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Updated Feb 6, 2015
Updated Feb 6, 2015
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    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    Lengthy process - took place with 3 rounds of Google Hangout Interviews. The interviews tested various questions including skills, abilities, prior experience, "googleyness" and problem solving questions. All interviews were later than they were supposed to be. Long lengths of time between each interview feedback - also understand that I was hired through a staffing firm.

    Interview Questions
    • General problem solving questions - looking for you to break down each component into detail.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not that bad - easy enough to gain increase to hourly rate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Contract Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    If you can get to the interview process for a contract it is pretty easy actually. Two Hangout interviews and you are done. In and out in an hour, it is getting to that point that is really the difficult part.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was none. You would be smart to set a high expectation for hourly rate the very first time you talk to your agency.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Recruiting Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Google in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    After I received an internal reference, a University recruiter got in contact with me and requested additional information (transcripts, etc.) Soon after, maybe a couple of days, I was told that I had a phone interview with someone from the larger People Ops team. They say it's a "phone screen" but that's not true at all - it's a full blow interviews with "tell me a time when..." and "what would you do if..." type questions.

    Two weeks after that I still haven't heard anything back from them. I had to reach out to my recruiter several times before I finally got her to call me. She told me that they would like to fly me out to interview on site in California.

    I originally applied for one job, but by the time they started planning my trip, that position got filled. I still flew out and interviewed for a different position though, which was nice. They are not very good with planning things as they kept changing the interview dates and times on me, but were finally able to agree on one.

    The traveling was fine, and hotel was nice, the car rental was convenient. I had 3 30 minute interviews with different people of the hiring group. The questions weren't that difficult - tell me about a time when, or what would do if. These questions pertained to the responsibilities that a recruiting coordinator might encounter. They were really looking for creative answers. After the interviews I had a debrief with the recruiter. She said she would get in contact with us in 2 days and tell us if they wanted to present my candidacy to the hiring committee.

    2 days later and I still haven't heard anything. I had to reach out to her and then she called me. It was nice that she called to tell me that they weren't going to move forward with my application and that in maybe 1-2 years I should reach back out to her again.

    Overall thoughts: the recruiting coordinator that I met with at the beginning of my interviews already had 6 years of prior experience before interviewing for the same job I am interviewed for, and I haven't even graduated college yet. I don't quite understanding their thought process when you have people competing for the same position yet one has years upon years of experience. They are also not really good at meeting deadlines or stated goals. I had to reach out to my recruiter several times throughout the entire process to request a status update on my application. Overall, it wasn't a bad experience, just way too long.

    Interview Questions
    • What does your university do to attract and retain talent?
      You are working on a team and you over-committed to tasks and can't deliver on your promise. What do you do and how do you mitigate that in the future?
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Recruiting Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Google in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, then received a note requesting transcripts and to fill out a candidate profile. Then was offered a chance to phone screen. Of course, I was excited about this opportunity. Had the phone screen which was extremely brief. Including questions like "tell me about a time you completed a project at work or school" and "tell me about your greatest achievements". Those were the only 2 questions I was asked aside from going over some housekeeping information. I sent over a thank you email and received an email saying she would share my info with the hiring team. Got an email a few days later saying they've decided to move forward with other candidates at this time. I completely understand what it is like being a recruiter and how difficult it is to send these notes, as well as how many applicants they receive and how many impressive candidates they speak with. However, when I asked for constructive feedback to help continue my personal development and growth (which I assumed a company like Google would be all about), I received a copy and pasted version of the same rejection email with one added sentence saying "I can't provide specific feedback". This was definitely a turn off for me, and although the rejection email encouraged to apply in the future, it appears the company culture that they preach isn't exactly accurate....still a great company but I definitely feel like there's a lot of talk and not a lot of walk.....

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Recruiting Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was shocked to hear back from a recruiting specialist. I thought resumes at Google go into a black hole unless someone refers you. Anyways, she wanted to set a time to chat about the role. It was easy to schedule, and we spoke within a few days, and I was moved onto the second phone interview. I was provided with a lot of detail of how the interview process worked but was given conflicting information from the RC and recruiting specialist on what the 2nd phone interview was really about. I felt like I didn't do too well on that second interview.

    Two days after the 2nd phone interview, I received a call saying I wouldn't be moving forward. Overall, I felt like I was treated with respect and really appreciate how quickly they were moving.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if a candidate was scheduled to interview at another office and you get a call that the car picking them up didn't arrive at the airport?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Recruiting Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Google in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online on November 4th and was asked to schedule a phone interview via the recruiter's calendar on November 10th, which in my opinion was surprisingly fast for a large company. During the phone interview, I was asked a few straightforward questions such as "Why this role?" and "Tell me about your biggest success." I received an email around 36 hours later stating the hiring team will not be moving forward with my candidacy.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me when... questions. Be prepared with multiple stories to talk about that can be used to answer any of the questions asked of you.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Google in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Background

    I submitted my resume through Nelson staffing on LinkedIn on a Wednesday. I was contacted by a Recruiter the next day. We discussed my experience and she informed me of the different positions that she was currently working on and thought my background best matched a Technical Recruiting position at Google. The following day (Thursday) , I was contacted by another Recruiter at Nelson. We also discussed my background and experience and she told me she would submit my resume to the hiring manager.

