Google Software Engineering Intern Interview Questions

Updated May 31, 2014
Updated May 31, 2014
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Software Engineer Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Google in October 2013.

Interview Details

I submitted my resume online on their website. A recruiter contacted me within 2 weeks. Interview times are very flexible. Gave me a whole month to pick dates from. I had two phone interviews (45 minutes each) back to back.

Interview Questions
  • This was my first technical interview, so I was very unprepared. I will say prepare well. The first interview was not really hard, and the interview help you a lot through the process. Think loud while you are coding (on Google Doc), interviewer will help you, and it allows him to analyze your problem solving skills. It consisted of some String related questions, their efficiencies and way to improve your code.

    The second interview was meant to be hard (as the interviewer himself mentioned. It was supposed to check your limit. I will not disclose the questions, as I respect their policy. But know you Data Structures well! Like really well. And also efficiency of algorithms.
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    Software Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Google in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Had my resume in a database for a women's conference. Google reviewed it and contacted me for an interview at the conference. No phone screen, just two interviews on-site, back to back, each 45 minutes. Asked me questions that involved recursion.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Engineer Intern Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Google in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    2 Technical interviews, 1 host matching interview (more explaining the project than an interview)
    Everyone was very nice in the process and very quick to respond if I had any questions.
    Really no surprises in the process, brush up on key Cormen data structures chapters before hand.

    Interview Questions
    • Signed an NDA to not disclose questions but TopCoder, GlassDoor, LeetCode, ProjectEuler and CareerCup will give you almost all of the types of questions you will see.
      The questions were not super complicated, but were able to probe if you have a basic algorithms / CS background quite well.
      Know your Big-Os of standard operations on datastructures, worst case/ best case/average case analysis.
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    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Intern Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Google in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    They were very prompt when it comes to recruiting. It took me about 3 weeks from the moment I applied to the point where I had all the interviews. My advice is to practice doing easy/medium problems of Div. 1

    Interviewers were helpful in general.

    Pay close attention to data structures and algorithms. You need not know anything more than what is being in the standard courses of the university with a good CS program.

    Interview Questions
    • Signed the NDA :(
      Basic stuff. If you do well on Topcoder algorithms - you should be fine.
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    Software Engineering Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    2 phone interviews plus host matching interview

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Software Engineering Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Was contacted by HR almost immediately after applying. I filled out a candidate questionnaire and was scheduled to interview on-campus at my school. The questions were straightforward problems and overall not very difficult (analysis of algorithms, sorting, data structures). They asked me about my past experience, various projects I've worked on, what was the biggest challenge for me writing software. I had to sign a NDA related to interview questions.

    Interview Questions
    • What was the most challenging project you worked on? Explain why.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a recruiter that put me through two back to back interviews.

    The questions were interesting and definitely took time to answer.

    Once the interviews were over, I was put into a host matching period where I had to wait for someone at Google to want to take me as an intern.

    Interview Questions
    • Not going to disclose the questions but data structures with a sweet twist :).   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    Had two phone interviews. Asked basic questions, algorithm, OOP, complexity, data structures, and some probability problems. The interviewers are nice. They do not expect you to answer all of their problems, but to see how far you can go with these problems.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Software Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Google.

    Interview Details

    One round OCR followed by one round of phone interviews. Questions were actually pretty straightforward. In the end I spent 6 weeks in host selection before being told they couldn't find a project. I made the mistake of not recruiting during the host selection process, hedge your bets and keep other options on the table.

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    No Offer
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    Software Engineering Intern Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Google in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Was referred by a current employee. Had an initial phone interview with 2 current engineers. Was asked two somewhat difficult questions as soon as the interview started, without any introductions. I found one of the employees very difficult to hear; with a bad phone connection and a thick accent on his side, it was not an ideal situation. I found the recruiters I talked to very accommodating and responsive.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked a few testing questions, which was unexpected since I wasn't applying for a testing position.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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