What I Learned From Getting Hired — Twice — at Google

How to present a portfolio, take notes on interviews, and, above all, be patient

Tiffany Eaton
Google Design


My Background

I’m a fourth year student at California College of the Arts who came to California on a whim after graduating high school. It was a hard decision, emotionally and financially. Emotionally, because I would be on the other side of country by myself. Financially, because my mom was supporting a family of six on top of paying mortgage and overdue bills.

Begin anywhere. John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice: begin anywhere.

At 19, I was less than a year into the program and trying to find a summer internship to explore what I wanted to work on after I graduate. I also needed to make money so I could afford to keep going to school and reduce the financial burden my mom had raising a family on her own.

It took a hundred rejections and a little bit of luck, but I landed my first design job as a UX research intern at DocuSign. It was a great experience and I continued going to school and applying to more internships over the next several semesters. Dozens of rejections…