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Enterprise Google Applications Technical Specialist Interview

Enterprise Google Applications Technical Specialist
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Google in May 2013.

Interview Details – I was referred internally by someone who knew me well, I had previous internship experience with Google with great internship reviews, and applied online for this particular position with a cover letter. Overall, Enterprise is very disorganized about their hiring process, unlike the rest of Google which seems to be pretty diligent and thorough.

I received an email from the hiring manager in Mountain View the day after I submitted my application. I then had a call with that person and it went great. The questions during the call focused on why I wanted to work with that particular team, background, etc. After about a week or so of going back and forth with the recruiter, they flew me to the closest Google office for onsite interviews with the members of the team at that location. I had 4 interviews and the questions ranged from troubleshooting skills, behavioral questions, internet/networking/email basics, nothing I wasn't prepared for given my technical background and extensive experience with technical troubleshooting.

3 days after the interviews, I get an email from the recruiter saying they want to move forward and that the next step is to prepare a 'packet' for the hiring committee. Enterprise has very few recruiters, and the few recruiters they have are not very responsive. I waited 2 months to hear back from the hiring committee, and the only reason I heard back was because I pressured them to make a decision on my 'packet' because I had another offer waiting. When I pressured them to make a decision, they all of the sudden needed to put me through one more interview to cover some concerns that the hiring committee had regarding my 'packet'. The interview was rushed, the interviewer was not very interested in the conversation, and it didn't go well. Hours later (More like 2 and a half months later), they finally told me they weren't going to extend an offer. Don't expect feedback or explanations on the hiring decisions.

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Strategy Lead for Google GTech Interview

Strategy Lead for Google GTech

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Google in March 2014.

Interview Details – Brief overview of the interviewer and their position and responsibilities which led into you talking about yourself. The interviewer opened up with question on our CV starting with your educational background and how this experience relates to the position you applied for. The interviewer followed up with questions on Master thesis topics and classes which led into your work experience. Q&A session was provided about 30 minutes into the interview for about 10 to 15 minutes after which the interviewer provide a case study to go over and asked a series of questions about the situation and ways to avoid the issues at hand and rectify the problems that arose.

Interview Question – How do you would fit in at Google?   Answer Question

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Privacy and Security Program Manager, Google Applications Interview

Privacy and Security Program Manager, Google Applications
San Francisco, CA

I applied through other source - interviewed at Google in February 2014.

Interview Details – I was contacted by Google recruiter (not 3rd party recruiter) through LinkedIn for this position. I expressed interest and begin emails conversation with him. I provided my resume as requested and answered the questions he had.

A few days later, he came back via email and said the Hiring Manager is curious about my experiences and asked for more question, which I promptly responded. A few hours later, the recruiter AGAIN emailed me the questions from the Hiring Manager. Keep in mind this is all via email, not even a phone interview. It's pretty hard to do this via email, but I did provided the answers, though it is a lengthy one. It has to because this is about Federal Security certification, it's not easy to explain.

Afterwards... none. No more email from the recruiter. My attempts to contact him via email and LinkedIn (he contacted me via LinkedIn, remember?) went nowhere.

I think it is not very professional for both the recruiter and the hiring manager to ignore me just like this, especially after I explained to them what will it take for Google to obtain Federal Security certification. If I am not qualified, I wouldn't mind a simple email notifying me of this.

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Google People Services Operations Coordinator Interview

Google People Services Operations Coordinator
Mountain View, CA

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – I was referred by an employee for the position. Did not have a phone screen, but went directly to a phone interview. It was about 40 minutes in length. The interviewer started by talking a little bit about herself and how the interview would go- she said she would two questions.

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Scientific Role At Google But A Third Party On-off-shore Recruiting Company Interview

Scientific Role At Google But A Third Party On-off-shore Recruiting Company
Mountain View, CA

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – I applied through an employee referral - Google assigned an on-off-shore company with Google email address to reach out me. I felt this recruiter was slippery and it turned out the recruiter deliberately gave false information over the phone.

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Google Engineering Practicum Intern Interview

Google Engineering Practicum Intern

I applied online and interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – I received an email that I had been accepted for on-campus interviews at my school. I had two 45-minute interviews with engineers. Problems were fairly straight-forward and dealt with basic string manipulation and path-finding.

Interview Question – I was asked to implement a procedure to evaluate the string representation of an arbitrary length expression that fit a supplied grammar.   Answer Question

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Google+ Community Partnerships Program Interview

Google+ Community Partnerships Program
Mountain View, CA

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – A friend of mine told me about a position opening up for the Google+ Community Partnerships Program. I applied through the friend and was contacted for an interview about a day later. Had one video interview and then was called for an in-office interview. the whole process only took about a week and a half.

