The New York Times just finished a two-part series on How to Get a Job at Google (part 1 and part 2). The posts covered ways to get hired at Google, the five hiring attributes they look for and advice for résumés and job hunting in general.
Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google (the guy in charge of hiring) had this to say about how you can write a good résumé:
“The key is to frame your strengths as: ‘I accomplished X, relative to Y, by doing Z.’ Most people would write a résumé like this: ‘Wrote editorials for The New York Times.’ Better would be to say: ‘Had 50 op-eds published compared to average of 6 by most op-ed writers as a result of providing deep insight into the following area for three years.’ Most people don’t put the right content on their résumés.”
Bock's best advice for job interviews:
“What you want to do is say: ‘Here’s the attribute I’m going to demonstrate; here’s the story demonstrating it; here’s how that story demonstrated that attribute.’ And here is how it can create value. Most people in an interview don’t make explicit their thought process behind how or why they did something and, even if they are able to come up with a compelling story, they are unable to explain their thought process.”