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Ever wondered how it’s like to be working in one of the the tech industry’s Big 5: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft? How’s the working environment like? What’s the starting salary? Do they give perks to their employees? Is it true that gourmet chefs cook the cafeteria food? For many, it’s a dream come true be working in these companies. It may be like winning the lottery. But how about the actual recruitment process, the interviews and exams you need to go through before you land your dream job? Ever wondered how THAT’S like?

Comparably, a site that reviews company brands, conducted a survey among 6,463 current employees at Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. The report showed that each company has different approach and style in screening applicants.
 

Overall Interview Process

Apple and Microsoft got the highest ratings in terms of the overall interview process.
 
Apple – 90 out of 100
Microsoft – 90 out of 100
Google – 88 out of 100
Amazon – 87 out of 100
Facebook – 83 out of 100
 

Interview

Almost half of Google employees said that their interview process was very difficult or difficult. While 30% of Amazon found theirs as very easy or easy. On the other hand, 48% of Microsoft employees thought that their interview experience was just about average.
 
Amazon
Very difficult – 17%
Difficult – 24%
Average – 29%
Easy – 17%
Very easy – 13%

Apple
Very difficult – 12%
Difficult – 36%
Average – 32%
Easy – 12%
Very easy – 8%

Facebook
Very difficult – 16%
Difficult – 26%
Average – 37%
Easy – 5%
Very easy – 16%

Google
Very difficult – 19%
Difficult – 30%
Average – 25%
Easy – 18%
Very easy – 8%

Microsoft
Very difficult – 11%
Difficult – 36%
Average – 48%
Easy – 5%
Very easy – 0%
 

Online Application

If you want to apply at Amazon or Apple, try applying online. Most current employees from Amazon and Apple said that they were called for an interview by sending their application online. Whilst 39% of Google employees landed an interview through a recruiter.
 
Amazon
Applied online – 39%
Referral – 14%
Recruiter – 32%
Other – 12%
Networking – 3%

Apple
Applied online – 34%
Referral – 29%
Recruiter – 10%
Other – 17%
Networking – 10%

Facebook
Applied online – 29%
Referral – 24%
Recruiter – 19%
Other – 9%
Networking – 19%

Google
Applied online – 23%
Referral – 18%
Recruiter – 39%
Other – 11%
Networking – 9%

Microsoft
Applied online – 17%
Referral – 26%
Recruiter – 30%
Other – 13%
Networking – 14%
 

Response Time

Among the five companies, Microsoft is the quickest to reply. 23% of their employees said that got feedback within the same day of their interview. In contrast, Google takes the longest to reply, about four or more weeks.
 
Amazon
Same day – 12%
Within a week – 47%
One or two weeks – 22%
Two to four weeks – 10%
Four or more weeks – 9%

Apple
Same day – 11%
Within a week – 42%
One or two weeks – 31%
Two to four weeks – 4%
Four or more weeks – 12%

Facebook
Same day – 15%
Within a week – 42%
One or two weeks – 16%
Two to four weeks – 11%
Four or more weeks – 16%

Google
Same day – 11%
Within a week – 5%
One or two weeks – 35%
Two to four weeks – 30%
Four or more weeks – 19%

Microsoft
Same day – 23%
Within a week – 55%
One or two weeks – 10%
Two to four weeks – 10%
Four or more weeks – 2%
 

Number of Interviews

If you want to apply at Google, you might want to polish your job interview skills. According to most of their current employees, they went through five or more interviews before getting hired. On the contrary, applicants at Amazon usually go through one to two interviews only.
 
Amazon
One or two interviews – 61%
Three or four interviews – 11%
Five or more interviews – 28%

Apple
One or two interviews – 53%
Three or four interviews – 30%
Five or more interviews – 17%

Facebook
One or two interviews – 40%
Three or four interviews – 36%
Five or more interviews – 24%

Google
One or two interviews – 34%
Three or four interviews – 27%
Five or more interviews – 39%

Microsoft
One or two interviews – 49%
Three or four interviews – 19%
Five or more interviews – 32%
 

Company Culture

Facebook has the most number of employees who noted that they got a peek of the company’s culture during the interview. While more than half of Amazon employees said that they didn’t.
 
Amazon – 67% say yes, 33% say no
Apple – 46% say yes, 54% say no
Facebook – 85% say yes, 15% say no
Google – 79% say yes, 21% say no
Microsoft – 70% say yes, 30% say no
 
 
source: BusinessInsider Australia

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