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Updated Mar 26, 2014
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Scientific Role At Google But A Third Party On-off-shore Recruiting Company Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Mountain View, CA

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – I applied through an employee referral - Google assigned an on-off-shore company with Google email address to reach out me. I felt this recruiter was slippery and it turned out the recruiter deliberately gave false information over the phone.

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Interviewed at Google

Interview Details – Contacted by a recruiter. Did one phone interview and then a 1/2 day in person interview at Google HQ. Questions were not unexpected.

Interview Question – Case study questions   Answer Question

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Technical Recruiter
Austin, TX

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Google in November 2013.

Interview Details – Put me through several interviews and never bothered to follow up with me afterwards. I still have no idea if I am still in consideration or not. As a recruiter, this sours me on the company.

Interview Question – If I asked you to find the 5 best Java developers in Russia, how would you do it?   Answer Question

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Technical Recruiter

I applied online and interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – applied online. contacted via email.

Interview Question – Was all behavior questions.   Answer Question

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11 people found this helpful

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Technical Recruiter Interview

Technical Recruiter
Austin, TX

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Google in August 2013.

Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter after I submitted an online application. Revised my resume, got submitted, and was asked on-site for an interview. I met with a Google employee via web-conference for about 30 minutes, then a face-to-face interview for another 30 minutes. Briefly talked about my resume and the description of the job, but the questions were primarily asked to see your thought process around problems. No brain-teasers, just questions focused on determining how I would go about problem solving. All in all, a very straightforward process and not too intimidating.

Interview Question – I cannot remember the specific phrasing, but it was a question trying to elicit my thought process of how to find very unique information. And, how do you define success? How do you define hard work?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They offered me far more than I would have expected, so I simply accepted

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Recruiting Coordinator - Contractor Interview

Anonymous Employee
Austin, TX

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Google in September 2013.

Interview Details – Contacted by a non-local recruiting agency. Initial Google Hangouts screening with the recruiter. Next 2 days was contacted that Google would like to schedule me for a 2nd, phone interview the following week, however, quickly after, I received another call stating that Google wanted to bypass my phone screen and have me come in for a face to face interview. The face to face interview consisted of 2 separate interviews and 3 interviewers. The first was a 30 minute Video Chat with a manager at the headquarters in Mountain View and an recruiting coordinator. The 2nd interview was face to face with who would be my direct manager if hired.

Interview Question – Very difficult, thought process questions. Tell me about a time....What would you do if...What do you consider [blank]... Also asked several questions about my previous work experience with recruiting and why did I think I was a fit for Google. Why should we hire you?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – None negotiable. All salary was discussed with my recruiting representative. I was very happy with the compensation package.

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Technical Recruiter
Mountain View, CA

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – They call you with an initial talk with their staffing agency and discuss your resume, expected salary, etc. Then a google hangout or in person interview is set up to talk to the hiring managers for the position.

Interview Question – What are the three attributes you believe a successful technical recruiter should have?   View Answer

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Recruiting Coordinator Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Mountain View, CA

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Google.

Interview Details – I was contacted via employee referral for a Recruiting Coordinator role. I spoke with one person on the phone, then came in for a 2 hr onsite with the manager and a person on the team. They asked pretty standard personality and behavioral based questions. Here is why it stood out as a less than positive experience.

-10 minutes into the interview with the manager she asks my least favorite part of the job. Based on my response, which was not in the least bit a negative answer, she tells me, "I don't think you are going to be a fit for this position." Well, good to know, and this is why I withdrew my candidacy afterword, but it is a rather poor interview tactic to tell someone flat out that they won't like it before even asking other questions. Did she want me to get up and leave right there?

-My interview with the second person went very well but when I asked about the types of side projects and career development opportunities available he explained, "because I am a full time employee, I do side projects about 50% of the time, but as a contractor, you really only just schedule."

-Obviously the position wasn't going to be a fit, so shortly after the interviews, when invited back, I withdrew my candidacy. Best part of it all, I got an email 2 weeks later rejecting me for the role, even after I withdrew. Get it together Google!

Overall, I know Google is a great place to work but I was incredibly dissatisfied with the effort they put into treating their candidates with respect, contract or not.

Interview Question – She kept asking about my current company's policies on certain aspects of recruiting coordination and why we don't change them. She actually asked three times why we didn't change a certain policy that I had explained resulted in great candidate feedback. I didn't feel that my current company's policies were very relevant to the Google interview.   Answer Question

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Recruiting Coordinator Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Google in October 2010.

Interview Details – Had a phone interview with the Recruiter then went on-site.

Interview Question – Was given a computer to try a technical question which was unrelated to the job.   Answer Question

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Recruiting Coordinator Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Google in July 2013.

Interview Details – I had applied to this position on the fly as more of a "why not?" and ended up receiving an e-mail from a recruiter a week later to schedule a phone interview. I loved talking the recruiter and I felt really hopeful about my prospects of continuing onto the next round. She asked really basic questions about my resume, went over the job details, etc. In the end she asked to schedule a second round with me at the end of the call (a pleasant surprise!)

After this things got a bit murky since my HR contact would be unavailable for the next two weeks. I feel like this jeopardized my chances a bit but I can't complain.

My second round, as they had warned me, was a "problem solving" interview. I really had zero idea what to expect and online I was only able to find brain teasers. There are NO brain teasers. I was only asked two questions, one based off my resume and one related to the role. I guess I would call them behavioral questions but with much more detail. I don't want to state them here since I think that they were legitimate and more effective on their end to gauge a good fit.

In the end I was not called for a third round (I heard back in less than a week, which was nice). Since I had no HR experience I think my HR behavioral answer left much to be desired on their end. However, all interviewers were very nice, very open about the process and I felt happy the entire time despite the rejection. I hope to reapply for a different role in the future.

My only ask next time is that they don't switch HR contacts on me or wait for her to come back from vacation.

Interview Question – Two problem-solving questions.   Answer Question

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