Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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1 HR screening phone call, 1 phone interview, 1 Skype/in person interview. Behavioral and strategy based questions - not brainteasers but open ended questions where they test how you think!
- Describe a situation where you didn't get along with your co-workers Answer Question
Other Interview Reviews for Google
Intern InterviewAccepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Google in February 2015.
Applied online in Fall 2014 first, then networked to receive an employee referral, and interviewed in February 2015 (two 30-minute phone interviews back-to-back)
FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN A NON-TECHNICAL INTERNSHIP:
My interview process was less than 3 weeks between scheduling the interview and getting an offer, but I'd actually been preparing for the application since August 2014. I applied as a college junior for a business internship for summer 2015. Above all, my advice to all applicants is do your research on the company and know your story. The company takes on hires from all majors, so don't get too caught up in your GPA or awards (unless they are crucial parts of your story). I can break it down, by stage:
- Research the company mission statement and keep up with its initiatives
- Read books about the company** (most people don't do this, but the books actually tell you a lot about how to interview and be successful at the company)
- Reflect on your experiences and personal goals and connect these to a passion for some Google initiative
- Be prepared to articulate this every time you network with someone from the company, don't waste time asking questions about hours or the perks since this info won't help you get in and is probably online somewhere
- See when/if Google is on campus- GO.
- LinkedIn will truly become your best friend throughout this process
- Keep track of application deadlines
- Your resume is the most important part, use your career centers to get it reviewed and perfect
- Quality over quantity in your resume, if you didn't shine in the experience, don't put it down. Also, don't feel pigeon-holed by your experiences, it's all about how your market yourself and connect that experience to Google's values
- Don't bother with a cover letter
- If there's an essay, just be true and direct- you can have fun with it
- Clean up your online presence and use Google's products
- Still network with LinkedIn and your career center to network and find people
- Still read company books
- Ask your connections thoughtful questions about their company experiences and be sure to articulate how Google fits into your larger goals
- Use Glassdoor for practice interview questions
- Do lots of mock interviews with your career center, friends and family
- Learn everything you can about the department you're interviewing for
- In interview, don't be afraid to pause and think if you need to. Explain your answer logically
- Ask the recruiter thoughtful questions
- Don't ever, ever ask anything that's Google-able :)
- Thank the recruiter and ask them to forward the thank yous you've written to your interviewers
- Whatever happens, you will be okay and this process will teach you a lot about yourself
If it's hard to find alums from your school, then be fearless and email someone you find on LinkedIn. Be brief in your message, explaining that you found them on LinkedIn, you think their work/department is super rad, and you want their advice on how to push forward at Google. This is advice that is definitely out there, but not a lot of people will take it seriously- maybe because they are too caught up in the Google prestige instead of thinking about the work this company is trying to do. Good luck.
- Resume, Behavioral Questions, Brain Teaser Answer Question
Intern InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Google.
I Applied online through their website. heard back from them in 1 week (or 2), which was quite surprising. the guy who schedules my interviews was very nice and answered all my questions regarding the interviews. I had 3 phone interviews each with a different Googler. the first two were really good and the interviewers helped me to get the correct answers and were quite nice and patient. the third one was not so good though as I had difficulty understanding the guy (he had a very strong accent).
- no can do. The questions were quite straightforward though, just need to know how to code in C++ and have a bit of experience in solving routine questions (like string proccesing). Answer Question
Intern InterviewAccepted OfferPositive Experience
Applied online by submitting resume. Straightforward process involving two phone screens. Afterwards there was an intern-host matching process. Overall the process took about three months including the host matching process.
- Standard algorithm and data structure questions. Answer Question
Intern InterviewDeclined Offer
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Google.
The Interview Process was grueling. What I was initially told was that I would perform two interviews: One technical over the phone, and then if they liked me I would fly out to California for a final interview at the Google Campus. This process however was dragged out to a total of 4 technical interviews that left me exhausted and completely disinterested in the company.
- Can we call you back for another interview? 2 Answers
Reasons for Declining
The process was more than outlined and was not something I would recommend
Intern InterviewDeclined OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Google in September 2014.
Recruiter reached out to me after I was recommended by a former intern. The whole process took < 2 weeks. I had two back-to-back phone interviews, an hour each. Most of the time was spent solving two coding problems each interview, with a few culture-type questions at the end. I got an e-mail a day later with an offer.
- Merge n sorted arrays using an integer stream as the output. Answer Question
Intern InterviewDeclined OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Google in April 2014.
This is for product manager intern. Two 45-minute phone call interviews with two different product managers, back to back. I applied on the website and got an invite to interview in my email a few weeks later. The process of scheduling the interview was quick and painless with quick responses.
- They asked the usual PM questions. Be ready to talk about a product you like and about google's services. I was asked how I would modify Google Maps in Japan to appeal more to teenagers there. Be ready to do market sizing and strategy questions. The second interview was mostly behavioral questions and talking through your resume. Answer Question
Intern InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 5+ months – interviewed at Google in March 2014.
Applied on the last day possible. Heard back mid-March, had two Google hangout interviews. Recruiters were very friendly and professional.
- 3 advantages of adwords. 1 Answer
Intern InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Google (New York, NY) in February 2014.
Submitted my resume with an internal reference, then two general technical interviews, and then three placement interviews. All interviews are on the phone.
- A question regarding how to make neural networks scalable with larger datasets 1 Answer
It is quite direct.
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