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Google Program Manager Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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Positive Experience

Average Interview

Program Manager Interview

Program Manager

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Google in May 2014.

Interview Details – An email from the Google recruiter to notify me that I have been selected by the hiring manager. I needed to confirm the schedule for the phone interview by the team.

Interview Question – Trivial technical question, basic definition of web programming. Either you remember or you don't.   Answer Question


3 people found this helpful

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Program Manager Interview

Program Manager
Mountain View, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Google in April 2014.

Interview Details – My interview with Google spanned a couple months. The first was for a Program Manager I didn't actually apply for (but was similar to one that I applied for). After an initial phone screen with the Recruiter, I was set up for a Google Hangout interview with the hiring manager and then they flew me out to Mountain View for a series of interviews with various people from the team, and a person from outside of the team. I ended up hearing back from them a couple weeks later that while the team had a lot of positive things to say about me, they didn't think it would be a good fit for the role. The Recruiter actually passed me onto another Recruiter, because they thought I would be a good fit for another role within the larger organization. It's great that they take the time to really think about where you would fit into the organization if they think you bring valuable skills and experiences to the table.

My second set of interviews went rather fast. I went through the same process of having a phone screen with the Recruiter, having a Google Hangout interview with the hiring manager, and then being flown out to Mountain View again. This time though, the Recruiter didn't get back to me with feedback until I emailed her twice. This kind of shows that the Google interview process is really hit or miss; sometimes you would end up with a great recruiter and other times, you'll get one that's pretty useless.

Interview Question – There wasn't any question that was really difficult or unexpected, but one of the senior leaders who interviewed me responded very argumentatively to my answers. I wasn't sure whether to actually launch into a full debate outlining the logic and reasoning behind my answers, or to just acknowledge her point of view and let it slide.   Answer Question


3 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Technical Program Manager Interview

Technical Program Manager

Interviewed at Google

Interview Details – Typical interview process. Started with a recruiter and then had a phone screen with someone in a product team. That was followed a couple of weeks later with an on-site interview. The interview process was long and tiring. It is a full day of meetings where they want to know two things. 1) do you know your stuff technically. 2) do you think and communicate logically.

Interview Question – Design a the server infrastructure for gmail.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I negotiated for signing bonus.


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Technical Program Manager Interview

Technical Program Manager
Mountain View, CA

I applied online and the process took 8 months - interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – The interviewing process is disorganized and painfully slow. I was contacted by a recruiter about 6 months after I submitted my resume. Then I was scheduled to do a phone screen with a peer who was also a technical program manager. It took one month to schedule that phone interview because the interviewer called in sick or took the day off, after it was scheduled two weeks in advance. Then it took about another two weeks to reschedule to speak with him.

The interview lasted 45 minutes and we talked a lot of general responsibilities and scenario based questions. Then it took about 5 to 6 weeks to hear back from the recruiter to see if another interview would be scheduled if there was an interest. During that time I followed up about every two weeks until finally they sent me an email to let me know they were pursuing other candidates

The craziness was in scheduling the interviews with people who did not have it as their priority and took their own sweet time. Imagine if it took me so long, i.e., one month to have a phone interview that they were taking forever to schedule other phone interviews with other candidates and dragging the process out.

Interview Question – I was asked if Google bought another company and those employees didn't want to move to the Mountain View campus how would I merge these two locations together via networks and systems. Also, questions about programming vulnerabilities such as cross site scripting and information security risk management.

Did I think I knew everything? No. Did the interviewer know everything? No. This goes to show you that interviewers are biased and think in their own little world, they ask a broad range of questions that they've already researched in advance and knew the answers to, but if I asked the interviewer my own set of questions he wouldn't be able to answer all of them either. We're even.
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4 people found this helpful

No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Privacy and Security Program Manager, Google Applications Interview

Privacy and Security Program Manager, Google Applications
San Francisco, CA

I applied through other source - interviewed at Google in February 2014.

Interview Details – I was contacted by Google recruiter (not 3rd party recruiter) through LinkedIn for this position. I expressed interest and begin emails conversation with him. I provided my resume as requested and answered the questions he had.

