5 Reasons Owen and Vince Wouldn’t Be Hired At Google

The following is an article I wrote for Moviepilot.com.  It will be up on the site within about 24 hours at which point I will post the link to it here in case anyone’s curious.

*Spoilers Present Below*

This weekend, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn teamed up once more for the first time since their 2005 comedy smash hit Wedding Crashers.  Unfortunately, their new film, The Internship has been met with a resounding “Meh” from most viewers.  Critics cite issues with plot predictability, character cliches, and an over-reliance on the two stars’ well-practiced shtick.  I, on the other hand, had a different issue with the film; the entire premise itself.  As both a business student and a movie buff, I’ve put together this little list of some of the reasons why Nick and Billy would have never been hired at a company like Google.

1. The Screening Process

After losing their sales jobs, Nick and Billy somehow end up securing themselves an online video interview with two Google recruiters (including an all-too-brief appearance by B.J. Novak).  If you consider the amount of applicants who those recruiters go The Internship - 5through in any given day, you can understand why you have to make a great impression in that initial interview to even move on.  Not only do the two leads demonstrate an acute lack of technological savvy by their inability to operate a webcam, but they also fail miserably at  answering the test questions posed to them.  Companies like Google use test questions like this not to hear a right answer but to understand how an applicant thinks.  If the way these two answered the questions were actually the kind of thought process the recruiters were looking for, their ideal employee would be a small child with ADD.

2.  Phoenix Proud

One of the biggest things every recruiter I’ve ever spoken to has stressed about the images (13)application process is that lying on your resume is one of the quickest ways to get your name thrown out if not permanently blacklisted.  In order to qualify as college students, Billy registers himself and Nick at the University of Phoenix with majors of Sales and Physics (of which Nick knows nothing about).  I won’t make any judgment on the job prospects of UPX graduates, but what I can say is that no matter where you graduate, getting caught lying on your application isn’t the greatest first impression that you can leave on an employer.

3.  No Technical Skills

To be fair, the movie represents the company as if there’s just one “Google Internship” that everybody applies for, regardless of skill set.  In reality, there are different internships that require different skills to qualify, and if Billy and Nick were to apply for, 0451say, a sales internship, they might have a bit more of a shot.  That being said, in an internship process that requires knowledge of computer coding along with a myriad of other modern technology, you probably want someone who’s had at least a respectable amount of experience with tech.  Not only do Nick and Billy have no coding experience at the start of the internship; they also seem to be completely out of touch with the modern world.  In any tech-related company, you’re going to have to be in tune with a constantly changing environment, and not even knowing what Instagram is probably doesn’t speak volumes regarding your in-tune-ness with the modern technological world.

4.  Employer/Employee relationship

Okay, if one of the rules you learn on the first day is “Don’t have a drink with your boss”, The-Internship-Rose-Byrneyou’d think that “Don’t sleep with your boss” would be a logical follow-up.  Well, that doesn’t stop Owen from hitting on an upper level female Googler like Rose Byrne, nor does it ever even get brought up by the supposedly rule-obsessed Aasif Mandvi.  I’ve been told that worker relationships are fairly common at Google, but having an intern semi-publicly involved with a senior employee before the internship is even over seems like a bit of a conflict of interest.

5.  Drunk in Public

At one point, Nick and Billy take their team of younger interns out to what they think is a dance club, but ends up being a strip club.  Now, assuming everyone involved is over 21, there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that, right?  Well, that is if you ignore the fact that 8490410the entire group was taken there by a bus that says “GOOGLE” on the side.  Well, it’s all fun and games until someone posts a picture to the internet.  One of the biggest things they hammer into us business students is “be smart about what you allow to be posted online”, i.e. don’t let anyone post a picture of you while you’re absolutely hammered at a party.  Well, that’s exactly what Billy does when he takes several pictures of his group during their night of celebration via Instagram.  Now, Google might be a pretty forgiving company, but it’s hard to overlook an intern with a picture of himself, holding an empty shot glass and receiving a lap dance, posted to Facebook, especially when there are nearly 100 other qualified applicants in the running.

Well, there you have it.  If you’re interested, feel free to check out Google’s hiring info page for more information on their hiring process.  I’d like to emphasize that there are a lot of ways the movie acknowledges this hiring process in the film, even if that doesn’t stop it from totally ignoring common sense for the rest of the time.

