I interviewed at Google in February 2013.
Interview Details – Interview process was pretty fast. Three interviews over phone before going onsite. First was a screening interview, about my background, what my abilities are, etc. Then, second round was with HR manager, who asked me about some behavioral questions (what' challenges have I overcome, etc.) Third round was with someone in PQO team, he asked me a bit more technical, case study questions (what would you do to improve any products from Google, etc.)
Interview Question – What product would you use to steal data from Google? Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Google in February 2013.
Interview Details –
My process was triggered by a LinkedIn message from a Google sourcer. For all interviews, feedback was received within one business day.
Phone interview 1 - Recruiter phone screen asking about leadership and analytical cases like how to systematically increases revenue or find the signals that would best solve a problem.
Phone interview 2 - Secondary recruiter phone screen also focusing on analytical experiences and specific case questions for Google Adwords like flagged ads. .
Phone interview 3 - Phone screen with member of PQO basically seeing how you could commit fraud using a Google product yourself and prevent it
On site interviews - I had 3 on site interviews in the Mountain View office that were performed by PQO managers. The interviews all asked a lot of questions and ranged from behavioral questions to business case questions. The behavioral ones focused on handling difficult scenarios like when a coworker disagrees with you. There are a flurry of questions that are simply no way to prepare for and just see how you think. Know how to explain your job to a child.
Video chat - Chat with a director in PQO about your longer term career goals and working with someone who is not motivated.
After the interviews are complete, you have to go through the arduous packet round (take approximately 1 month) where you gather all of the information from your life like transcripts, recommendations and scholarships.
Interview Question – Summarize your life philosophy in one phrase Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I received an offer from Facebook that better matched my interests, seemed to have more passionate and talented people and was far better compensated as a Product Analyst.
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Google in October 2013.
Interview Details – Basically through phone, it comprises of 2 telephonic rounds after which a video conferencing round was conducted. The questions started from going through my resume and then slowly towards more in-depth knowledge about the position. Basically they put forward cases to me and in which way i would work it out. Good knowledge about all the google products,, its pros and cons would be very helpful.
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Google.
Interview Details –
Was contacted by google recruiter via linkedin and send my CV.
After 2 weeks i was invited to a telefone interview. It lasted about 15 min.
Very friendly recruiter but a little hard to understand on the phone.
What do you think this postion includes?
What kind of spam do you think you will find?
How could you identify spam?
-> mostly questions about the role at google, not so much about me or my background.
Interview Question – How would you identify spam? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Google in September 2013.
Interview Details – Submitted the application via the online job portal. Contacted by the recruiter within 2 weeks. 1 phone interview followed by 2 face to face interviews and 2 VC interviews. General questions. Some tricky questions. Make sure you understand about other Google products.
Interview Question – If you have to design a new handphone for your country's market, what functions would it have? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Not much to negotiate since I am a fresh graduate
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Google in July 2013.
Interview Details – Was thru a phone call.. i made it to 2 rounds...ques were mostly based on the list of topics they had sent in their email...related to adwords, adsense, internet fraud, click fraud, content policies, google wallet
Interview Question – Unexpected : talk about ur leadership qualities Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Google.
Interview Details – I sent my cv through their website and I got contacted from one recruiter after a week.. she helped me all over the process giving me tips on the following interviews. I got an interview with a memebr of the team of the position and one interview with a manager; both via telephone. After this I got rejected, should I have been succesful I would have had other 3 interviews on site.
Interview Question – How much do you think GMail costs to Google? View Answer
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Google in May 2013.
Interview Details – I got contacted by a recruiter and had a 45min phone interview. We talked about SEO and violations to the Google Webmaster Guidelines, which are pretty well documented. The interviewer asked me about my professional background and what I am earning at the moment. I'm having a second interview in a few days and going to update this review then.
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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Google in April 2013.
Interview Details –
I was initially sourced by a Google recruiter via LinkedIn. However, since I knew Google places a lot more importance on employee referral, I got my resume referred a college senior working at the same team.
I was immediately contacted by another recruiter after submission of resume and was asked for convenient time slots. First interview was telephonic with the HR and lasted about 25 mins. Within a few hours, I received an invitation for another round of telephonic interview with someone from Product Quality Operations team. This interview (~35-40 mins) was more detailed and included discussions about my current role, projects and quite a lot about my knowledge of various Google products and scenario based questions. It followed by two more back to back video conference interviews via Google+ Hangout, each of which lasted for around an hour. These rounds were also similar but went more into detail. Quite a few questions were common across interviews. Worth noting is I was never asked about my coding skills since the job role does not require any hardcore coding. The formats of all the interviews were very conversation-like and people with passion for the job would really enjoy it like I did.
Final round was the Director of the team in India and it was short and brief. It hardly lasted for about 20 mins. I suppose this round was more about just verification or final overview of the candidate.
I was told by my recruiter that each interviewer gives a rating along with their detailed opinion of the candidate. In the end, all interviewers take a final collective decision. I was informed within 2 days of my final interview that Google India wants to extend an offer to me, pending confirmation from their US office. From what I gathered from my personal research, each job offer is reviewed by one of their top executives before making a final offer. Once that decision is made, the compensation committee decides the compensation. This waiting period was really long for me at it took nearly 4 weeks for them to make the final offer after India office had made their decision.
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Negotiation Details – Google has their own Compensation Committee which looks at the candidate's current salary, salary of its own employees in the present role, and many other factors to arrive at a competitive figure. There's almost no scope for negotiation. I was offered the same base salary. However, the bonus and stocks added up to a significant increase, not to mention the usual Google perks.
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Google in February 2013.
Interview Details – I applied online and got call from the HR department after a month. I have had 4 rounds before I was rejected.
Interview Question – Questions where mostly behavioral and hypothetical and very few technical questions. View Answer
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