I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Google in March 2013.
Interview Details – In March 2013 I applied for a Product Manager role in Europe.
I had a preliminary screening call with one of their recruiters, which was really useful. In fact, I found the recruiters to be really helpful throughout - sending through cheat sheets for the interview, etc.
I then had a call with a London-based Product Manager who had been in the role for 4.5 years. It was supposed to be a 45 min call but he rang late, so the whole thing felt really rushed. He didn't really refer to my CV at all, but seemed to be following a script. All throughout it felt like a game of fish - I obviously wasn't giving him the answers he was after. It was a frustrating experience.
I got rang the next week and told that I didn't have the product management experience needed at Google's scale. That was a frustrating answer, I thought they were interested in me precisely because I didn't fit the standard profile (I was the CEO of a UX firm).
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Google in March 2010.
Interview Details – The interviews were by engineers on technical knowledge and basic programming skills (e.g. understanding recursion and iteration), as well as product managers who covered business models, strategy, approach to designing products, and a lot of mental modelling and calculation exercises, to see how a candidate breaks down a problem and figures out a rough answer - in one or two cases a precise numeric value was required, not just a description of the variables that would be used to calculate it.
Interview Question – How many gas stations are there in the UK? Answer Question
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