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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
They asked very basic interview questions. The people I interviewed with were really nice and friendly. The receptionist in the lobby really calmed my nerves before and was super nice.
- asked about recruitment process Answer Question
Helpful (8)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Google (Sunnyvale, CA) in June 2015.
I was contacted by a recruiter for this role. The interview started with a phone screen that included questions about my background and recruiting experience. There were some tough hypothetical questions, but if they like you, you get invited to an onsite with two other interviewers. The first onsite interviewer was sweet, relaxed, and asked you questions on your background that weren't relevant to recruiting. The second interviewer, however, asked many difficult hypothetical questions.
- Q: How would you take on a project you're unfamiliar with - and the rest of your team are senior with this project. Q: Tell me a time you faced challenge and how did you overcome it? Q: What is your biggest accomplishment? Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Google (San Francisco, CA) in June 2015.
Google has a 3 step hiring process. First a phone screen, then a 20-30 minute phone conversation with a recruiter, then a Google hangout with multiple Google employees and finally an interview on their campus. There is only one contact person throughout the entire process and in the end, they don't give you feedback on how you did.
- Why do you want to be a recruiting coordinator? Answer Question
Helpful (3)Declined OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Google (Phoenix, AZ) in May 2015.
I was contacted by a recruiter to set up time for a "chat", this took about 3 weeks to get scheduled because the recruiter didn't respond back to my emails. After this "chat", I was scheduled to talk with another recruiter who, same as the first recruiter, didn't return my emails in a timely manner. Once we set up time for a "chat", she didn't answer my phone call and I left a voicemail. She called me back a few days later and said she was busy on the day we scheduled to meet. When I talked to the second recruiter, she spent 5 minutes telling me about the job and asked me about my experience and background. After this, she asked me if I had questions, and I asked my questions, but she answered them with one or two words, she was rushing me off the phone and didn't have time for my questions. After this "chat", (they never called this an interview the whole time), they set up a third "chat" to ask some interview, behavioral type of questions. The person I talked to for phone call number 3 had just started at Google, right out of college and the first thing he said to me was "I am not sure why they asked me to do this, I just started here". His questions were the standard textbook - "Tell me what you would do if....", "If you were in this situation, would you do A, B, or C", really stupid questions. When I asked him to tell me more about himself and his experience, he said he had just graduated from college, no experience with interviewing, and he rushed me off of the phone too. I decided that I didn't want to work at Google, what a bunch of incompetent, rude, arrogant people who thinks everyone wants to work at such a "great" company like google. Now I understand why nice, hard working people don't work there for long.
- Tell me what you would do if you have 5 different projects to finish, which would you finish first and why? Other stupid questions Answer Question
Helpful (6)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in April 2015.
I was contacted via LinkedIn by a recruiter who wanted to talk with me about a recruiting role on their team. We had an initial informal phone conversation which was followed by a more thorough phone conversation. The recruiter asked me an updated resume for the team to review. Following the review of my resume the team asked to fly me out for an onsite. The onsite interview consisted of 4 interviewers for about 2.5 hours.
- How would I go about identifying the top 10% of IBM software engineers? What is the difference between management and leadership? How would I go about setting up flu vaccination stations across Google campuses…and then how would I expand internationally? Behavioral based questions - tell me about when you did this, or teamwork, or accomplished this… Bring stories prepared Examples about Improving processes Delighted a client or a candidate Challenging wins when you had to overcome obstacles Times when you failed Teams that you have worked with (variety) Leadership opportunities (did not have direct authority but stepped up and led a team to the finish line) Don’t be afraid to go in deep. Add details, context, decisions making and data. Give color context with more details vs. not enough. Hypothetical questions… Related to staffing or problems that you would solve Scenario based questions – ask clarifying questions or make assumptions (they want to see how you gather data). They want to see that you’re asking questions and that you are using data to get you to a solution Considerations: look at the problem from a number from different angles Is your solution scalable? Leadership – are you someone who has strong influencing skills? Are you compelling and can you motivate others? Do you take initiative? Do you anticipate needs of clients? Are you proactive instead of reactive? Question around times you’ve had to get buy in, driven a project or process. Problem Solving – how do you respond to questions are you analytical? Do you gather data, are you strategic? Are you asking thoughtful questions? Role Related Knowledge – transferable skills that you bring. What competencies do you bring to the table? What are some key differences from the role you’re in vs. this role? Culture Fit – are you a good long term fit. They look for people who are super flexible and adaptable, pivot skills, reprioritize and roll with punches. Super collaborative, sharing ideas, talking through ideas. Working as a team, cross functional, open minded, thoughtful about things you say. Ambiguity, navigate your way etc. 2 Answers
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at Google.
