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Google Legal Assistant Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Feb 6, 2014
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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Google in October 2013.

Interview Details – Got an email to set up an initial phone screen. Phone screen went really well, the woman was casual and pleasant, she asked me pretty routine questions: What have i been doing since i graduated? Tell about myself a bit. Why google? Etc. I think the only mildly difficult question in this round was: What have you seen in the news lately related to Google legality?

Got through phone screen and scheduled a second round interview for a weekish later. Second round was tough and where i failed. They asked me three questions one of which i cant remember. She prefaced them with, "i'm going to ask you three questions and for each one i want you to clarify what needs to be better defined/figured out in order to solve the question, list out some recommendations for a solution and finally provide a recommendation and why.

The questions were:

A) Tell me about a time you had to go ahead on a project but you were missing integral data?

B) If a celebrity were to sue google for a pornographic/indecent photo that was found online how would you precede?

Interview Question – B) If a celebrity were to sue google for a pornographic/indecent photo that was found online how would you precede?   Answer Question

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Legal Assistant
Mountain View, CA

I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Google in July 2012.

Interview Details – Recommended by a friend, had a phone interview, and then an onsite with the team

Interview Question – If I deemed certain rules/behaviors would better a persons situation would I force them to assume them even if they didn't want to.   Answer Question

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Legal Assistant Interview

Legal Assistant

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

Interview Details – The initial phone call going over the resume. A phone call about a week later for an interview, talking about the traditional interview questions such as a time you had to do something repetitively, how you kept it interesting. During the final interview, do your RESEARCH! Know everything about the position you are applying for and the department it is in. Even know the names of the people in charge and their position titles.

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Legal Assistant, Patent Interview

Legal Assistant, Patent
Mountain View, CA

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Google in February 2011.

Interview Details – The recruiter was very friendly and my overall experience with Google was positive. I wasn't asked anything particularly difficult to answer, mostly an overview of my resume and typical questions about my background. I was not selected to move past the phone interview stage, and I was not provided with a reason other than the run of the mill "unfit" answer.

Interview Question – Did I enjoy my experience at my university?   View Answer

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Legal Assistant
Mountain View, CA

The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Google in March 2010.

Interview Details – Recruiter was very nice. I had an on-site interview with a couple of the current employees, but they mostly talked amongst themselves and didn't really ask me any questions.

Interview Question – What would you improve?   Answer Question

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Legal Assistant (German) Interview

Legal Assistant (German)
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Google in April 2013.

Interview Details – I applied for the post after seeing it advertised on linked in, by sending my CV and cover letter to Google HR. I was contacted within two days asking to complete a German language test. The test was a response to a complaint about Google's privacy policy. I obviously passed this because I was asked to attend an interview the following week in London. The first thing I had to do was complete another timed German language test. This was written and was a series of responses to complaints or requests to take down online material. They were looking for fluent German language skills and an appropriate response. After this I had two interviews via video conference, the first one was with the Dublin office and the second was with the New York office. The Dublin office interview was conducted by two women in their thirties, I think they were both Italian. The woman who led the interview was doing one of the Legal Assistant jobs (which is apparently how they conduct interviews normally- get someone who is doing the job already to interview). The post which was not very well described on the job ad was basically responding to Germans who were asking for a 'take down request' or complaining about the privacy policy. Apparently, they have standard letters which they send out, so its not a complicated job you normally just have to find the appropriate response but occasionally they have something which is legally interesting.

The salary itself was not advertised but looking at glassdoor I would say it would have been between 26-32k. However, I was asked questions such as 'If you were responding to a take down request from Iran about the Holocaust (since it is illegal to admit the Holocaust in Iran) what would you do?' And how would Google be legally implicated if it did or did not respond to this request. I have watched the Eric Schmidt youtube videos and he responds to questions like this by saying you should take down offensive material (because Google considers itself a morally grounded company - their office slogan being 'don't be evil'.) But he also says that some issues are for government to decide, that the internet will be more regulated in the future. I responded by saying some of this. I enjoyed the conversation, obviously they were trying to push me and see if I was able to think on my feet. I have an academic background and so for anyone who has discussed a text in a seminar with someone particularly belligerent it was pretty much like that. It was also important for them to find out that I had 'good values', they wanted to know if there was anything that particularly angered me or that I had protested about. I have and I talked about feminism.

The second interview was with the legal manager in New York. He was German and had a background in music so was totally unphased that I had a background in humanities. I thought he was a bright guy and he asked me why I thought Germans were more sensitive about privacy settings, for example most Germans opt out of having their house on streetview, and I gave him something glib about the fact that the information of so many had been in the hands of so few during fascism and communist rule and had been terribly abused. He agreed entirely.

Overall the interviews were at times political, sometimes historical, at times technical and legal but they asked open questions as google are famous for. They asked questions which have no 'right answer' and which Googles CEOs are currently struggling with. Questions which are far above the 28-32 pay bracket, which is ever so slightly pretentious given that 90% of the time the post was about sending out the corresponding response to common requests.

I didn't hear back from google which was a real surprise because I thought the interview had gone really well and I wrote them two emails to ask what had happened with my application. I am qualified to work in the field of law and together with the PhD they suggested in the interview that I was overqualified but it could also have been that I struggled with the open question about the Holocaust because I didn't think that a legal assistant had the scope to make that sort of decision. Perhaps thats the hub of it, from what I have read about Google, they want everyone to be in the mindset of making the big decisions. So my advice to anyone who goes for an interview at Google just think 'I am Eric Schmidt, I am Eric Schmidt.'

Interview Question – Someone from Iran contacts you to take down information admitting the Holocaust, what do you do?   View Answer

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Legal Assistant Interview

Legal Assistant

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – In general you have a basic recruiter phone call going over your resume, a second more in-depth interview, then final interviews, back to back, with different team members.

While the recruitment process was fine at first, I ultimately had a very bad experience. After the final interviews, the recruiter called to inform me I got the job, but became pushy when I said I was considering other job offers. The recruiter's attitude was quite rude, like they didn't want to waste time on me if I wasn't 100% sure about the offer. There were attempts to corner me into a verbal commitment even though there'd be weeks before the final offer. In the end, I was shocked by the passive aggressive, bullying attitude. I understand Google is aiming for quick/efficient hiring, but there's ways to be polite about this....

Interview Question – What are your three strengths and three weaknesses?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – See my summary of the hiring process. I had a good competing offer elsewhere, and I have to say my bad experience with Google recruitment was a factor in my decision.

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