What do you think?  Would Billy and Nick stand a chance if they applied for Google in real life?  Would you hire them?  Sound off in the comments below

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About r361n4

I'm a student at the University of Washington Majoring Business. I've always loved movies and my goal is to work on the financial side of the film industry. Until then though, I figure I'll spare my friends from my opinions and shout them from a digital mountaintop for anyone who's interested. After all, if a tree falls in a forest and nobody blogs about it, does it really happen?
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16 Responses to 5 Reasons Owen and Vince Wouldn’t Be Hired At Google

  1. Nick Powell says:

    They do make it seem easy. And you know that Google just didn’t let this happen as much as they had to have SOME involvement (it was filmed on their campus). Obvious cash grab but still very bizarre. If it was that easy to get in, everyone would work at Google. I’m also curious as to how much their applications have skyrocketed since the film came out (not that no one saw it lol).

    • r361n4 says:

      Lol, the funny thing is that as a business major nothing in the movie was anything I hadn’t heard already about how awesome Google is to work for. At this point I’d think that most people know that, so the point of any “Product Placement” is sort of reduced. I do know for a fact that Google had influence on the matter (there are a lot of specific things that they contributed, like the “Googleyness” and the interview questions), but they weren’t exactly Executive producers. They could give their stamp of approval or disapproval, but they couldn’t tell them to go back and refilm it if certain aspects didn’t meet their expectations

  2. Minako says:

    Coincidentally, this is the first post that showed up on my reader after I just got back from watching this movie! I gotta say they are all good reasons…but by no means did I go into this film actually thinking it was going to be an accurate representation of the Google internship program. The whole time I was thinking “this would neverrrrr happen” but nonetheless I did enjoy the movie. It’s job was purely for entertainment purposes. Google also doesn’t make it’s interns play Quidditch against each other…but that scene in the movie was entertaining and funny, at least for me. Some movies you just have to put aside the aspect of “Could this really happen?” and sit back and enjoy the ride. Interesting article though, I think it will be interesting to find out how much of a spike the internship program at Google gets in applications next time!

    • r361n4 says:

      Lol, definitely fair enough. I guess I didn’t expect an accurate representation either but it’s hard to get over pet peeves like that sometimes. I was less concerned with the Plot issues than most were, I guess I just don’t understand why that’s the thing ruining the movie for a lot of people. I expect a cliche plot from a comedy so I’m not disappointed at all when it actually happens. Sad to hear Google doesn’t play Quidditch though, do you know somebody who works there or did that one get debunked some other way?

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. mettelray says:

    Since I’ll definitely watch this movie, I’ll not read this post just yet but I’m excited to see the movie! I kind of like Owen and I think Vaughn has his moments.. But my biggest motivator is Dylan O’Brien who’s hopefully going to be the funny guy of my generation.. He’s the one with the glasses in this movie. Was he good?

    • r361n4 says:

      His character was a bit dickish for the first half of the movie but he got way more interesting as it went along. The big problem with him is that they tried to make him a stand in for the cynicism in our generation and for a while it just comes across as plain old arrogant and mean. Definitely interested to hear what you think, not too many people have been reviewing this one so it’d be nice to see some more opinions 🙂

      • mettelray says:

        I wish I can go to the cinema soon.. I hope so. But I will like him in it anyway, and if his mean and dickish, then I’ll like him even more. 😀

  4. LOL. I think this list could begin and end with #3. 😉

    Technically, I don’t think they lied on their resumes about the University of Phoenix, though. I think in the movie, Billy says he registered them there, and that’s all the Google interviewers are asking is if they go to school. If they’re registered, I guess the answer is yes… at least that’s how the movie gets around it. 😮

    • r361n4 says:

      Sorry, I had meant specifically that they lied about Nick being a physics major. The lie was discovered when they asked him about physics and he had no response.

      That being said, #3 really is the only one that would matter here, lol

  5. Being comedians doesn’t help either 😀

  6. Great article. Ever since the trailer I was like, “there’s no way this would happen in the real world”. It’s almost like a fantasy film! They didn’t even know how to operate a webcam. COME ON!

    • Mary Joy says:

      I know right. Anyone would definitely want to be working in Google (if only it were that easy), specially if you’d know the benefits of working there. I heard it will even take 8 hours for an interview at Google. Wow! I bet their actual staff their are awesome and brilliant to even be hired after that extreme recruitment process. This are some of the other strategies that Google and other social media sites would use just to acquire that competent staff to join them – http://www.staff.com/blog/hiring-strategies-of-google-facebook-apple-and-other-tech-giants/
      Thanks for this article. I really enjoyed reading it.

      • r361n4 says:

        Glad to hear it, I liked the one you dropped a link to as well, I’m working at Amazon this summer so I’ve actually been through that application process 😀 Not quite the Google 8 hours, but a lot

        Thanks for dropping by!

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