Google Interview Questions in Mountain View, CA

Updated Sep 13, 2014
Updated Sep 13, 2014
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    Google People OPS Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Google in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    i was given 2 interviews over the phone. first I was given a phone screening - the woman was fine, and told me I would be interviewing for people ops (even though I had applied for finance). after i was called 30 minutes late by her, she informed me i would have 2 more phone interviews. the first one consisted of an asian woman who couldn't speak english well. extremely unfriendly, just asking questions about times i've messed up. she got off the phone quick because she said i had another interview right after her. i got an email 30 mins later saying she had to cancel because she was busy and would try for tomorrow. second interviewer was fine. all quewstions about times ive messed up and how ive fixed it. google not only made me leave work for these long interviews, they had little care about times.

    don't waste your time interviewing for the fall internship. they take 14/1000 applicants, and don't care about u unless your a 4.0 from an ivy.

    Interview Questions
    • what is a leader. time you've messed up. what did you do to fix it   Answer Question
    No Offer
  2.  

    Interaction Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    A recruiter found me through LinkedIn and we chatted about my experiences and interests. After I was passed to another recruiter, followed by one phone screen, one design exercise, and one round of one-site interview which lasted a day.

    The recruiters were very professional and respond very quickly in terms of giving feedback and answering questions.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Finance Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Google in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Includes both Telephone and in-person face-to-face interviews - about 5 - 7 interviews total. The face to-face interviews are at Google Mountain View location during which you interview with 4 to 5 Googlers. Difficult to satisfy all the interviewers given the range or scope of the questions. It is definitely a good idea for interview questions to be rigorous, however, it should be high level enough the determine the candidate's knowledge in a specific area or field without delving too much into details since everyone's experience are not necessarily the same

    Interview Questions
    • Well, sometime some of the interviewers can ask questions that does not demonstrate that they even understand what they should be looking for in a candidate.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
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    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Google in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Internal referred followed by two round of phone interviews. Both interviews focuses on technical questions. The first interview has lots of questions on the fundamental statistics models, such as regression models, experimental design. The questions are like typical exam problems, but requires quick instant responses. The second interview also fucused on statistical questions, but were asked in a practical context. The interviewer described several projects with me, and for each project he asked questions about how you would like to plan the project, what models would you use, what were the alternative choice you have, reasons you picked that model, etc.

    Interview Questions
    • If you will propose a project in the quantitative marketing team, what will you propose and how will you plan the project?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Google offers a generous stipend for interns and I don't think there is any need to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Google in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Extremely competent, friendly and respectful human resources. We get personalized emails, they reply to their emails and calls. The vast majority of employees I met were extremely friendly.

    Interview Questions
    • All questions are challenging. Best to prepare well by reviewing the material they send us before the interview. Ideally review the Algorithms courses given at Coursera..   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    New Grad Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a recruiter out of the blue. I had no idea when I applied for the position as the last time i sent out resumes was at least 6 months prior. The recruiter set me up for a phone interview which lasts about 45mins. Ideally they ask two questions one easy and one hard and you are asked to code in Google Doc.

    After I was done with the phone interview I got a call the immediate next day saying I got selected for On-Site interview at Mountain View. Was pretty excited and set three weeks aside. On-Site there were 5 rounds one of which supposedly does not count.
    1. The first one was for the SWE position.One interviewer and one shadow. System design question. Bombed this one.
    2. The second one was for SWE and SWET position. A Matrix navigation kind of problem. Did well towards the end, maybe I took too much time.
    3. The third one was for SWET, binary AVL Tree based question. I was asked to write code solving a specific problem based on AVL trees, Once I was done with that I was asked to solve for the reverse case of the problem. solved both just in time.
    4. The third one had an easy question to start things off and then a tough question. the easy question is just to warm up, the tough one was the proper one. It's essentially reading a tree off of a file. I offered a a couple of solutions before the end of the interview. Towards the end I somehow stumbled towards an optimal one.

    Interview Questions
    • I was caught a little off-guard by the System Design question. I actually like system design a lot and worked on some complex distributed system design before. I guess the major confusion I faced with the question was that I did not understand what the requirements were.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Google in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    My interview with Google spanned a couple months. The first was for a Program Manager I didn't actually apply for (but was similar to one that I applied for). After an initial phone screen with the Recruiter, I was set up for a Google Hangout interview with the hiring manager and then they flew me out to Mountain View for a series of interviews with various people from the team, and a person from outside of the team. I ended up hearing back from them a couple weeks later that while the team had a lot of positive things to say about me, they didn't think it would be a good fit for the role. The Recruiter actually passed me onto another Recruiter, because they thought I would be a good fit for another role within the larger organization. It's great that they take the time to really think about where you would fit into the organization if they think you bring valuable skills and experiences to the table.

    My second set of interviews went rather fast. I went through the same process of having a phone screen with the Recruiter, having a Google Hangout interview with the hiring manager, and then being flown out to Mountain View again. This time though, the Recruiter didn't get back to me with feedback until I emailed her twice. This kind of shows that the Google interview process is really hit or miss; sometimes you would end up with a great recruiter and other times, you'll get one that's pretty useless.

    Interview Questions
    • There wasn't any question that was really difficult or unexpected, but one of the senior leaders who interviewed me responded very argumentatively to my answers. I wasn't sure whether to actually launch into a full debate outlining the logic and reasoning behind my answers, or to just acknowledge her point of view and let it slide.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Google in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a Google recruiter over Linkedin. He then proceeded to schedule a phone interview (which was a month later as I knew it would be tough). The interviewer was pretty knowledgeable but had a heavy Chinese accent. He asked me about my background and what I would like to do at Google. When I said I would like to work in applications like gmail, earth or youtube he asked me why not in infrastructure or devops ? He then proceeded to give an algorithmic question (over Google docs) for finding the local minimum value in an array. Although I wrote the correct algorithm in Java with time complexity O(n) , he then proceeded to give me hints to optimize it. Here I was found wanting and hence did not receive an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • What type of queries/use cases would a column-oriented database be most useful for ?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    interviewed at Google in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    I had an intern at Google, so they took another two interviews at the end to decide for full time position. They also took 3 references from my mentors. The interviews were typical of a company sized as Google. They included algorithmic and system design questions. After two months waiting time I was hired.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Contact Center Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Google in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was hired through a Vendor. I would not say that it was a hard interview I have been doing this for so long that it was easy for me to answer any question that pertained to how a contact center worked, I had a 1-1 interview then a panel then met with the manager who was responsible for the project.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Their was none.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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