I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Google in February 2013.
Interview Details – Referral, recruiter talk, phone interview
Interview Question – Business case Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Google in November 2011.
Interview Details – I applied online at Google.com/jobs after some Google reps came to my school for an information session. I was also referred for the position, which really helps get your resume to the top. I was contacted 2 weeks later for in-person interviews at my school's career center. There were 2 interviews -- one about my background and leadership experiences in college, the other was very behavioral based.
After those interviews, I was contacted via email about 2 weeks later, inviting me out for interviews at the corporate headquarters in Mountain View, CA. There were also two back-to-back interviews - but they were both behavioral and brain teaser focused. I stayed in contact with the recruiter and the Googler who referred me and 4 weeks later, I received a phone call offering me the job!
Interview Question – Most difficult - how many marbles fit into a jar and how would you project the amount of tennis balls to be sold in Germany this year (they've done away with questions like this, though). Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Yes, I was able to negotiate my salary and relocation assistance.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Google in November 2013.
Interview Details – Submitted resume through current employee initially. Less then a week later I had two phone interviews that were pretty basic interview questions about my resume and behavioral questions. I was contacted two days later about flying out for final interviews. The on site interviews were similar to the phone interviews with a few more situation based questions. Both on site interviews were good experiences.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time that something was falling through the cracks and what you did about it. Answer Question
I interviewed at Google in April 2011.
Interview Details – The interview was a multi stage process. At first I interviewed with a senior account strategist from the team I was supposed to work with in case I got hired. He was very nice and the whole interview felt more like a casuals conversation than an interview. I then had to wait two weeks until I heard back and was invited for another interview with 5 different senior level people from the same team. I was asked a variety of different questions, ranging from questions related to my resume to problem solving questions. I knew about this before hand though and was well prepared. Again, the atmosphere was very nice and casual. Three days after these interview I already received another call and was invited to do a performance test, which I did three weeks later. I received my offer within 5 days and am not happily employed as an account strategist.
Interview Question – If you we're an ice cream flavor, which one would it be and why? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Google.
Interview Details – Submitted resume online and received an email that night asking for more info (transcripts, whether I'd be able to start by their preferred date.) Received a screening call the next day and then I guess I passed because I scheduled 2 phone interviews with them later that week.
Interview went really well. I spoke to the SMB Sales Team Leader and then a Team Member. Questions seemed general, nothing extremely surprising.
Interview Question – What are the three benefits of Google Adwords? Rank them. Answer Question
Interviewed at Google
Interview Details – written test followed by a phone screening. 4 rounds of personal interviews after that
Interview Question – Estimate the number of petrol pumps Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Google in January 2013.
Interview Details – The process was pretty standard which kind of surprised me given the reputation for Google's interviews. I was contacted by a recruiter about week after I applied and scheduled a phone interview. I went over my resume, why I wanted the job, and was asked to go to second round interview on the phone.
The second round was an onsite interview and the process of setting up travel, etc. was pretty easy. The actual interview was made up of four half-hour interviews with people who worked in or close to the position I was applying for (SMB Account Strategist for Adwords). All the interviewers were very nice and relaxed. I actually remember thinking afterwards that I was unsure whether I had done a good job building a rapport with them or whether they were just incredibly friendly people.
During the interviews, we went over my resume, how it prepared me for the position, examples where I was part of a team, where I displayed leadership, and a few other standards. There were a few personal questions as well, like what my proudest accomplishment was and what a weird quirk about me was.
The recruiter gave me the decision within one business day. I didn't get offer, but it was overall a very positive experience.
Interview Question – What is the most complex term in your current field of work? Explain it to me like I'm 5 years old. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Google in December 2013.
Interview Details – Process:
- 1 Phone call from recruiter
- 1 Call with Hiring Manager
- 3 Onsite Interviews (Over Hangouts)
My 3 most helpful points:
1. Expect challenging questions about sales, Google AdWords and online marketing strategies right from the first call.
2. These interviews aren't really that difficult, if you prepare well in advance. Preparation means learning everything (at least at a high level) about Google products (AdWords especially), the tech industry, sales and marketing. Learn some marketing strategic frameworks or sales pitching frameworks that will help you breakdown a question and answer it effectively and confidently. Immerse yourself in this industry and this role by reading articles about it and talking to people in this field. Use Google AdWords learning resources and read/learn from everyone's interview experiences for this role on Glass Door - this really helped me and made me think about other related questions that could have been asked. You could prepare well enough by spending a few hours everyday on this for about 4 weeks (it will vary from person to person but I'm just trying to convey that you can become a beast in this in a relatively short period of time)
3. Sure, you can whip out great answers when you're in the interview, but some practice answering these questions out loud can go a long way. Visualize yourself in the interview, being composed, paying attention the to the detail in every question asked and answering every question successfully.
Finally, nothing beats passion and culture fit. You need to be in love with some aspect of this role. It's an important part of getting the job. You also need to see your values, thinking and business attitude aligning with that of Google and your specific team within Google.
Interview Question – "You're a Product Manager for Android, sales are declining in your region, what will you do to improve sales in that region - tell me the steps and explain each?" View Answer
Negotiation Details – Non-negotiable
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed 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 Question – 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.
Interviewed at Google
Interview Details – 2 phone interviews and 1 on-site interview.
Phone interviews will be divided into English and Cantonese sections.
For individual interview, quite a lot of behavioral questions are asked.
The whole interview takes for more than 2 hours. You should get familiar with those Google products and give suggestions to the existing service to the manager
Interview Question – biggest failure Answer Question
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