The biggest names in tech offer a lot of perks competitive salaries, growth opportunities, and a major boost for your resume. But how can you land a job with top tech companies like Apple, Meta, Amazon, or Microsoft?
Tech companies look for certain technical skills, experience, and qualities during the interview process. Our guide offers a roadmap to strengthen your skills, make your resume stand out, and shine during your interviews.
How to get a job at a top tech companies?
If you want to work at a large tech company, you need to know what tech companies look for in job applicants. Whether you want to be an Amazon software engineer or seek a non-technical role at Sony or an Alphabet Inc. company, these tips will help.
Start a digital notebook of research, learnings, and tips
Tech jobs require specific skills. What's the best way to track what you've learned, company research, and interview tips? A digital notebook.
- Research into tech companies and their missions
- Examples of hard and soft skills from your work experience
- Questions that might come up in job interviews
Tools like Evernote, OneNote, or Notion can help you organize your digital notebook. And it will come in handy when you're building a resume and prepping for job interviews.
Invest in getting the experience you need
Big tech companies look for job candidates with a certain background. While you'll need strong technical skills, companies also look at your professional experience.
Consider a "lily pad" company a smaller company where you can gain the experience necessary to work in big tech. Spending one to five years building up your resume and gaining experience at other companies may help you land an interview and job at a major company.
Seek out informational interviews
An informational interview helps you learn more about a company, its hiring process, and its expectations. If you know anyone working at a big tech company, ask whether they're willing to answer questions in an informational interview.
Use your network to identify people for informational interviews. Or reach out via LinkedIn or other networking sources to politely ask for time.
You will need to stand out from other applicants
How can you stand out from other applicants? Major tech companies see thousands of resumes. What will set you apart?
Did you work for a high-growth startup? Or a company that made headlines? That can also help you stand out.
Optimize your resume
In the best-case scenario, a recruiter from a big tech company will reach out to you. But in most cases, you'll submit a resume. How can you make it past the screening process?
Avoid lengthy descriptions and blocks of text. Do not include multiple pages, particularly early in your career. And avoid passive language by including action verbs in your bullet lists.
Networking is critical
Networking plays a crucial role in landing a job at a big tech company. Having a referral often means your application passes the initial screening and lands on the desk of a hiring manager or recruiter. But first, you must get to know tech workers who might refer you.
Only apply for roles where you fit all qualifications
You'll be competing with others who meet the qualifications, so make sure you do, too. That might mean gaining experience at a smaller company before jumping to a major tech company.
Start preparing early and thoroughly for technical interviews
Technical interviews are one of the most intimidating parts of the hiring process. So start preparing early.
Each major company uses a slightly different process to measure technical skills. Research the types of questions you might face and find people who've completed technical interviews in your area. People may share interview questions they've encountered on the company's Glassdoor page.
Fine-tune your interview skills
Prepare a quick pitch that includes your background and why you want to work for the company. Bring in the research you've done into the company's goals and what you can bring to the team.
Don't be surprised if you apply and interview multiple times before landing a job
Many tech professionals apply multiple times before landing an interview at a big tech company. And many interview multiple times before receiving a job offer. Don't get discouraged. Instead, expect the process to take time.