An agency recruiter reached out to me and did a pre-screen. I was set up with a phone interview with an onsite recruiter. The phone screen was about 25-30 minutes long that consisted of me explaining my background and I was then asked 2 questions. 1. We are building a new engineering building for our newly formed engineering team. Where should we put this building and why? 2. How do you think Google makes their money?
- Where should we build our brand new engineering building for a brand new team that we are creating. 1 Answer
Helpful (6)No OfferAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Google in December 2014.
After I received an internal reference, a University recruiter got in contact with me and requested additional information (transcripts, etc.) Soon after, maybe a couple of days, I was told that I had a phone interview with someone from the larger People Ops team. They say it's a "phone screen" but that's not true at all - it's a full blow interviews with "tell me a time when..." and "what would you do if..." type questions. Two weeks after that I still haven't heard anything back from them. I had to reach out to my recruiter several times before I finally got her to call me. She told me that they would like to fly me out to interview on site in California. I originally applied for one job, but by the time they started planning my trip, that position got filled. I still flew out and interviewed for a different position though, which was nice. They are not very good with planning things as they kept changing the interview dates and times on me, but were finally able to agree on one. The traveling was fine, and hotel was nice, the car rental was convenient. I had 3 30 minute interviews with different people of the hiring group. The questions weren't that difficult - tell me about a time when, or what would do if. These questions pertained to the responsibilities that a recruiting coordinator might encounter. They were really looking for creative answers. After the interviews I had a debrief with the recruiter. She said she would get in contact with us in 2 days and tell us if they wanted to present my candidacy to the hiring committee. 2 days later and I still haven't heard anything. I had to reach out to her and then she called me. It was nice that she called to tell me that they weren't going to move forward with my application and that in maybe 1-2 years I should reach back out to her again. Overall thoughts: the recruiting coordinator that I met with at the beginning of my interviews already had 6 years of prior experience before interviewing for the same job I am interviewed for, and I haven't even graduated college yet. I don't quite understanding their thought process when you have people competing for the same position yet one has years upon years of experience. They are also not really good at meeting deadlines or stated goals. I had to reach out to my recruiter several times throughout the entire process to request a status update on my application. Overall, it wasn't a bad experience, just way too long.
- What does your university do to attract and retain talent? You are working on a team and you over-committed to tasks and can't deliver on your promise. What do you do and how do you mitigate that in the future? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA).
Lengthy process - took place with 3 rounds of Google Hangout Interviews. The interviews tested various questions including skills, abilities, prior experience, "googleyness" and problem solving questions. All interviews were later than they were supposed to be. Long lengths of time between each interview feedback - also understand that I was hired through a staffing firm.
- General problem solving questions - looking for you to break down each component into detail. Answer Question
Not that bad - easy enough to gain increase to hourly rate
Helpful (2)No OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Google in December 2014.
Applied online, then received a note requesting transcripts and to fill out a candidate profile. Then was offered a chance to phone screen. Of course, I was excited about this opportunity. Had the phone screen which was extremely brief. Including questions like "tell me about a time you completed a project at work or school" and "tell me about your greatest achievements". Those were the only 2 questions I was asked aside from going over some housekeeping information. I sent over a thank you email and received an email saying she would share my info with the hiring team. Got an email a few days later saying they've decided to move forward with other candidates at this time. I completely understand what it is like being a recruiter and how difficult it is to send these notes, as well as how many applicants they receive and how many impressive candidates they speak with. However, when I asked for constructive feedback to help continue my personal development and growth (which I assumed a company like Google would be all about), I received a copy and pasted version of the same rejection email with one added sentence saying "I can't provide specific feedback". This was definitely a turn off for me, and although the rejection email encouraged to apply in the future, it appears the company culture that they preach isn't exactly accurate....still a great company but I definitely feel like there's a lot of talk and not a lot of walk.....
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Google.
If you can get to the interview process for a contract it is pretty easy actually. Two Hangout interviews and you are done. In and out in an hour, it is getting to that point that is really the difficult part.
- Do you ever think about the future of recruiting? Answer Question
There was none. You would be smart to set a high expectation for hourly rate the very first time you talk to your agency.
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