A few days later, he came back via email and said the Hiring Manager is curious about my experiences and asked for more question, which I promptly responded. A few hours later, the recruiter AGAIN emailed me the questions from the Hiring Manager. Keep in mind this is all via email, not even a phone interview. It's pretty hard to do this via email, but I did provided the answers, though it is a lengthy one. It has to because this is about Federal Security certification, it's not easy to explain.

Afterwards... none. No more email from the recruiter. My attempts to contact him via email and LinkedIn (he contacted me via LinkedIn, remember?) went nowhere.

I think it is not very professional for both the recruiter and the hiring manager to ignore me just like this, especially after I explained to them what will it take for Google to obtain Federal Security certification. If I am not qualified, I wouldn't mind a simple email notifying me of this.


2 people found this helpful

No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Supply Chain Program Manager Interview

Supply Chain Program Manager

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Google in February 2014.

Interview Details – I submitted a resume and heard back from its technical recruiter months later for a different opening (previous opening was filled). A phone interview was set up with the hiring manager. The phone interview was 45 min long. The interviewer was pleasant, intelligent, inquisitive. I was given information on multiple managerial roles and functions for which they are looking (there were several openings). I was informed, post telephone interview, there will be 4-5 onsite (including peer-based) interviews, each 45 minute long.

Interview Question – I was asked to share two challenging projects experience from a technical role and as a a change agent as well as to rank areas of expertise pertaining to planning, cost, product data management, quality, logistics, and compliance.   View Answer


2 people found this helpful

No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Technical Program Manager Interview

Technical Program Manager

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Google in January 2014.

Interview Details – Communication and followup were really poor.
Interviewing was quite broad based technical but not commensurate with day-to-day function

Interview Question – How would you figure out how many gas stations there are in the US   View Answer


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Program Manager Interview

Program Manager

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Google in October 2013.

Interview Details – The interviewing proces is very detail, thorough, and full of situational questions.

Interview Question – If situational questions are identified as most dificult, then most questions will be considered difficult   Answer Question


7 people found this helpful

No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Program Manager Interview

Program Manager
Mountain View, CA

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – Applied for Job online - submitted resume'
Contact by Google Recruiter - 15 min: brief introductions, job description, willing to relocate
Phone Screen - 45 min - general and specific questions about background and skills
On site Interview - 5 x 45 min interviews with a mix of people
Phone interview with hiring manager - 45 min - detailed questions about background

In general, the interviewing process was very well organized and very well communicated. Even though I did not get the job offer, it was probably the best interview I have ever been through. You have a lot of very sharp people asking very good questions. I actually enjoyed the process and would do it again. I did not get any of those crazy "Google" questions. It is my understanding that they do not do that anymore. I did, however, get lots of difficult, sort of, open ended questions that allowed you complete freedom to direct the answer. This can be good or bad. If you know the material it is good, if you don't and you are making stuff up, they will know it. You are better of saying that you do not know. Be prepared to be drilled with questions for 40 minutes of each interview and then have, maybe, 5 minutes to ask your own. For the onsite interview, you will have lunch (excellent food) with someone and it will be non-technical. That is your opportunity to ask all the general, culture and "perks" questions you will have.

The only negative was that every phone call I had, the person was 10-30 minutes late for the call. This left me waiting for them to call. Clearly you are on their time because they didn't always apologize for being late. I suppose this is to be expected. I got the impression that everyone was extremely busy.

Interview Question – Tell me when you created something from nothing...   Answer Question


5 people found this helpful

No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Technical Program Manager Interview

Technical Program Manager

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – Applied online and within a week I received an email from the recruiter. The recruiter asked for a couple of date/times for a phone interview with a team member from Google. Had the phone interview, but it was very hard to hear the person as they were on speaker phone. This really created a bad reverberation effect on the call. The person said they really enjoyed the call and said I should move onto the next step in the process. After waiting a couple of days, I reached out to the recruiter and they said they should know something in a few more days. After 10 days went by the recruiter sent email saying they decided to go with other applicants.

Interview Question – Nothing really difficult, just situational types of questions. What did you do on x project, etc. No brain teasers.   Answer Question

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