I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Google in January 2013.
Interview Details – Interviewed back at the end of 2012.
Had 2 phone interviews, and then flew to Zurich for the onsite interviews.
Expenses fully covered by company (though food budget is ridiculously low for Zurich - $35/day)
When I came to the offices in Zurich I was greeted by an HR person who explain to me what to expect during the day and the timeline.
I had 3 interviews before lunch and 2 after lunch, 1 out of all was engineering.
Interviewers had different positions from APM, to PM, to Senior and directors.
Was asked the following questions during the whole process:
1. what is your favourite product (non tech), what do you like about it, how would you improve it.
2. What is your favourite internet related feature, explain how does it work and how can you improve it
3. The interviewer has presented me with a new technology and told me I have 1 hour before I have to present it to Larry Page - how would you prepare, what would you present (and then drill down to each topics what would you talk about)
4. Given a percentage of British tourists who die when they travel to Cyprus (I was given an actual number, don't remember which), decide whether Cyprus is a safe place for British people or not
5. Presented with capabilities of Google Maps to track the speed the users are driving and was asked what is the minimal number of users GM needs in order to have an accurate estimation of the current speed in all the roads in a city of my choice.
Interview Question – To me the most difficult question was: 5. Presented with capabilities of Google Maps to track the speed the users are driving and was asked what is the minimal number of users GM needs in order to have an accurate estimation of the current speed in all the roads in a city of my choice. Answer Question
Interviewed at Google
Interview Details – First round phone interview
Interview Question – How to create fake "plus" for your website Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Google in November 2013.
Interview Details – There was a phone interview which was about ideas and creativity. Then there were two on-campus interviews followed by a lunch. The two interviews were about them asking me how to make their products better or how I would go about researching something. I didn't really know what the first interviewer was asking me (he had been working their for some years). The second interviewer was a recent hire and asked more appropriate questions so I knew what he was talking about. The lunch was not related to anything: you talk about whatever. We ended up talking about tech projects.
The interview was rushed in terms of flying me in and out. The whole process seemed pretty disorganized compared to Microsoft's.
Interview Question – Can't discuss. But they were vague in their questions and I didn't really know what they wanted to hear. Answer Question
I applied online - interviewed at Google in March 2013.
Interview Details – Waiting for the result
Interview Question – Q1: Background Question
Q2: Why you like the company and the position
Q3: Project Expand View Answer
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Google in October 2012.
Interview Details – Got a phone interview after submitting resume. The interviewer was really nice and the process ran smoothly overall. My technological knowledge was just not enough for the position
Interview Question – - Imagine that the manager of Youtube wants to create backup copies for all videos. Estimate the storage space needed?
- Tell me an efficient way to compress videos
- How would you redesign the thumbnails of youtube? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Google in November 2011.
Interview Details – A tour of the place, lunch at the famed cafeteria, a scavenger hunt, nice hotel. A lot of the interviews were kind of "what do you think about this"--very open-ended, brainstorm-oriented.
Interview Question – How would you design a classroom? Answer Question
The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Google in October 2011.
Interview Details – They asked for more background information then gave the phone interview 2 weeks later.
Interview Question – What is the bandwidth necessary if Google Docs is on the moon? View Answer
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