Google Intern Interview Questions

Updated Aug 22, 2015
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Anonymous Interview Candidate
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Application

I applied online. I interviewed at Google.

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For the freshman and sophomore intern program, we had two 45 minute technical phone interviews. My interviewers called me via phone and linked to a Google Doc in which I could write code. The first one had a bit of resume review, then a few coding questions, and the next one was all coding questions. I had the option of selecting which programming language I wanted to use; I believe the options were Java, C++, and Python. They do a great job tailoring these to your expected skill level. As a freshman in college, I hadn't had too much experience in algorithms and data structures, but I found these to be fairly straightforward. The engineers I talked to were friendly and very eager to talk about their work. After the two phone interviews, I heard back a week later from my recruiter, telling me the feedback was going to a hiring committee. Shortly afterward, since I had a competing offer, my recruiter called me and verbally informed me of my offer.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    I had a phone interview about three weeks after applying. Some of the questions were straightforward behavioral questions and some were difficult brainteaser/coding questions. The interviewer did not seem too impressed with my answers, but she was respectful and answered any questions I had about the company. After the interview I received an email letting me know that they were no longer considering me for the position.

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    • If everyone in San Francisco started using public transportation to commute to work, how many new buses would city need to purchase?   2 Answers
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Interview

    I had three 45 minute technical phone interviews that were basic algorithm questions that went pretty well for the most part, they were helpful and responded to what you were saying or asking. Then I had an intern placement interview, which was more theoretical than technical. They ended up emailing me weeks later saying that they could not find a strong project match for me.

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    • Basic algorithm data structure questions   1 Answer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    1 HR screening phone call, 1 phone interview, 1 Skype/in person interview. Behavioral and strategy based questions - not brainteasers but open ended questions where they test how you think!

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Google in February 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online in Fall 2014 first, then networked to receive an employee referral, and interviewed in February 2015 (two 30-minute phone interviews back-to-back) FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN A NON-TECHNICAL INTERNSHIP: My interview process was less than 3 weeks between scheduling the interview and getting an offer, but I'd actually been preparing for the application since August 2014. I applied as a college junior for a business internship for summer 2015. Above all, my advice to all applicants is do your research on the company and know your story. The company takes on hires from all majors, so don't get too caught up in your GPA or awards (unless they are crucial parts of your story). I can break it down, by stage: Pre-Application: - Research the company mission statement and keep up with its initiatives - Read books about the company** (most people don't do this, but the books actually tell you a lot about how to interview and be successful at the company) - Reflect on your experiences and personal goals and connect these to a passion for some Google initiative - Be prepared to articulate this every time you network with someone from the company, don't waste time asking questions about hours or the perks since this info won't help you get in and is probably online somewhere - See when/if Google is on campus- GO. - LinkedIn will truly become your best friend throughout this process - Keep track of application deadlines Application: - Your resume is the most important part, use your career centers to get it reviewed and perfect - Quality over quantity in your resume, if you didn't shine in the experience, don't put it down. Also, don't feel pigeon-holed by your experiences, it's all about how your market yourself and connect that experience to Google's values - Don't bother with a cover letter - If there's an essay, just be true and direct- you can have fun with it - Clean up your online presence and use Google's products - Still network with LinkedIn and your career center to network and find people Post-Application/Interview: - Still read company books - Ask your connections thoughtful questions about their company experiences and be sure to articulate how Google fits into your larger goals - Use Glassdoor for practice interview questions - Do lots of mock interviews with your career center, friends and family - Learn everything you can about the department you're interviewing for - In interview, don't be afraid to pause and think if you need to. Explain your answer logically - Ask the recruiter thoughtful questions - Don't ever, ever ask anything that's Google-able :) Post-Interview: - Thank the recruiter and ask them to forward the thank yous you've written to your interviewers - Whatever happens, you will be okay and this process will teach you a lot about yourself If it's hard to find alums from your school, then be fearless and email someone you find on LinkedIn. Be brief in your message, explaining that you found them on LinkedIn, you think their work/department is super rad, and you want their advice on how to push forward at Google. This is advice that is definitely out there, but not a lot of people will take it seriously- maybe because they are too caught up in the Google prestige instead of thinking about the work this company is trying to do. Good luck.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    I Applied online through their website. heard back from them in 1 week (or 2), which was quite surprising. the guy who schedules my interviews was very nice and answered all my questions regarding the interviews. I had 3 phone interviews each with a different Googler. the first two were really good and the interviewers helped me to get the correct answers and were quite nice and patient. the third one was not so good though as I had difficulty understanding the guy (he had a very strong accent).

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    • no can do. The questions were quite straightforward though, just need to know how to code in C++ and have a bit of experience in solving routine questions (like string proccesing).   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    I had three 45-minute technical interviews in succession. The first interviewer had a very thick and unintelligible accent, and acted angry and disappointed, but the other two made me feel very comfortable. Overall, I got the impression the interviewers were kind and cared.

    Interview Questions

    • Write an algorithm to construct run length encodings of arbitrary strings where repeated instances of the same character get replaced with [number of times character appears] + [character]. For example, "xxxxxx" becomes "6x". It should be unambiguous and the compressed string should always be shorter.   3 Answers
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    I submit the resume online and got the email within 2 weeks, And made a schedule for phone interview. there are 2 interviews in a row and with 2 different engineer for 30 min each. It was technical interview and generally I feel that they are so professional of the interview.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    I studied for a month. I am only a sophomore: the questions I was asked were hard for my level of coding. It was quite disappointing. I had a phone interview with two google employees. The first phone call was nice but I was not able to finish coding. The second call was horrendous. As we were sharing the google doc, I saw roughly 10-15 people go on to look at what I was working on. In addition to that, the interviewer had me on speaker. The speaker sucked and I kept hearing my own voice echo back at me. So it was nearly impossible to hear my interviewer over my echo. Whenever I asked my interviewer to repeat what he said because I couldn't hear, he would answer back with an attitude. The interviewer was rude. The question was also difficult and I answered it inefficiently. It was awful and I wish that I never have such a bad interview experience in the future.

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    • return the deepest node in a binary tree.   1 Answer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    Referred by a friend. Interview set up a month in advance. 3 phone interviews, all technical. Typical interview questions that required use of various data structures, nothing unexpected. First two interviewers were nice and helpful, relatively easy questions. Third interviewer was rather dull and gave a question that had no answer, nor did he help in giving hints (nearly silence on the other end).

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