Google Program Manager Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 26, 2014
Updated Aug 26, 2014
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Program Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
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I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Google in August 2013.

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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.

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The compensation package was attractive enough that I didn't feel the need to negotiate.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Other Interview Reviews for Google

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Google in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    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
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Google in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed 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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Google in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Program Manager Interview

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

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Google in December 2009.

    Interview Details

    4 interviews; 2 hiring committees; sign off from CEO

    Interview Questions
    • Give 3 examples of how you would improve this program.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't feel that negotiation was even an option.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Google in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    They reached out to me through a cold call for a Program Management role in their HR group. The role was based on making internal improvements to their processes in the ERP. Their culture was open and fun, but hard working. Many employees were still there when I checked to make sure of directions the night before at 8 PM.

    Interview Questions
    • Estimate how much money we make on click through advertising.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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