Is it possible to get an interview for a director role at Google without a referral or connection? I'm currently a director at a small tech company and came across a director role at Google that fits my experience perfectly. Any resume or networking tips to actually get an interview if I apply?

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What kind of start up are you at? If it’s a well known unicorn then yes you can definitely lateral. For most smaller start-ups that aren’t as well known (eg block, bolt) google will probably down level your title 1-2 levels. Most IC4s now being offer jobs have 5-7 years experience and IC5s have 6-9 years of experience. Lateral Directors typically have experience managing at least 20-30 people if they don’t come from consulting MBB firms

Oh and my company was recently valued at $1b, is <5 years old, and still privately owned so technically qualifies as a "unicorn" though you could argue it's not "well known" outside of the specific field we serve.

Sorry bolt and block are the well known smaller tech firms. I meant to say for firms that are not those

Google Directors come from fortune 10 companies and are typically business unit CIO/ CISOs. Most of them have 20-25+ years of experience.

My gut is telling me that you are somewhere between a level 5-7. Level 7 if they are looking for Team Leads / Managers.

Reset your expectations and you will be fine

That's super helpful - thank you.

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