    Phone Interview

    One of the Technical Recruiting Leads called me the next day (Friday) for our scheduled phone interview. The phone interview was fairly standard. He asked me how many positions I work on simultaneously. One analytical question he asked me was how I would go about sourcing for five software engineers. He also asked me how many people I expected to call to source for these five positions as well as how many resumes I would send to the managers. He also asked what I was passionate about and what I enjoyed doing outside of work. I was contacted by my second Recruiter at Nelson to coordinate an on-site interview on Monday.

    On-Site Interview

    On Friday of the following week, I was set for my on-site interview, which I was told would consist of three 1-on-1 interviews with three different Recruiting Leads. Each individual interview lasted 30 minutes long and they were held consecutively with no breaks. The interviews themselves got progressively worse as the day went on. I would definitely offer a five minute break between interviews to use the restroom or whatnot. Another Glassdoor review noted that he was extremely tired by the third interview. I completely agree. It is a bit tiring to talk about yourself with no break for 90 minutes straight. Expect each of them to bring in a laptop and to type on it while you answer their questions.

    1) First manager - Friendly - The first interview went well. It was almost conversational and extremely fluid. Standard questions about my experience and my interests.

    2) Second manager - Disinterested - Asked me the same questions as the first interviewer but the second interviewer seemed extremely uninterested in what I had to say. It was hard to tell if she was actually listening to the content of my responses and she would even repeat back everything I would say in the form of a question, which came off as very trivializing. She also hardly looked at me when I would answer. Her eyes were mainly focused on her laptop while she was typing. One question that she asked me was, "If Mountain View was the only Google office location, where in the United States would you open a second office and what factors would go into that decision making?"

    3) Third manager - Arrogant - The third interviewer came off as extremely arrogant and uncomfortable. He interrupted me several times when I would answer his questions. He also had this pensive look on his face after each of my responses like he doubted my answer. It was fairly condescending. He did ask me two difficult questions including "What is more important - meeting your metrics or a candidate's experience?" and "How would I go about forming a team to create a marketing video for a new Google software product that has not been released yet?" He made it a point to tell me about his background as well including the fact that he went to a top school and was in consulting for several years before his time at Google.

    Conclusion

    For a group of people that are trying to ensure a positive candidate experience, the overall interview process left me flabbergasted and irritated. I left the interview knowing that I wouldn't accept an offer, even if one was presented to me. In any case, an offer was not extended. Please don't think that I'm one of those bitter interviewees after a difficult job interview. The interview process at Google made me very uncomfortable.

    Interview Questions
    • How would I go about forming a team to create a marketing video for a new Google software product that has not been released yet?   Answer Question
    • How did you prepare for this interview?   Answer Question
    • If Mountain View was the only Google office location, where in the United States would you open a second office and what factors would go into that decision making?   Answer Question
    • What is more important - meeting your metrics or a candidate's experience?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Google in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Actual questions asked on the interview:

    1) Hypothetical: how would you ensure all candidates have a great customer service experience at Google?
    2) Hypothetical: what are Google’s top challenges in hiring?
    3) What are key points in an applicant tracking system
    4) How would you find a director of engineering in Kenya
    5) Company lays off 10% of workforce, how do you find the top 2%
    6) You are given 2 recruiters, how long would it take to source X amount of candidates?
    7) How do you go about sourcing
    8) You are trying to recruiter a passive candidate who has offers from Facebook and Twitter, how do you do it?

    as much as this company prides itself on their screening process they are just as clueless as anyone when it comes to hiring. It's not a science. They hired 3 of the worst recruiters in our NYC office and passed on the #1 and #2 recruiter. The interview tests how well you can answer their questions. Oh and they never give a reason why they pass on you either. And it will take weeks and they will re-schedule on your more than once. Nice work Google, you nailed it.

    Interview Questions
    • You are trying to recruiter a passive candidate who has offers from Facebook and Twitter, how do you do it?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Recruiter( Contract) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Google in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Had an on site interview through employee referral. Had two 30 min back to back interviews. Both interviewers asked pretty standard questions. Mostly about my recruiting experience. The steps I have taken to improve the process at my current position. Questions such as, what skills are needed for some of the positions I fill at my current role. What do you think a CS Degree consists of? No brain teasers.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you think a Computer Science degree consists of ( the courses)   View Answers (2)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Recruiting Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Google in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Process took 4 months. I was interviewed by 12+ people and juggled between 10+ recruiters. Everyone was very friendly and courtious. I was continuously updated of my status throughout the process.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain a time you had to go above and beyond your regular work capacity.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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