Google without degree

Jan 4, 2019 22 Comments

Just started researching how should I prepare for an interview with google and going through the career site application app it requests University degrees and such.

In my case all I have is work experience (~5 years, last two only being for a large scale company like and my open source presence is non existent as I mainly code for work.

Does it even make sense to go that way or should I try and get a referral?

Edit: TC ~100K


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TOP 22 Comments
  • Amazon / Eng FruitCake
    I don't have a degree and got an interview there
    Jan 4, 2019 10
    • New / R&D

      New R&D

      Harvard Business Publishing, Dick's Sporting Goods
      sex on the beach
      Only in the US
      Jan 4, 2019
    • Amazon XIjQ36
      @JohnMc I'm not saying it's common just that it's possible at least in the US.
      Jan 4, 2019
  • Facebook eUJH65
    Degrees aren’t really required if you can show you know what you’re doing... I don’t have one, never been an issue
    Jan 4, 2019 2
    • How did you manage to get interview calls?
      Jan 4, 2019
    • Facebook eUJH65
      I’ve been lucky to always have someone reach out to me first about an opening. Likely because of side projects, not sure really
      Jan 4, 2019
  • You should *always* try for referral first (regardless of degree) to get a call with a recruiter, otherwise you’re dumping your resume into an abyss.
    Jan 4, 2019 2
    • Mist Systems Juju jj
      If you’re already in contact with a recruiter is getting a referral pointless?
      Jan 4, 2019
    • Not necessary since the recruiter is next step after referral anyhow.
      Jan 5, 2019
  • Google / Eng 🍑☁️
    If you have contributed to open source or have scored a high percentile in programming competitions, you have a good chance at landing an interview with no degree.
    Jan 4, 2019 1
    • Which open sources and programming competitions have highest visibility?
      Jan 4, 2019
  • HP / Eng Modulus
    I knew a guy who contributed so much to the "Go" language early on Google sent him a free laptop. I don't remember all the details but there was more I know I'm forgetting.
    Jan 4, 2019 0
  • Facebook public2
    New grads have to submit a transcript
    Jan 4, 2019 0
  • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
    Jan 4, 2019 0


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