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3D Artist Management Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Google.
Interview Details – First, you're contacted by a HR person, and they check your availability. Then they schedule an interview with a second person. This person seems to be sort of an intermediate HR person with some technical knowledge. For this first interview, there's a shared Google doc where they will test you for any technical skills (specifically programming) to ensure that you know how to do what you said you could. After that, presuming that you don't blow it, they schedule an interview with the program manager of that department. Since this job had management aspects, I was mostly grilled on my management experience.
Interview Question – what are the 5 stages of a project View Answer
Demand Management Associate Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
Interviewed at Google
Interview Details – Consists of one call with recruiter, one phone-screen, and an onsite. Everyone was nice and pleasant throughout the process. Focused on questions to gauge your experience and knowledge of the product. Overall was a good experience with a company that expects the best. Process did take a while though.
Interview Question – Why do you want to work here? Answer Question
Product Management Internship Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Google in February 2014.
Interview Details – I was contacted by an HR in early December to apply. Applied immediately and heard back from them in early February. Two rounds of phone interviews, 50 mins each.
Interview Question – Unexpected: If you had to fit your entire MBA curriculum into a month, how would you go about it? Answer Question
Supplier Management Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Google in September 2013.
Interview Details – Slow,12 wks. Takeaway: sluggish company. Team lacked interview skills. Hiring mgr walked in front of me entire time, had me follow behind like a pet. Kept saying he was stretched for time. Came across as arrogant, frazzled leader. Poor reflection of Google's brand & leadership. No thx Google
Interview Question – Surprisingly, all basic questions. Important however, to know the commodity and supplier landscape - will be asked to summary of current market. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
Product Management Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Google in June 2013.
Interview Details – 1. Recruiter screening phone call
2. PM phone interview
3. Onsite interview
4. Recruiter collects feedback
5. If you still alive, hiring committee will then decide your fate
All is all, the recruiters were pleasant to deal with, and professional.
Interview Question – Nothing really difficult, but I'd recommend really knowing their monetization model.
Quite a bit of analytical questions, product design, monetization, and general product understanding Answer Question
Media Management Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Google in March 2011.
Interview Details – submitted my resume on their website in late November. Got an email from the recruiter in late January and did a phone interview within 2 weeks after the contact. Scheduled for an on-site interview in early March and then got my offer at the of March.
I didn't go through a phone interview with the recruiter, but instead the manager of the team I was potentially going to be hired in. the 1:1 interview was with 3 people who were in the same org. I didn't get asked any brain teasers or technical questions because they were aware that I didn't have any experience and I was a college grad.
Interview Question – what would you do if your campaign is supposed to end this friday, but it's not delivering as expected. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – tried to negotiate, but no use
Senior Engineering Management Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Google in April 2011.
Interview Details – I tried to apply for a Director or Senior Director job at Google through employee referals - I knew several employees and they all highly recommended me. Google seems ill equipped to hire Senior Management folks at the Director/VP levels - they may have a separate external recruiting firm for this but I could not figure this out. The internal recruiters whom I worked with did try and find a match and finally found one position called Engineering Manager that I may be a fit for. I was much more senior - but I was curious to check Google out and compare it to the other VP of Engineering offer that I had received from a start up. I had also heard good things about Google as a great place to work, etc. - all the usual stuff you read everywhere.
Anyway about the interview, I first got a call from a Director level person and I easily passed his Computer Science style interview which talked about algorithm complexity, etc. I was invited for an in person interview and was looking forward to it. But the experience with 6 face to face interviewers left a lot to be desired. Frankly the way I was treated was "professional" but "cold". There was absolutely no attempt made to learn about me or my skills or what I brought to the table. All the interviews except one were straight standard out of the book tech Q&A. My situation was that I was very technical but had focused my career on management and not written code for several years. Their interview was tailored along newbie manager lines. They asked algorithm and design questions all of which I answered. One of the guys asked me if I wanted to write code for one of my solutions and I politely refused saying that I was not interested in writing code at this stage of my career. Another question I did not get was related to performance - it was a good problem with a creative solution but somehow my brain did not go towards the right solution. I did pick it up after I got hints but I suppose that was not good enough.
Anyway to cut the long story short, I did not get the offer since I am sure they thought I was not technical enough but from my side I never would have worked for a company that was so clueless during the interview process. The process treats everyone the same - they don't care about you, they only care if you can get their questions and I suppose that have strong faith in that process. Good luck to them.
Vendor Management Specialist Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 1 week - interviewed at Google in April 2011.
Interview Details – Overall I would say that my experience was negative.
I was contacted via email by an internal recruiter to schedule a preliminary phone interview. During the conversation I was informed that a more detailed position description would be sent to me electronically at the call’s conclusion. At the end of our 45-minute conversation I was never sent the position description even though I sent a follow up email to the recruiter.
Approximately one week passed and I received a vague rejection email stating that the “team” had reviewed my qualification and would be moving on with other candidates (i.e. my salary requirements were too high).
Interview Question – How have you improved training and quality within a call center? View Answer
Management Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Google in July 2012.
Interview Details – indpro eng. services pvt ltd.pune based company.less employees.infrastrucure was good. giving less salary.
Interview Question – about yourself?about family backgroud? View Answer
Reason for Declining – less salary
Management Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Google in April 2011.
Interview Details – Interview process consisted of 2 rounds of interviews. First Interview mostly covered basics of Google business model, knowledge about google adwords, awareness about Google's product, marketing ideas of some of the Google's products and few maths puzzles. Second interview had macro level issues faced by Google and way of resolving them. Guess estimate type questions, more maths puzzles.
Interview Question – How many barbers are there in Delhi? It was one of the guess estimate questions asked. View Answer
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