Interview Question – what are the three biggest problems facing google today?   Answer Question

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Difficult Interview

Staff Engineer, Google X Interview

Staff Engineer, Google X
Mountain View, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at Google in July 2013.

Interview Details – 0) Applied via the reference of a longtime employee at Google. This was extremely useful because he could be a squeaky wheel to bother recruiting coordinators (of which there were exactly four!)
1) Phone screen. Great conversation- we just talked about my resume. Couldn't ask any questions about the position, work, team, etc, because Google X.
2) Waiting/scheduling game. They asked for three weeks (!) of availability. I did the best I could, but ended up having to fly home early because they chose the very first day (where I had hoped they would choose sometime in the middle of my date range).
3) Handed off from recruiter to coordinator to coordinator. Filled out the full paper application.
4) Full day of interviews on-site! I was interviewed by exactly NINE people, because they had a lot of 'shadow' interviews for new employees. Of the nine, I would say four were a joy to talk to, three were quiet/boring/had poor english language skills, and one guy was an utter jerk. Maybe he was having a bad day, but he kept on asking very general questions, then interrupting as soon as I began to answer to tell me that he didn't understand or that my answer was too general. Questions were generally open-ended and related to the position and my past experience.

Some personality questions, too, but the interviewers seemed generally confused about what the role would entail- the scope of what they assumed I would be doing spanned about five very different jobs, only about two of which I have the experience for and interest in doing.

5) Staffing coordinator begins to fail. Says he'll get back conclusively by a certain date. Fails to do so, but says it doesn't sound likely and that I'm not a perfect fit. I check in a couple weeks later, he says that I should take other offers if I have them, but he will get back to me soon for a final decision. I check in again after a couple weeks…he says the exact same thing. Still waiting, double digits weeks later. Bleh.

Interview Question – Would you be okay with working in Asia for a year straight? This is very important for our work right now.   View Answer

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Portfolio Manager, Google Giving Interview

Portfolio Manager, Google Giving

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – Despite internal referral and strong experience match the recruiter was typical (in a bad way) I am afraid. The assessment came from paper (resume) only and the interview was more an explication of lack of fit rather than including a single question about fit for the role or organization.

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Difficult Interview

Product Marketing Manager - Google Offers Interview

Product Marketing Manager - Google Offers
Mountain View, CA

I applied online and the process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at Google in July 2011.

Interview Details – 7/18/11 - Interview #1: Phone screen with Sales & Marketing Recruiter. Missed first scheduled meeting due to meeting overrun. Asked for college GPA scores and really wanted details about a scholarship that I received freshman year (from 9 years ago!). Thought it was pretty ridiculous, but I went with it.

7/21/11 - Interview #2: Phone interview with hiring manager for 45 min. Questions were the following:
• Why Google? What do you bring to Google?
• Why is Google pursuing the Offers business?
• Offers is hectic. Is this okay for you considering Wells Fargo is a huge process-oriented company?
• What would you do to differentiate the product?
• How attract new customers, drive loyalty, and repeat yield?
• How help merchants manage inventory/traffic?

[Radio silence from the recruiter until 8/11/11. I reached out via email on 7/26 and 8/2]

8/11/11: VM from recruiter asking me to come in for an on-site interview.

8/23/11 - Interview #3: 4 hour on-site interview with 4 team members. One interview was a video conference; the interviewer dialed in about 10 min. late and then it took another 5-10 min. to set up the video conference to work properly. Since it was only a 30 min. interview lasted only about 10 min. Interviewer gave me his phone number and email and asked me to contact him to schedule a follow-up discussion, which I did, but he never responded back to me.

*** One thing stuck out to me that really gave me pause about Google and my feeling of their lack of empathy and "Google should be your top priority at all costs complex." For this interview it was around the same time when my daughter was due (she was actually born a day after the interview). When I humorously told the recruiter that there was a chance that my wife could go into labor on 8/23 and that I would need to reschedule the interview, I was shocked that he didn't show ANY empathy - not even a word of congratulations. He didn't miss a beat and told me that if that were to occur then I should contact him immediately so that the interviewers could be informed as soon as possible. Frankly, I was completely shocked at the inflexibility considering my circumstances, and how patient I had been with the entire interview process a month in.

[Radio silence from the recruiter until 9/9/11 upon my reach out]

9/12/11: Spoke with recruiter. He informed me that I was their second choice. He was cordial and said that the team thought I was a exceptionally strong candidate and he would keep me in mind for other possible positions.

I reached out to the recruiter 2 more times through the first week of Oct. but never heard back from him again.

Interview Question – What factors go into calculating "allocated cost per acquisition" for Google Offers?   Answer Question

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