I want to understand what it takes to be Ux designer at google / facebook. I have a reasonable hands on experience but don’t know how to make my profile recognizable amongst the 100 other applicants .
If anyone can reply me about key things google design team looks for it would be a great help.
Have a good grasp of design thinking principles ie empathy, define, ideate, prototype, test, etc and when it’s appropriate to use certain techniques during those phases of the design process. Stanford D school and Google design sprints are good resources to reference.
Become technically excellent in a certain area whether it is concepting, IA, visual, storytelling, prototyping, etc and have moderate skill in other areas. Google likes to hire “T” shaped designers. Skills that are deep in one area, broad in others.
Have at least 3 strong case studies in your portfolio that illustrate how you think. As important as the final product is, other designers care more about the process and thinking of how you got to final solution. How did you define problems and solutions, who did you design for, what trade offs did you make, were early assumptions validated, did you change directions, what did you learn, what would you have done differently, etc.
Lastly, aside from hard skills, just be a nice person and work well with others. Unless you’re a super duper rockstar hired for a very specific role, nobody likes working with a jerk.