Sundar Pichai reveals how he bagged Google job – he did not know about Gmail

Sundar Pichai Google interview
Sundar Pichai Google interview

Sundar Pichai, the CEO of tech giant Google, is among the powerful Indian-origin corporate leaders like Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Shantanu Narayen of Adobe Systems, Ajaypal Singh Bagga of Mastercard. Google jobs are lucrative as the US company pay higher salaries than others. You might be curious to know what questions Pichai was asked during the interview. He answered all the questions about his interview round candidly at an event which held at IIT-Kharagpur. Pichai in the interview revealed that he could not answer when he was asked what was Gmail during the interview.

When Sundar Pichai was interviewed at Google in 2004 then forget smartphones, Gmail was new and he did not know anything about it yet he was selected and is now heading the company. He was interviewed at Google on April Fools Day in 2004, but people weren’t sure whether it was just an April Fools joke, as Gmail was new at that time, the Google CEO revealed.

In his first three interviews he could not answer about Gmail as he had never used the product and thought it was a joke, Pichai recalled. However, Pichai answered at length when the interviewer asked him about Gmail in his fourth interview. However, his ignorance about Gmail did not eliminate him, instead, the interview explained him the product. During the interview, Pichai was honest and he never tried to mislead the interview. He didn’t know of Gmail because he had not used the product yet, Pichai revealed.

However, when was he was shown the product he learned about it and aced his fifth round. This is a big lesson for the job seekers, as many interviewees try to fool the interviewer even when they do not have much knowledge about something.

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