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Senior Operations Data Center Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Google.
Interview Details – The process is done with a group of managers and techs interviewing a single candidate at one time. Tech questions are not overly difficult for anyone of moderate skill.
Interview Question – Your attitude is the most important thing. Layoff any "fluffing" your experience. Tell it straight and have a personality. Don't be so nervous you can't talk. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Easily managed. I accepted their offer.
Partner Operations Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Google in May 2013.
Interview Details – 1 phone screen, 1 personality test, 4 onsite interviews
Finance and Operations Analyst/Project Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Google in September 2013.
Interview Details – Got a call from Google HR about an opportunity in their Fin-Ops organization. First interview was with HR for 30 minutes then a follow up google hangout interview with a manager. The weird part is that the candidate has no clue what job he is interviewing for, it is an open ended position. After a few days another HR person emailed to setup a meeting at Google HQ.
First interview with very scripted before I could give my 90 second pitch I was told to stop and only respond to the questions that are asked. Most of the questions were behavioral and some open ended question, like how would solve X problem where answer could be anything but interviewer had a specific answer in mind, which means your answers could be a hit or a miss. There case based questions about forecasting next year sales, I provided a data driven answer but interviewer was looking for "I will call everyone at Google to see what they were working on before making projections" and then one "googly" question. and What am I passionate about.
Second interview was similar to first where it was less about prior experience but more about responding to various situations. How did I handle conflict or disagreement. Then a case on how to gather information or implement large projects given a decentralized nature of Google.
Lunch Interview was interesting because I think both of my lunch buddies were forced to have lunch with me. One was polite enough but second's annoyance was apparent, I did my best to keep positive and ask questions about work life balance and opportunities for growth etc.
Third interview was great, he came with a script also but it was more about discussing my prior experience rather than "googly" questions. This was a great opportunity to learn about the job and talk more openly about how my skills are relevant.
Interview Question – Describe how you handled a difficult client or an argument with a co-worker Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
Customer Operations Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Google in July 2013.
Interview Details – I applied online and was contacted by the recruiter who did a standard phone screen. I didn't think I did that well and never expected to hear back. About a week later I got an email to set up a phone interview with the hiring manager. That phone interview took place about a week later. I felt like that interview went very well and within an hour of the phone interview they invited me out to Mountain View for the in person interviews.
The in person interviews were difficult. They really pick apart your resume so you better be able to speak to everything. It was a long, 5 hour day. Lunch with the hiring manager was nice and gave me the chance to ask questions. after lunch it was back to the interviews. The in person interviews were difficult because they are typing on their laptops the whole time taking notes. There is no eye contact so its hard to know how its going.
The next day, I got a call from the recruiter saying she got good feedback and was going to call my references the following week. A week went by and no one called my references, but, the recruiter called and said they wanted one more phone screen. I did that phone interview and again felt it went well. I got a call the next day saying I was selected to move forward. After that, lots of waiting and back and forth clarifying employment gaps, job changes, etc on my resume. This went on for a good week, still no call to my references.
I got a call saying they wanted to "move forward" with me and that it was ultimately up to the executive committee and that they would be calling my references. They FINALLY called my references and I guess it all went well. After another week, I got an offer.
Interview Question – nothing too difficult, just make sure you can speak to your resume. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation, just lots of waiting.
IT Operations Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Google in July 2011.
Interview Details – Google you're not a START-UP no-more.. so stop acting like one.. you've got nothing more to offer than just mighty dollar so please fork-up $$ just like anyone else. You've got no stock offering either...
Interview Question – why google View Answers (2)
Reason for Declining – was not offered as I asked market $$ and they refused to offer the job..
Very Difficult Interview
Manager, Online Sales & Operations Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Google in March 2009.
Interview Details – I just interviewed. Lots of questions about innovation topics.
Product Quality Operations Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Google in November 2013.
Interview Details – Campus hiring..smooth process.
Interviewed at Google office.
Relaxing atmosphere. HR tries the best to make you comfortable.
4-5 rounds each round is elimination
Interviewer briefs you about the role/responsibility, interview process and company brief.
Questions were mix of behavioral and technical design skills.
Interview Question – What is your biggest achievement to date...believe me I wasn't prepared for that...how dumb was I.
Moral: If you treat behavioral questions as a cake walk...watch out...you can fall prey easily.
Design questions and project/people mgmt questions went really well.
google vs bing comparision
gmail fraud and spam detection etc. generic ones.
Had a hard time defending the counter questions for the biggest achievement in my like..and lost the battle. Answer Question
Manager, Online Sales & Operations Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Google in June 2009.
Interview Details – LOTS of interviews.
Each stage looks for consensus.
Interview Question – I got asked a silly brainteaser, but those kinds of questions are not asked any more. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Little negotiation.
Manager, Online Sales & Operations Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Google in October 2011.
Interview Details – Interview process was just awesome. Though it was phone in, setting my apprehensions aside, it went well, the interviewer kept a cool head and most importantly i was able to do be tension free only because off his cool attitude. he gave me ample time to answer questions and there was no tension as a result and in the end i did the interview well. They asked questions starting from personal habits to aptitude, quant, verbals and knowledge(regarding Google, their products and offerings)
Interview Question – What would you do if a concert went awry(say the singer refused to come or a sudden engagement cropped up for the singer and couldnt do the concert)? View Answer
Reason for Declining – I preferred to opt for higher studies
Operations Program Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Google in April 2012.
Interview Details – I was contacted by a Google recruiter regarding the OPM position & had a brief phone interview with him. The recruiter mentioned that hiring manager is interested, and would like to set up a 45 minutes phone screen; however, in his Email, the recruiter only included the hiring manger's First Name, no Last Name and no Title. When I asked for additional details, he said that it's company policy not disclose any other information, and I can ask the hiring manager when I talk to him. Although the interview was not difficult, but due to the lack of information, this is a red-flag from the start....do I really want to work for a company that would not be willing to share critical information? Google should really look into improving this interviewing process to show some respect to their candidates & provide the necessary details.
Interview Question – Be prepared to answer behavioral & Project Management related questions. View Answers (2)
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