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Google Intern Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 1, 2014
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Intern

I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Google in March 2014.

Interview Details – Applied on the last day possible. Heard back mid-March, had two Google hangout interviews. Recruiters were very friendly and professional.

Interview Question – 3 advantages of adwords.   View Answer


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Interviewed at Google

Interview Details – Process took 3 months, I had about 4 rounds of interviews

Interview Question – Describe your fave Google product   Answer Question


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Intern

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Google in September 2013.

Interview Details – Contact with recruiter, 2 technical interviews, 3 host matching interviews

Interview Question – Nothing difficult   Answer Question


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New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Google in February 2014.

Interview Details – Submitted my resume with an internal reference, then two general technical interviews, and then three placement interviews. All interviews are on the phone.

Interview Question – A question regarding how to make neural networks scalable with larger datasets   View Answer

Negotiation Details – It is quite direct.


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Mountain View, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Google in October 2013.

Interview Details – Two Google+ Hangout technical interviews and most of the questions are fairly easy. Failed to answer one of them but the others went quite smoothly. You can just give a simple answer at the beginning and optimize it step by step after that. Nice interviewers. Results come out the next day(which is surprisingly fast).


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I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Google in October 2013.

Interview Details – This is my third time applying to Google. I talked with them at the career fair and submitted my resume online. (I also had a Google employee submit my resume as well) I got an email the next day asking to schedule two 45-minute technical interviews over the phone. Both involved coding through Google Docs. The first one was okay and covered standard CS algorithms and data structures questions. The second interviewer forgot to call me, but we rescheduled for the following week. His interview consisted of a scenario pulled from a specific skill listed on my resume, and he watched as I described the design, implementation, and testing of that concept.

I received an email within about a week notifying me that I had passed the interview process and was moving on to the host-matching process. Google sticks you in this large pool of candidates from which potential hosts search for you based on a preference form that you fill out. They can also see your interview Google Docs. After about three weeks, I was notified that two teams were interested in interviewing me. I had both phone calls, and really liked one of them but the other one not so much. Regardless, my interviewer told me that both teams didn't see me as a good fit for the team. I was thrown back in the pool.

About one week later I got another email from my recruiter saying that someone was interested in me working on his team. I had a phone call with him and was notified within a few days that I got the job.

As I expected, the process is extremely long, but if you're patient, it could work out.

Interview Question – Unfortunately I cannot detail the specifics because I signed an NDA, but I will say that the questions were not terribly difficult provided that you are familiar with the standard interview questions for CS interviews and that you know all the skills you list on your resume. They definitely tailor the interview to what you list on your resume, so don't lie about that.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Google pays really well for interns. Negotiation would make me look like an idiot.


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Intern
Mountain View, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Google in January 2013.

Interview Details – It was much easier than people think. Everyone was friendly and easy going.


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I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – Gave resume to University recruiter, who forwarded it to the phone screening committee.
Phone screening committee scheduled a phone interview, during which I answered some behavioral questions and 4 programming questions.
I passed the phone interview, and then underwent host matching where project managers see if my profile is a good fit for their project.

Interview Question – What was the most interesting project you ever worked on?   View Answer

Reason for Declining – Other offer from company


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Intern Interview

Intern

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – Two 45 minute coding interviews.
When you pass the interview, there is a team match.

Interview Question – NDA   Answer Question


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Intern
Mountain View, CA

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – 2 coding/algorithm interviews + one matching interview

Interview Question – Find the largest rectangle with all 0s in an matrix with only 0 and 1.   View Answers (3)

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