I applied online and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Google in July 2013.
Interview Details –
I applied online for a position at the Berkeley County, SC data center around the beginning of April. Approximately a week later I was scheduled for a phone screen -- almost entirely technical questions, with just a couple of personality questions, I presume to determine whether I'd be a good fit culturally. The technical questions concentrated primarily on my knowledge of PC hardware and software (particularly Linux) troubleshooting and would be easy enough for anyone who has worked in IT. Apparently pleased with my performance on the phone screen, Google called to schedule an on-site interview a few days later. The interview consisted of four one-hour-long interviews with four staff members from the data center. They asked primarily technical questions with, again, a few personality questions to determine what kind of a fit you'd be for the team and the position and a few critical thinking questions that probably don't really reflect the sorts of problems you'd have to solve in your day-to-day duties.
I felt fairly comfortable with my interviewers; they were clearly technical people who loved their jobs and were thrilled to be working at Google. They gave meaningful feedback if my answers meandered or were MORE detailed than they were looking for. Ultimately I think that may be what didn't get me the job -- I went WAY in depth on answers to some questions, and I get the sense that this position, despite the "Engineer" in the title, was really more data center monkey work than anything actually challenging or intellectually stimulating.
Interview Question – Given two buckets which you know to hold three gallons and five gallons, which have no graduations or other markings that would let you easily measure amounts less than 3 or 5 gallons of water, how would you measure exactly four gallons of water? View Answer
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