the food isn't going anywhere!
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