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Getting an Interview
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Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Google (New York, NY) in June 2011.
I was matched up with a recruiter who was extremely helpful - emailing me interview tips and common questions, telling me what to highlight on my resume and important things to mention. She called me before both phone interviews I had to prep me. The first phone interview I had was more of a screening and was very routine; the second interview was much more elaborate and intense. My recruiter also followed up and called me to tell me that they'd gone with another candidate, which is a courtesy many companies don't extend.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in January 2011.
Interview consisted of two phone interviews one after the other. first involved general behavioral/experience questions that were fairly easy to answer also asked to explain Google services to a potential customer. Second interview was more difficult, at least for me, because the interviewer asked logical reasoning questions, such as how i would measure the number of airplanes flying over the US at this time, etc.
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Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Google (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)) in June 2011.
You first go through a CV check, if you are selected then you get a short 15-20 minute interview from someone in HR. The questions are pretty basic and are just to see if they match your CV, you can communicate well and would fit well in Google and the team. The next round is 2 interviews with the managers of the team where you apply for. These interviews are 20-30 minutes long and the questions are a bit more specific to the role (advice: research the team, the industry and be passionate about Google). The questions are basically to see if you fit in the team and in the company. The internship position lasts for 10-12 weeks and is great to experience what it would be like to work at google. A lot of people say that the internships are more interesting and enjoyable than the full-time position since you get to work on an interesting project. The full-time position is more of a sales/support job.
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There was no negotiation.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Google in June 2011.
First I was contacted for a post in another city as the recruiter found my profile on LinkedIn. On the email, the recruiter posted some links of possible vacancies that he thought would be suitable to my background. I replied and told him that I am interested in one of the two jobs and sent my CV for his review. Next email, the recruiter asked me to describer my major achievements and what i feel towards relocation. It took me a while to reply but when I replied I gave a thorough answer. I didnt get any feedback on this email. A few weeks later, another recruiter contacted me and said she got referral from her colleague. I was asked to send my resume, and we scheduled a phone interview. It took around 30 mins and the questions were mainly about my background. The day after I received an invitation for a Language test (as it's not an english speaking job, nor something of my native language). The test is conducted online and took about 60-90 mins.
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- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Google (Wrocław (Poland)) in May 2011.
I started the application just to try i sent CV and Cover letter They got back to me in 3 weeks asking to set a phone interview I did and passed the phone interview they asked to set a second phone interview I did and passéd the second job interview they asked me to come to poland I went there for an interview, they paid flight and hotel i did 4 interviews in a row. 45 min each. with two future colleagues / managers I went back home Got negative reply
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Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Google (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)) in February 2011.
I initially applied online for Google in November 2010. They got back to me about a week later, and in their email, asked me a few more detailed questions about my background, experience and education. I replied quickly, as I was really happy to have been contacted. They said they would be in touch in the coming weeks about upcoming opportunities. I told them I was currently studying for my Masters, so they knew there was no rush in getting back to me. In mid-December, I got a phonecall. A recruiter asked me a few questions about myself, what I was currently doing, and then organised an official phone interview for January. I did a bit of research into Google interviews before the phone interview, and was prepared for some crazy questions and a really difficult interview. The recruiter sent me a really detailed email with a lot of information that I should familiarise myself with before interview (adwords product-based). The phone interviews arrived, and I must say, the interviewers were really friendly and conversational on the phone. They made me feel relaxed and I think this made me perform better than I would have if I was nervous or intimidated. Compared to the kind of off-the-wall questions I had prepared for, I thought the phone interviews were a breeze, as they were all competency-based and were mostly about me selling myself. It took a little while to hear back about the phone interviews, just over a week if I remember correctly. I got offered an onsite interview, and was sent a questionnaire to fill out, which was personality-based and asked a lot of teamwork-type questions. The email contained links to a lot of information on Adwords, and said I should familiarise myself before the onsite interview. The first onsite interview was quite like the phone interviews, with a heavy emphasis on competencies. Again, the interview was very conversational and put me at ease. The final interview was more difficult, with nearly all questions being specifically related to Adwords, and a lot of questions that demanded strategic thinking and real-life every day problems for Google advertising account managers were asked. It was difficult, but no more difficult than I had been expecting. I may not have survived this section, had it not been for the research I did beforehand. I got a phonecall the next day to say I had passed the interviews, and I was being taken to the offer stage. I had to prepare a "case" for myself, highlighting, in bullet points, all my best attributes and experience. The case was then sent to the hiring committees and for executive review. The whole process, from the time I submitted my "case" to the time I got offered the job, took exactly a month. While this was a long time, and was fairly nerve-racking, my recruiter kept in touch with me to tell me the stages my application was at, and gave me positive feedback at each committee stage, so at least I didn't feel like I wasn't going to get it! The last stage did take a long time, and I was anxious, but my recruiter was a real gem and made sure I was aware of what was going on. To anyone interviewing for this position, I would say, show enthusiasm, do your research and don't believe the insane questions you've read on the internet! I did get a few hard ones but they were all manageable and relevant to the job.
I was very happy with the package offered, it was way over my expectations and I did not attempt to negotiate.
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Google (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)) in February 2011.
I applied through Google's website back in November and quickly got a response from a woman at HR. However, when she found out about me still having quite some time to graduation, she told me that they would get back to me. In January, another HR person contacted me and scheduled two phone interviews in the coming weeks. These interviews where very elemental and all about me introducing myself and having a chat with the interviewers. I got a very fast response (the same day) that I had passed and was then invited to the HQ in Dublin. In Dublin, I had two interviews - one with two of my potential peers and one with my potential team leader. The first one focused on leadership experience and how I would function socially within the company, these interviewers were very friendly and the whole interview was pleasant. The second interview contained some basic case questions, nothing revolutionary, and focused on my analytical skills in a more structured manner than the previous interview. A couple of days after the interview, the HR person contacted me and told me that I passed tha round as well. The final step consisted of me writing down all achievements this far in my life in order for my application to be passed around at some of Google's global offices for approval. Here, I had to wait for almost a month before I eventually received the offer.
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Reasons for Declining
Pay was OK, but not good enough compared to my options. Dublin as a city wasn't interesting to me. The company felt truly great but I also got the impression that people where fooling around a lot. I was looking for something a bit more professional.
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Google in October 2010.
2 30-minute interviews with employees who used to be in the position I was getting interviewed for. Nice people, light interview. Too bad I didn't get the job though.
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Google (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)) in January 2010.
Phone interview for the Online Media Associate Programme. Went over my background, what kind of jobs I were looking at, and motivation for applying to Google. Then more specific questions on Google products, asked me to explain AdWords, asked me about customer service and whether that is something I would enjoy, and some competency questions (ie one time I had to show leadership).
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