Google Recruiter Interview Questions

Updated Oct 15, 2014
Updated Oct 15, 2014
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    Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Recruiter( Contract) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    Detailed interviews (both on the phone and in person) that took ages to get through. Grilled on background and metrics. My POC recruiter didn't really seem too committed to candidate experience but just metrics, I'm used to making a great experience and hitting my metrics.

    Reasons for Declining

    Honestly the process took too long and I have no desire to just be a cog in the wheel contributing to bottlenecking.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Recruiting Coordinator Interview

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

    I applied through a staffing agency – interviewed at Google in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I went through a company called Adecco in Mountain View, and was connected to a contract Google job through them. 50% of Google employees are managed by outside companies, so that is how I went about it. After my application was submitted I was not contacted at all for 2 weeks, so I figured nothing was happening. While I was on vacation in Chicago I got an email from them saying I would have a phone screen the next day with google at 4:30pm. This was an inconvenient time for me, but I guess they are google so they can do whatever they want. I did the phone screen and was asked pretty basic questions about my background, why the RC position, what my transferrable skills are (i'm in education). Then after that I didn't hear from them until the following week. They sent me an email saying I was scheduled to come to Mountain View for an in person interview that Friday at 11:00pm. I had already planned to be out of town that day at another interview for another company, so this was frustrating that Google did not ask me what my availability was. I asked for Monday instead, but they refused saying that all the interviewing for this position was already scheduled for Friday. I accepted a skype interview instead. I interviewed with 2 groups of people. They asked me about my background, why the switch from education, what my priorities are when faced with many projects at one time. They asked me if a recruiter internally at Google were unresponsive to my calls and emails to set up an appointment, what I would do to handle that. They asked me to tell them an experience about customer service, and about how I have handled a difficult situation within my career. After the interview I didn't hear back from them for 2 weeks even though they said I would hear back within the next week. Finally when the lady from Adecco called me back to tell me I didn't get the job, the only feedback she gave me was that Google said that "Candidate lacks drive and ambition". I felt that the interview was strong, and I doubt that is the case seeing as I have already turned down that same position at 3 other big companies in the area and just really wanted Google!

     I have a good friend who is doing the same RC job for them right on on contract, and she actually had to interview for about 5 different positions before she got a job with Google. There is no magic formula for what they are looking for in these interviews (at least none of us have figured it out if there is) because many of the jobs there are menial easy tasks that anyone with half a brain and a college degree could do. Most people there are incredibly over qualified, working temp for $25 an hour, and face no chance of being converted at the end of their contract. Getting a job at google really just depends on who your interviewer is, how much they like you, would they want to hook up with you, what they had for lunch that day, or what kind of mood they are in. If you don't get it, just keep trying.

    Interview Questions
    • How I would handle it if recruiters won't respond to the appointments I set up for them.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    International Recruiting Program Manager Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    Was contacted by Google's recruiter and a quick phone interview was set up. Was not actively looking for a change at that time, but who wouldn't want to work at Google, right? That was my thought. After the phone interview, came to Google campus twice for series of interviews. It was a combination of 1:1, 1:3, interviews, and there were total of six settings. After weeks have gone by, I was asked to do another phone interview with an recruiting executive based in the East Coast.

    Interview Questions
    • Could you do a phone interview after 12 sets of interviews   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by email initially, then had a phone interview with a recruiter. They did not advance me to the next step in the process, however, when I asked the recruiter why she was very honest. She said I did not the specific technical experience they were looking for.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no difficult questions. The recruiter just asked about my experience chronology and had specific questions about my resume   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Scientific Role At Google But A Third Party On-off-shore Recruiting Company Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral – 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.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
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    Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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 Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    applied online. contacted via email.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • If I asked you to find the 5 best Java developers in Russia, how would you do it?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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