Google Program Manager Interview Questions

Updated Mar 13, 2015
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Program Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
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Accepted Offer
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Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in October 2014.

Interview

Was very good and interesting. I had 5 interviews at Googleplex including 1 informal lunch interview. Each interviewer was testing me for specific area and continuously asked questions for 45 mins. Know your PMP stuff by heart. Prepare to answer leadership related questions as well. Lots of situational & behavioral questions were asked as well. I hardly got time to ask any questions.

Interview Questions

  • What is the role and importance of a business analyst ?   1 Answer
  • What is critical path and what happens if it changes?   1 Answer
  • How would you streamline processes - give example   1 Answer
  • How would your derive metrics ?   Answer Question
  • Have you learned anything new and taken leadership to run that project from end to end ?   Answer Question
  • Define your ideal work environment & manager   Answer Question
  • How would you resolve conflict and ambiguity in a project ?   1 Answer
  • How would you convince someone to get your work done if they happen to be a difficult personality ?   Answer Question
  • What are your strangers & weaknesses ?   1 Answer

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    Vetting interview with recruiter. Then phone interview with member of the team applying for. The recruiter gave excellent prep, it is my estimation they benefit from the candidate making it far. Very good communication. The phone interview went as one would expect, with a few personality questions, employment history and challenges questions, and management style questions. Even though it was clear right away that the position wasn't a great fit, the interviewer was very respectful and continued on. Received a prompt call back from the recruiter notifying that it wasn't the right fit, and plenty of advice/feedback going forward.

    Interview Questions

    • You have 12 months to roll out a new product, describe in detail how you would manage the process.   1 Answer
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Google in May 2014.

    Interview

    Do phone screening. Didn't get to the next step. Recruiter said that team didn't want to pursue any further. Didn't say why. The process was fast although if I got further in the process, it could take two months to complete.

    Interview Questions

    • Question around whether I have own product roadmap decisions.   Answer Question
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Google in May 2014.

    Interview

    An email from the Google recruiter to notify me that I have been selected by the hiring manager. I needed to confirm the schedule for the phone interview by the team.

    Interview Questions

    • Trivial technical question, basic definition of web programming. Either you remember or you don't.   Answer Question
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
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    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    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.   2 Answers
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA).

    Interview

    Applied for Job online - submitted resume'
    Contact by Google Recruiter - 15 min: brief introductions, job description, willing to relocate
    Phone Screen - 45 min - general and specific questions about background and skills
    On site Interview - 5 x 45 min interviews with a mix of people
    Phone interview with hiring manager - 45 min - detailed questions about background

    In general, the interviewing process was very well organized and very well communicated. Even though I did not get the job offer, it was probably the best interview I have ever been through. You have a lot of very sharp people asking very good questions. I actually enjoyed the process and would do it again. I did not get any of those crazy "Google" questions. It is my understanding that they do not do that anymore. I did, however, get lots of difficult, sort of, open ended questions that allowed you complete freedom to direct the answer. This can be good or bad. If you know the material it is good, if you don't and you are making stuff up, they will know it. You are better of saying that you do not know. Be prepared to be drilled with questions for 40 minutes of each interview and then have, maybe, 5 minutes to ask your own. For the onsite interview, you will have lunch (excellent food) with someone and it will be non-technical. That is your opportunity to ask all the general, culture and "perks" questions you will have.

    The only negative was that every phone call I had, the person was 10-30 minutes late for the call. This left me waiting for them to call. Clearly you are on their time because they didn't always apologize for being late. I suppose this is to be expected. I got the impression that everyone was extremely busy.

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Google in October 2013.

    Interview

    The interviewing proces is very detail, thorough, and full of situational questions.

    Interview Questions

    • If situational questions are identified as most dificult, then most questions will be considered difficult   Answer Question
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Google in August 2013.

    Interview

    Google's recruiters are amazing--after interviewing with over 10 companies during my current job search, I can say without a doubt that they are the best in the industry. My recruiter was super attentive--called me throughout the process, and the company really takes an interest in finding you the right fit within the company. After my initial recruiter call, I was then set up with a hiring manager. The questions he asked were very position focused, because the behavioral/fit questions come during the on-site interview. The on-site was very efficient, and I met with 5 team members, and 1 fit interviewer. Overall, they assess you for leadership, skill-based competency, and most importantly, your Googley-ness, or what I like to call the "airport test". If you can pass all that, then it goes to the hiring committee, for which you have to assemble a candidate packet, complete with a questionnaire and references. Then wait one more week, and then the recruiter will call you personally to tell you that you've gotten the offer or not.

    Interview Questions

    • Watch out for brainteasers!   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    The compensation package was attractive enough that I didn't feel the need to negotiate.

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Google.

    Interview

    1. Recruiter screener (contractor): Pleasant, straight forward and helpful in providing next steps. Also provided context guidance which was also straight forward. To prepare to explain in detail how managed a couple of key projects. How handle obstacles and measure success.
    2. Next level mixed. Pleasant but rushed. I had read here in Glassdoor that they don't give you time to think and it's true.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked about process for sensitive confidential work.   Answer Question
    • This is more about advice: There is a lot of info on how to prepare for a Google interview. DON'T overdo it. Stay focused on a couple of deep examples. Don't offer solutions. They are looking for informed decisions based on data and if you have a lot of experience at another company you might fall into the non-Googly trap with your suggestions and this is a definite show stopper.   1 Answer
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Google.

    Interview

    Google recruiters are the toughest part of the process, because they are so slow in their communications. YOu have to pursue THEM, it's almost a test to see how much you want the job. The interviews themselves are difficult; they want to make sure you can think critically.

    Interview Questions

    • Creating efficienies - what are efficiencies, and what would you do in this role?   Answer Question

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