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Google Software Development Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Feb 19, 2015
Updated Feb 19, 2015
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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Google in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    I were scheduled three interviews back to back, each takes 45 mins. The interviewer were nice and inspiring. They gave advice on my code. Firstly I was asked to write code for a simple solution. After I finished, the interviewer followed up, including asked me what the corner cases are and how can I improve my solution. They are highly technical and helpful.

    Interview Questions
    • I will respect the NDA, all the questions are about data structures and basic algorithms.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    A recruiter from Google contacted me. The initial phone screen was to see a general fit. The second round was technical. The third round would have been a full day on campus.

    Interview Questions
    • I did not expect such a simple problem and I cant believe I gave a very wrong answer which was not obvious at first.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    Hiring process starts with phone screen. Once you are through it, you are called to Google head quarters in Mountain View, CA. Here I had 4 rounds of interview and a lunch break in-between. They book tickets for your travel and hotel and reimburse your expenditure during your stay. I must say Google HRs are really helpful in making me understand entire interview process and giving suggestions for the same.

    Interview Questions
    • None of the questions were unexpected, Be sure you know data structures like Maps, Trees, Array/Lists well and Time complexities. They usually ask time complexity of your program in the end of the solution u gave. Even read about OOD and be thorough. Again, its Google so make sure you prepare our best :)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    A recruiter from Google's college recruiting team contacted me after my friend referred me. The process was very fast. I had a phone interview with an engineer from Google's NYC office two weeks later. It was a standard 45-minute technical interview. The interviewer started the interview with a coding problem directly. BTW, we used Google docs as the white board. I finished the first coding problem with two solutions and he verified both of them. But we didn't leave much time for the second problem, I wrote down some code and the time was up. One week later, I got the onsite invitation. The onsite interview included four sessions. All of them were technical interviews. Almost two weeks after the onsite interviews, I got a call from my recruiter, she gave a bad news :(

    Interview Questions
    • Most of questions are not simple, because you need to think thoroughly.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    back to back interview each take 45 mins.
    each interview has only two algorithm problems.

    Interview Questions
    • all of the algorithm problems are not too difficult   View Answer
    No Offer
  7.  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Phone interview. Two algorithm problems, one is given 4 digits array, like 0,0,0,0, plus 1 into this array and print. Ex. 8,8,8,8 to 8,8,8,9.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  8.  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    Two phone interviews. Does a given file name match a single-star pattern?
    index.html matches *.html
    foo.txt does not match *.html

    matches(“index.html”, “*html”) returns true
    matches(“foo.txt”, “*html”) returns false
    matches(“cat”, “c*t”) returns true

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    Applied on the University Careers Portal.
    Got a call for an interview on Campus. They mentioned that I'll have two interviews back to back. 45 minutes each.

    Interview 1:

    Question 1: The interviewer was really kind. The asked me to write a function to find all the Ramanujan numbers. He helped me when I got stuck at any point and was giving me polite hints.

    Question 2: He asked me to implement a queue using 2 stacks.

    Interview 2:

    Question 1: He has a question on the laptop. I have to code it and answer the questions that followed.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Google in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Got the interview by employee inferral, waited about 1 week. Two telephone 45-minitute interviews same day. I wasn't well prepared and didn't get the offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Given 2 strings, one is to be sorted, the other is the order. For example, first one is "hello", the second one is "loade", then the sorting result is "lloeh".   View Answers (2)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Google in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    one phone interview, then 4 onsite interviews

    Interview Questions
    • Many sticks with length, every time combine two, the cost is the sum of two sticks' length. Finally, it will become a stick, what's the minimum cost?   View Answers (5)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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