I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Google in December 2013.
Interview Details – I had a phone interview with the recruitment team, followed by a phone interview with the Agency Sales Head followed by an onsite interview with Group Head and Industry Manager
Interview Question – How many people are online right now in the UK View Answer
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Google in November 2013.
Interview Details – The interview process was pretty straight forward. I met a lot of people (6?) across 3 onsite visits. The interviews were mainly friendly but clearly focussed on different aspects of the job. One guy seemed very frustrated with the time that the interview (45 mins) was taking out of his senior role - he now runs Motorola in the US so he was clearly a busy guy).
Interview Question – How many flights land at Heathrow every day? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Very straight forward but I was taking a pay cut which was hard to take.
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Google in November 2013.
Interview Details – Took 3-4 weeks from application to be notified about a telephone interview. Another 3 weeks for face to face at their london office. Had 6 interviews in one day, most of the interviewers were nice and the questions were more or less standard. Had one interviewer who was asking questions like 'what car do you drive' etc which wasn't really helpful and nothing to do with the actual job.
Interview Question – All more or less standard interview questions, mostly following the CV Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Google in November 2013.
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This was my second time of interviewing with Google - first time I got an offer, this time not.
The process first time took 16 weeks - including 2 phone interviews and 2 rounds of on-site interviews.
The process this time was much shorter - 1 phone interview, 1 round of on-site interviews (but these included video-conference interviews lasted into the evening UK time).
Three of the five onsite interviewers didn't know what position I was interviewing for - 1 of them said it was half of his job (and didn't seem happy about it)
Interview Question – What do you want to do in Google. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Google in September 2013.
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The salary itself was not advertised but looking at glassdoor I would say it would have been between 26-32k. However, I was asked questions such as 'If you were responding to a take down request from Iran about the Holocaust (since it is illegal to admit the Holocaust in Iran) what would you do?' And how would Google be legally implicated if it did or did not respond to this request. I have watched the Eric Schmidt youtube videos and he responds to questions like this by saying you should take down offensive material (because Google considers itself a morally grounded company - their office slogan being 'don't be evil'.) But he also says that some issues are for government to decide, that the internet will be more regulated in the future. I responded by saying some of this. I enjoyed the conversation, obviously they were trying to push me and see if I was able to think on my feet. I have an academic background and so for anyone who has discussed a text in a seminar with someone particularly belligerent it was pretty much like that. It was also important for them to find out that I had 'good values', they wanted to know if there was anything that particularly angered me or that I had protested about. I have and I talked about feminism.
The second interview was with the legal manager in New York. He was German and had a background in music so was totally unphased that I had a background in humanities. I thought he was a bright guy and he asked me why I thought Germans were more sensitive about privacy settings, for example most Germans opt out of having their house on streetview, and I gave him something glib about the fact that the information of so many had been in the hands of so few during fascism and communist rule and had been terribly abused. He agreed entirely.
Overall the interviews were at times political, sometimes historical, at times technical and legal but they asked open questions as google are famous for. They asked questions which have no 'right answer' and which Googles CEOs are currently struggling with. Questions which are far above the 28-32 pay bracket, which is ever so slightly pretentious given that 90% of the time the post was about sending out the corresponding response to common requests.
I didn't hear back from google which was a real surprise because I thought the interview had gone really well and I wrote them two emails to ask what had happened with my application. I am qualified to work in the field of law and together with the PhD they suggested in the interview that I was overqualified but it could also have been that I struggled with the open question about the Holocaust because I didn't think that a legal assistant had the scope to make that sort of decision. Perhaps thats the hub of it, from what I have read about Google, they want everyone to be in the mindset of making the big decisions. So my advice to anyone who goes for an interview at Google just think 'I am Eric Schmidt, I am Eric Schmidt.'
Interview Question – Someone from Iran contacts you to take down information admitting the Holocaust, what do you do? View Answer
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Google in July 2013.
Interview Details – The process took roughly 4 months end to end. A friend recommended me internally for a role which I got through to an interview. The first round was a phone interview with some basic questions why do you want to work here etc. After this had a second phone interview and was invited to a 4 hour on site interview day. When I got to the Google office I was told that the role had been changed to something completely different and that the hiring manager did this because he felt too many people applied for the role I applied for. After a discussion with him he made it clear that it was not a test and that the role had been changed to something I couldn't do and therefore probably wouldn't get the job. He then gave me the option to continue with the interviews but it would only be to get to know the company a bit better...
Interview Question – How many gigabytes would you need to run Google mail. Was also asked about the products and how I would improve them. View Answer
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Google in June 2013.
Interview Details – Got contacted by a recruiter, who set up a phone interview a week later. The phone interview was very technical, just a couple of questions about my University projects and the rest of the time was focused on solving an algorithm task, the interview was about 50 minutes long. The next day my recruiter told me that he got positive feedback and they would like to set up an on-site interview in London. There were 5 head to head interviews, 4 of which where very similar to the phone interview and one was focused on systems design. A week after the on-site interviews I was informed that they were going through to the offer process, and a week after that I got the offer.
Interview Question – How would you design a product like YouTube? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Google in June 2013.
Interview Details – amaing simply amaing
Interview Question – wierd logical question that dont make sense Answer Question
Reason for Declining – too much hassle
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Google in May 2013.
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Contacted by a google recruiter. Arranged a short telephone interview, and two weeks later an onsite in the london office.
The onsite consisted of five interviews, with lunch in between. Most interviews were coding interviews, the last one was system design. I found it the hardest, but couldn't say whether that's because I was already tired, or if it was actually hard.
I had to follow up the recruiter after 10 days, and then learned that I will not be offered the position. No other feedback was provided.
Interview Question – Given a 'friendship' graph, how would you generate friend suggestions for people, and how would you distribute the data across machines? Answer Question
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