I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Google in October 2013.
Interview Details – Got an email to set up an initial phone screen. Phone screen went really well, the woman was casual and pleasant, she asked me pretty routine questions: What have i been doing since i graduated? Tell about myself a bit. Why google? Etc. I think the only mildly difficult question in this round was: What have you seen in the news lately related to Google legality?
Got through phone screen and scheduled a second round interview for a weekish later. Second round was tough and where i failed. They asked me three questions one of which i cant remember. She prefaced them with, "i'm going to ask you three questions and for each one i want you to clarify what needs to be better defined/figured out in order to solve the question, list out some recommendations for a solution and finally provide a recommendation and why.
The questions were:
A) Tell me about a time you had to go ahead on a project but you were missing integral data?
B) If a celebrity were to sue google for a pornographic/indecent photo that was found online how would you precede?
Interview Question – B) If a celebrity were to sue google for a pornographic/indecent photo that was found online how would you precede? Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Google in July 2012.
Interview Details – Recommended by a friend, had a phone interview, and then an onsite with the team
Interview Question – If I deemed certain rules/behaviors would better a persons situation would I force them to assume them even if they didn't want to. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Google.
Interview Details – The initial phone call going over the resume. A phone call about a week later for an interview, talking about the traditional interview questions such as a time you had to do something repetitively, how you kept it interesting. During the final interview, do your RESEARCH! Know everything about the position you are applying for and the department it is in. Even know the names of the people in charge and their position titles.
The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Google in March 2010.
Interview Details – Recruiter was very nice. I had an on-site interview with a couple of the current employees, but they mostly talked amongst themselves and didn't really ask me any questions.
Interview Question – What would you improve? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Google.
Interview Details – In general you have a basic recruiter phone call going over your resume, a second more in-depth interview, then final interviews, back to back, with different team members.
While the recruitment process was fine at first, I ultimately had a very bad experience. After the final interviews, the recruiter called to inform me I got the job, but became pushy when I said I was considering other job offers. The recruiter's attitude was quite rude, like they didn't want to waste time on me if I wasn't 100% sure about the offer. There were attempts to corner me into a verbal commitment even though there'd be weeks before the final offer. In the end, I was shocked by the passive aggressive, bullying attitude. I understand Google is aiming for quick/efficient hiring, but there's ways to be polite about this....
Interview Question – What are your three strengths and three weaknesses? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – See my summary of the hiring process. I had a good competing offer elsewhere, and I have to say my bad experience with Google recruitment was a factor in my decision.
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