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Updated Oct 21, 2014
Updated Oct 21, 2014
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Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
Application Details

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Google in February 2014.

Interview Details

Submitted my resume with an internal reference, then two general technical interviews, and then three placement interviews. All interviews are on the phone.

Interview Questions
  • A question regarding how to make neural networks scalable with larger datasets   View Answer
Negotiation Details
It is quite direct.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Interview through campus/connections. Went to the office to do interview, did 2 rounds. process took about 2 months, received a response saying no offer. I was underqualified though, so it came as no surprise really.

    Interview Questions
    • Shrunk down and stuck in a blender, how do you get out?   View Answer
    No Offer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Referred through a current employee. Contacted by a recruiter pretty quickly and phone interview was scheduled in 2 weeks. First interviewer asked general questions about data structures and things, no programming or real algorithm writing. Second had me write some algorithms.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    I was called for back to back phone screens. They make you code in a google doc, and you have to explain what you are doing. As you make progress they will add questions on to increase the difficulty.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you program a min heap using Nodes (a linked list)   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    First the HR contacted me, discussed the procedure of interviewing and project matching. The two 45-min interviews were scheduled. Coding were done in a shared Google Doc. After the phone interview, I was informed that I passed the technical interview and moved into host matching step. Two people from two teams called me but did not match well with me.

    Interview Questions
    • It hard to find a perfect match project when it is in April. Should be as soon as possible. Google will keep matching if time limits.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Google in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I had two back-to-back hour interviews on Google Hangouts. The questions were very fair and straightforward. They asked vocabulary questions about OOP, a design question about a data structure, and a coding exercise. The second interviewer asked me about what I did over the summer and then proceeded to give me a few coding exercises.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Google in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    This is my third time applying to Google. I talked with them at the career fair and submitted my resume online. (I also had a Google employee submit my resume as well) I got an email the next day asking to schedule two 45-minute technical interviews over the phone. Both involved coding through Google Docs. The first one was okay and covered standard CS algorithms and data structures questions. The second interviewer forgot to call me, but we rescheduled for the following week. His interview consisted of a scenario pulled from a specific skill listed on my resume, and he watched as I described the design, implementation, and testing of that concept.

    I received an email within about a week notifying me that I had passed the interview process and was moving on to the host-matching process. Google sticks you in this large pool of candidates from which potential hosts search for you based on a preference form that you fill out. They can also see your interview Google Docs. After about three weeks, I was notified that two teams were interested in interviewing me. I had both phone calls, and really liked one of them but the other one not so much. Regardless, my interviewer told me that both teams didn't see me as a good fit for the team. I was thrown back in the pool.

    About one week later I got another email from my recruiter saying that someone was interested in me working on his team. I had a phone call with him and was notified within a few days that I got the job.

    As I expected, the process is extremely long, but if you're patient, it could work out.

    Interview Questions
    • Unfortunately I cannot detail the specifics because I signed an NDA, but I will say that the questions were not terribly difficult provided that you are familiar with the standard interview questions for CS interviews and that you know all the skills you list on your resume. They definitely tailor the interview to what you list on your resume, so don't lie about that.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Google pays really well for interns. Negotiation would make me look like an idiot.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    Scheduled phone interview through emails. Was very helpful up until after the first round of interviews. The interviewers were very understanding and supportive during interview. I had two phone interviews in one day. They provided alternative version of questions upon asking for clarification. They also allowed for questioning at the end of the interview.

    My interview didn't go well but that was because I failed to prepare before the interview. It should be noted that most of the questions that are ask are actually technical programming questions. Not just algorithm questions but syntax and paradigm questions as well.

    While the questions in retrospect seem completely fair, involving on subjects that any sophomore Computer Science student would be able to answer, the interviewers would not accept “I am unable to answer that at the moment” as an answer. That is I was asked a question to give an example of a C++ feature, when I admitted that while I could explain the feature completely (which I did), I was unable to provided an example on the spot. The interviewer did not appreciate this honesty and would not move on after my comment. To clarify, he did voice an annoyance but would not provide another question before the interview ran over.

    Overall both interviews actually went fairly well besides the aforementioned incident. However, I was forced to end my interview process before I could schedule or be denied a second interview because I was offered a position at another large software company. The process to contact them to cancel my interview process was a hassle, it took several weeks before I got a response.

    Interview Questions
    • I no longer remember the exact questions but having x86_64 assembly language and C++ on my resume I was asked questions about specific features of OO and assembly programming. I wasn't prepared for because I thought the interviewers would focus more algorithms and problem solving.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Google in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Two Google+ Hangout technical interviews and most of the questions are fairly easy. Failed to answer one of them but the others went quite smoothly. You can just give a simple answer at the beginning and optimize it step by step after that. Nice interviewers. Results come out the next day(which is surprisingly fast).

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Google in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Contact with recruiter, 2 technical interviews, 3 host matching interviews

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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