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Updated Jan 23, 2015
Updated Jan 23, 2015
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    Applied through official website. Took a few weeks to get a response from the recruitment team which asked some general questions and university information, and then received an email to schedule interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • Given an iterator of Integers, create an iterator that will work correctly only iterating even integers. Ex given an iterator that iterates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, the iterator should iterate 2, 4   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Two back to back 45 minute on campus interviews. Interviews began with some questions about resume, a programming problem lasting for most of the interview, and then some time to ask interviewers questions at the end. Following this, there was a host-matching process beginning around early November, Matched with first host and accepted.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    Contacted through recruiter. First phone "interview" was with him, we mostly talked about my background and he asked some basic questions such as quicksort, mergesort, etc. The second one was with their engineer and was mostly technical. Now I'm waiting for their response.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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  5. 14 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Google in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    A classic Google process - two phone interviews, then five 1:1 on-site interviews.

    The hiring process is well documented and you know what to expect. A few personal tips :

    - Think loud. Brainstorm.
    - Don't overcomplicate your solutions. It's better to have working O(N^2) than buggy O(N log N). You can describe the better solution during the discussion later.
    - If you don't see the solution, try to write down a few examples or corner cases. You can observe the solutions from these.
    - Although it's more than recommended to know a wide range of algorithms or data structures, you'll rarely use these during the actual coding. Arrays, conditions and cycles are usually enough.
    - Practice. TopCoder, CodefForces, HackerRank, Codechef... These are the tasks you should expect.
    - Be positive. You've got nothing to lose.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    contract position - phone interview followed by three face to face interviews back to back.

    Accepted Offer
  7. 13 people found this helpful  

    Account Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was quite long, I would say about 2 months since initial contact. There are a lot of stages: 1 screen phone call with a recruiter, 1-2 calls with a manager/somebody in a similar position that you're applying for, 3-5 onsite interviews. After these rounds, the application then moves to the hiring committee. I had to prepare additional info for that and send it to my recruiter. I would say this was the most difficult stage because I wasn't exactly sure what was expected of me and how much my input is going to be waged against the interview feedback.

    My screen was good. My second interview I thought didn't go very well. I kept having problems with my signal. The behavioral questions were all very specific and I couldn't think of a particular situation that could address the specific concern. For example, the manager asked me to give him three examples of when I dealt with a difficult customer but my reaction has actually revolutionized the way my company dealt with customers since then. Honestly, I didn't have any such experience, so I kind of tried to talk around it but it was obvious he wasn't having it. Overall, I thought he was tough. He was definitely testing me if I had done my homework and prepared for the behavioral questions.

    To my surprise I passed to the onsite interviews. Those went amazing. I think they couldn't really have gone better. The best thing is that I felt like I had the opportunity to really express who I was and what I would bring to the company. We talked about the future of Google as a company, about my particular interests to be involved with this future, about the current products, etc. I was actually asked a lot of "big" questions in regards to my overall goals and how they coalesce with the company. I had a really great time.

    After the interviews, I had a debriefing with somebody in the same role. That was really nice as I was able to ask a lot of the more personal questions about the office life, the city, and the overall experience. He didn't hesitate to tell me both the good and the bad. Overall, I felt very good about the office. The onsite interviews actually reinforced my desire to work in this role for Google.

    My application passed onto the hiring committee very quickly. The only negative thing is that after this stage I wasn't exactly sure how likely it was that I got the job or not. My recruiter basically didn't answer any direct questions. Since I had to handle school as well as other job prospects, it was very difficult to not know where I really was with Google. I also didn't appreciate that I wasn't given a clear answer about when I would hear the final decision.

    Interview Questions
    • Many business case questions in my case. The analytical interview was definitely the most challenging but also the most fun. It was all about analyzing a given problem, coming up with an adequate solution quickly, and explaining why this solution works. I was asked to include specific percentages in my evaluation.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I felt like the negotiations weren't as smooth as they could have been. The offer was firm and didn't mention any details which I discussed with my recruiter. They basically promised me something (regarding relocation) that was not part of the offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Release Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Phone Interview, followed by 4 1-hr long interviews (all in a row) two of which were with international interviewers over video-conferencing.
    Several in-depth coding questions, some technical-ability qu's, some behavioural/experiential and some congnitive/puzzler qu's.

    Interview Questions
    • How to transfer several gigabytes of data to Mars, how to do it faster, how to keep the data synchronised.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate.
    They offered a lower salary than the current position, but included a sign-on bonus.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Industry Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Google in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    My interview was referred by a friend who's a googler already. I was contacted by HR to set up an initial screening interview with her (last about 30 mins). The conservation with HR was quite casual - she just asked me for my background information, my availability, and informed me about what types of questions the interviewers will ask. I was then scheduled for an interview with the team lead on Google hang out (as I am currently not at the same city as the position was based). The interview lasted about 1 hour and 10 mins. Various scenario questions were asked such as the type of challenges I faced in my previous job, what was the greatest accomplishment at the previous job, how I cooperate or lead cross functional projects etc. The standard questions such as why google and why this job was also investigated. I am still waiting for the second round interview.

    Interview Questions
    • None of the technical questions (such as questions related to Google ad products) were asked.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I am still waiting for second round interview.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    Anything up to 8 or 9 interviews with mix of telephone and face-to-face with anyone across the organisation for cultural fit. Expect to be grilled and tested on technical side if applying for those roles

    Interview Questions
    • Verbal case studies with no right or wrong answer - you can't prepare for them - it's all about how how think the process through to the end!   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Very quick and straightforward once offered
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Google in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    After an interview workshop run by Google at my university I was contacted a few weeks later by a Google Recruiter. I initially had a 45 minutes phone interview with an engineer answering questions and writing code on a shared Google Doc. After that I was invited for on-site interviews. In total there were 5 interviews of 45 minutes each on that day. 4 of the interviews were mainly about problem solving and coding. The other one was more about system design (no coding, it was just a discussion). All interviews were with engineers. After the on-site interviews they asked for references from supervisors/managers etc.

    Interview Questions
    • I found the system design interview hardest. It's difficult to prepare for and hard to estimate how well you're doing. The only advice I can give is to stay relaxed and talk about the ideas that come to your mind. The interviewer was quite helpful and it was more like brainstorming.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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