Interviewed at Google
Interview Details – 2 phone interviews, mostly technical, only a couple of minutes for your own questions at the end and perhaps a brief introduction of your previous experience at the beginning. If the interviews go well, then host matching begins. Different potential hosts interview candidates until they find a suitable match. The host matching is usually just a relaxed conversation.
Interview Question – I can't remember the toughest question. Preparing with TopCoder, ACM ICPC or uva online judge should do. Try to keep the conversation going at all times. It's alright to take a pause for a couple of seconds and think, but it's important to always let the interviewer know how we are tackling the problem. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Google in November 2013.
Interview Details –
2 Technical interviews, 1 host matching interview (more explaining the project than an interview)
Everyone was very nice in the process and very quick to respond if I had any questions.
Really no surprises in the process, brush up on key Cormen data structures chapters before hand.
Interview Question –
Signed an NDA to not disclose questions but TopCoder, GlassDoor, LeetCode, ProjectEuler and CareerCup will give you almost all of the types of questions you will see.
The questions were not super complicated, but were able to probe if you have a basic algorithms / CS background quite well.
Know your Big-Os of standard operations on datastructures, worst case/ best case/average case analysis. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
I applied through college or university - interviewed at Google in November 2013.
Interview Details – I attended google fix it event at school, and hand in my resume to one of them. Received an email for phone interview within week.
Interview Question –
How does the client server knows or identifies the network server?
How does google page reaches to you?
There were question related to TCP/IP. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Google.
Interview Details –
Applied online + Internal referral lead to recruiter contact. 4 Rounds of Interviews in total (Phone screening, two Google Hangout, one in person => decision to move forward to be reviewed by the hiring committee =>HIRED!
1) If you have 5000 emails in your inbox and 10 team members, you are the team leader how will you distribute them?
2) If you have two phone calls, in what order will you answer them?
3) Why do you want to work for Google and not a bank (I am a finance major)
4) What is your understanding of the position
5) Tell me about Adword
6) With your skill set, you could have applied to a similar position in your field, why did you choose Google
1. Tell me about Adword, and Adsense
2. Was there ever a time when your supervisor had given you incomplete or inaccurate instructions? What did you do to resolve that?
3. Was there ever a time when you experience conflicts between you and your teammate? How did you resolve that?
4. Predict the sales revenue of a certain Google product in this market (The country that you are applying to)
6. What is the hardest thing that you have to learn? Explain that to me
1. Describe Adword to me in two sentences?
2. How will you acquire business from someone who is already ranked first in the organic search?
3. Two keywords flower shop and wedding planner, which one has a higher cost per click in this market
4. How did you hear about this position?
5. Tell me about the Internet landscape in (the country you are applying too)
1. If you are to start a company in a city that you are living in, what would it be, how will you develop the product, market it and distribute it?
2. If you are the head of Google (the country you are applying to), and you want to double the revenue of Google, what will you do?
3. If a customer sees that his ROI on Facebook ads is higher than that of Google Adword and considering switching all of his investment over to Facebook, what would you say to him?
4. How did you convince an authority to listen to you?
Interview Question – If you are to start a company in a city that you are living in, what would it be, how will you develop the product, market it and distribute it? View Answer
Negotiation Details – able to negotiate starting date
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Google in November 2013.
Interview Details – phone interview first, and then on-site interview.
Interview Question – I forgot. answered most of the questions. but they required exact coding correctness. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Google in November 2013.
Interview Details – I interviewed for a copywriter position in one of their marketing departments and while it wasn't the right match, and I did not get the job, the interview was lovely and I was treated really well. I would still love to work there and have my fingers crossed that some day I will!
Interview Question – All the questions were pretty predictable, nothing tricky and no games. Answer Question
I applied online and interviewed at Google.
Interview Details – I received an email that I had been accepted for on-campus interviews at my school. I had two 45-minute interviews with engineers. Problems were fairly straight-forward and dealt with basic string manipulation and path-finding.
Interview Question – I was asked to implement a procedure to evaluate the string representation of an arbitrary length expression that fit a supplied grammar. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Google.
Interview Details – Two 45-minute phone interviews
Interview Question – give you a set of problems that depends on each other. it asks you to print out the order of the problem so that later problems only depend on problems before. Answer Question
I applied online - interviewed at Google in November 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online, got an email a few weeks later and scheduled two phone internviews for three weeks after that.
Interview Question – function that makes a weighted probability of given elements in a Python dictionary, reverse binary numbers in C++. View Answer
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Google in November 2013.
Interview Details –
I was referred in by an external recruiting firm. A week or so later, they informed me that Google wanted me to come in for an approximately 4-hour interview. The position was in Washington, within a lab-like group which may be inappropriate to specify here. It would have drawn on background experience in combined areas of system, network and security administration.
The interview consisted of three one-on-one interviews with potential team-mates, with lead-in and follow-up conversations with the hiring manager. As far as one can tell in that sort of time-frame, all of them seemed like they'd be great to work with (or for). The interview spanned lunch, and four of us ate in one of the on-site (free) cafeterias. The discernible corporate culture at that location included some fairly open floor-plans with various motifs and/or amenities seemingly aimed at stimulating creative minds.
Though they opted not to bring me on board, I'd certainly apply again if another position in that group opened up in the future and if I'd gained relevant experience in the meantime.
From notification of interview to notification of "non-selection", the entire process took exactly three weeks.
Interview Question – A great question that I simply went brain-dead on involved ball-parking the transfer rate on a specific category of network traffic traversing a relevant path. Answer Question
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