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Updated Feb 21, 2014
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Human Resources BP Interview

Human Resources BP
Mountain View, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Google in August 2013.

Interview Details – A recruiter contacted me about this position. After a phone screen with her, I attended 3 more 1:1 interviews over the course of 3-4 weeks. After my final 1:1 interview, they told the recruiter to keep me warm (I think she must have heard keep me in the dark!) and they will let me know next week. However, 2-3 more weeks passed and I didn't hear anything. I'd email the recruiter to see if there's any update and rather than replying and saying "Not yet", she didn't email back at all. So I'd call her later in the week but then she told me off for asking so often. But if you emailed back, I wouldn't have to chase you twice... After that I let a week pass by without contacting her and eventually I did again. At that point, she said they hired someone else.

My recruiter was not helpful at all. When I asked for interview tips, she said to go with an "open mind". Then they/she wouldn't give me a contact so when I arrived, I couldn't sign in and therefore, they wouldn't let me into the building.

Even when she said she'd follow up for me, I now doubt she did.

I understand not notifying 1st round or maybe even 2nd round candidates that they didn't make it - but I think when you are beyond the halfway mark, you should be notified when they don't choose you. Candidates do tonnes of research when you get to the final rounds and I think not notifying and giving feedback is cruel and disheartens people looking for work. Plus, you'll never know how to improve. I feel like Google's interview process was arrogant and unhelpful. They asked me questions during my interview - that was unrelated to the role - about something else I did at my previous company that was on my resume. And the interviewer said she asked because they are also thinking about doing the same thing there. So they ask you stuff to get ideas from you, but then they don't give anything back to you if they don't choose you!

Not a good experience at all. It's funny to think that I've been to big, small, and medium-sized, local and multinational company interviews and every one of those was neater and lovelier than the way Google treats it's candidates. Who'd have thought.

Interview Question – No difficult questions, it was just about my background and experience   Answer Question

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Human Resources Interview

Human Resources
Mountain View, CA

I applied through other source and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – Slow but easy process. Nothing out of the ordinary.

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Human Resources Associate Interview

Human Resources Associate
Mountain View, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Google in February 2011.

Interview Details – Was contacted by a recruiting firm regarding a contract position. Standard interview, none of the hard/tricky questions that others had experienced and posted about on the web. Questions were very straight forward and typical.

Interview Question – What I didn't expect was that they had me role play a phone interview of a potential candidate on the spot.   Answer Question

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Human Resources Representative Interview

Human Resources Representative
Mountain View, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Google in March 2009.

Interview Details – Standard phone call followed by a visit to the Google offices in Mountain View. The site is impressive.

Interview Question – Hiring rep was younger than me by 10 years. The hiring process at Google is weighted heavily in favor of younger candidates. Once it was clear I was too old, the rep was just going through the motions and my interview was very brief.   Answer Question

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Human Resources Interview

Human Resources
San Jose, CA

The process took 4 days - interviewed at Google in April 2010.

Interview Details – intereviewed with a recruiter who knew less about the company than I did!! She asked me all kinds of questions about what Google products I use- not sure how that related to the job. I was very excited about the opportunity, but after talking with her, I was not at all impressed with Google- based on my interaction with her.

Interview Question – what was your GPA in College?   View Answer

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Human Resources Manager Interview

Human Resources Manager
Mountain View, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Google in June 2009.

Interview Details – Recruiter asked several questions related to job. These ranged from very basic to take 10 seconds to really think about a thought provoking question. Thier focus seemed to be someone who spoke organizational development and not someone who was a generalist (which is what the job descriptions was written as). While the interview seemed fine, the last question at that time was what was your college GPA... that was 15 years ago for me. I'm sure it's not at the level they wanedt to hear, but when I couldn't answer the question with an exact number, the recruiter switched to get of the phone mode. They might as well asked me what my high school locker combination was- it's about as relavent a question related to how I do my job 15+ years out of school.

Interview Question – Describe your overall OD experience? Site specific examples of how you implemented new processes and convinced senior leadership to back them.   View Answer

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Human Resources Contract Position Interview

Human Resources Contract Position
New York, NY

The process took a day - interviewed at Google in October 2010.

Interview Details – Phone interview was going really well and I was getting positive signals from the interviewer until they asked my undergraduate GPA. I have two Master's degrees, with GPA above 3.7. My undergrad GPA was low (below a 3.0) and once the interviewer heard this, the interview was pretty much over. It's silly to weed out people based on outdated and irrelevant information.

Interview Question – Tell me about a project you saw from creation through completion.   Answer Question

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Human Resources Manager Interview

Human Resources Manager
Mountain View, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Google in August 2010.

Interview Details – Horrible process, was told numerous times they were proceeding but then they didn't call for a month then booked another face to face and then told it was going forward again and no contact for a month. Finally I sent a note saying I assume this is not going forward and 2 weeks later they responded saying it wasn't but they would like to stay in contact. No thanks.

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Human Resources Business Partner Interview

Human Resources Business Partner
Mountain View, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Google in August 2010.

Interview Details – Came in several times to meet several people. THe recruiters were conscientious, polite, and very good. It just takes so long to get through the process...

Interview Question – Specific details of examples of general phrases in my resume.   Answer Question

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Human Resources Interview

Human Resources
Mountain View, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Google in June 2010.

Interview Details – The initial interview consisted of a phone interview from the company recruiter. He asked basic questions off my resume which were not too difficult to answer. He said that if I made it to the next step that I would be expected to come in and have a one to one interview. I was warned that the interview would consist of (besides the normal questions on my past experience) brain teaser questions to test my thinking. I did get invited to the next interview in person and the interviewer was very nice, seemed to be extremely well versed on my background and asked an estimation question such as how many golf balls would fit into a bus sort of thing. My impression of the googleplex is that everyone is super intelligent, well education and searching for people who fit in.

Interview Question – At any given moment, how many planes are in the air?   View Answer

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