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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Resources BP Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • No difficult questions, it was just about my background and experience   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    Slow but easy process. Nothing out of the ordinary.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Human Resources Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed 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 Questions
    • What I didn't expect was that they had me role play a phone interview of a potential candidate on the spot.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Human Resources Contract Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed 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 Questions
    • Tell me about a project you saw from creation through completion.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed 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.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you adjust our recruiting process?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Business Partner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • Specific details of examples of general phrases in my resume.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • At any given moment, how many planes are in the air?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Google in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    Many of the interviewers were not prepared and were reading my resume for the first time during the meeting. One person typed away on her laptop and barely looked at me the whole time. Most of the interviewers asked "Tell me about your background" which is such a vague question. Another interviewer was a little rude (flippant gesticulations) and asked silly questions like "What is your personality like?".

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 4 daysinterviewed 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 Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Training/Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Google in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    After submitting my resume through a friend via Google's internal system, about 1 month later I had a telephone interview with hiring manager lasting about 45 minutes, including questions from her to me, and from me to her. The questions were fairly straight forward -- give me examples of this and that, etc. The key take away is that the Google culture is very unique -- unstructured, no hierarchy, and that people need to be comfortable with this. If you've enjoyed working for a start-up or any sort of leaderless rebellion movement, then this is probably a good fit.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you solve [this challenge] given your previous experience?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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