Haven't even landed a phone interview at Google

New / Eng voTu86
Mar 16 18 Comments

I'm from France and I've applied for an internship at Google in the US back in December.

I've worked on my CV a lot, I have open-source projects to show for, references from my previous internship, and I got referred by a Googler.

Nevertheless, I didn't even get a phone interview. Same for Microsoft and Facebook.

Was I really unlucky or is that just the hard life of a foreigner?

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TOP 18 Comments
  • Google 🌲 50
    Hiring summer interns usually wraps up in november the year before fyi, it might be a timing issue
    Mar 16 2
    • New / Eng voTu86
      OP
      Ah good call, I should have applied earlier.
      Mar 16
    • Google 🌲 50
      Its the same deal for new grads, so just keep that in mind
      Mar 16
  • IBM PTSD
    When will the Google wanking end?
    Mar 17 0
  • eBay oldgrads
    It might be too late to apply for internships
    Mar 16 0
  • Google camelCase
    There are relatively few internships at Google and they are hard to get. Try applying for full-time instead.
    Mar 16 0
  • Oscar 🐨koala
    Also consider there are probably 10k applicants a year...good luck nezt year!!
    Mar 16 0
  • Microsoft cruisin
    Having same issue 🍿
    Mar 16 0
  • Microsoft / Biz Dev MemeGenX
    Do Google recruiters visit your school? Is it on Google's target recruit list? If not chances of internship are low. Also yeah, you are late for this year.
    Mar 16 1
    • New / Eng voTu86
      OP
      I don't think that they do, very few people intern at Google (the Paris office is pretty small). Also, in France we have many small universities rather than large ones so it's uncommon (even for top schools like mine) to have university recruiters.
      Mar 17
  • MathWorks p8Rz2u
    You could try to get into an EU office and eventually try to transfer to US?
    Mar 16 1
    • New / Eng voTu86
      OP
      I've applied to Google Zürich and I didn't land an interview either. I think it's a highly demanded location in Europe, which might be why. I've received a "we received a staggering number of CV's this year so we couldn't reach out to everyone!" email from Google Zürich.
      Mar 16
  • ServiceNow syenite
    As others have said, it's too late for internships. Interns coming in in May/June received offers in November. Also, why would a US employer pay for J-1/F-1 interns when they can get cheap US interns without the visa issues.
    Mar 16 0
  • Amazon peacefull
    I can referrer you to Amazon. Not Google, but still a very good place to start.
    Mar 30 2
    • New / Eng voTu86
      OP
      I'd love to, but isn't it too late to apply for an internship?
      Mar 30
    • Amazon peacefull
      Maybe, I can for fte.
      Mar 30
  • Facebook SuchATrip
    Did you get referred to Google or were you applying through their website? If it's the latter then find someone to refer you.
    Mar 17 1
    • New / Eng voTu86
      OP
      I did get referred, and I've applied from the "you've been referred" email. If it matters, the Googler who referred me is working in Australia currently but I was applying to the US.
      Mar 17