I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Google in October 2012.
Interview Details – Got contacted thru LinkedIn by a Google recruiter for their Glasses Team in Google X. Signed a NDA. Had a short 30 minute phone scan with an engineer - pretty generic, few basic questions on RF but unfortunately he couldn't answer any questions I had since he was not part of that particular team. After a month, was called for an onsite interview. Went to the "secret" Google X building on their campus (though I think some of their teams are spread out in other buildings). Got interviewed by 5 folks. The level of questions was not that bad and I had the impression that none of them were really well-versed in analog mixed signal RF. Anyhow, they seemed pretty secretive about what they do which was a bit strange especially after the 10th "we can't talk about that" response. I am sure they are doing cool stuff but so is rest of the industry - Apple, Intel, Microsoft, Samsung. Somehow some of their attitudes struck me as being way too elitist and smug as if being in Google X made them magically smarters.
Interview Question – How will you design an oscilloscope? It wasn't difficult in absolute terms but compared to the rest of the questions it was. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – 1) There seemed too many folks with 'vision' and not enough folks with hands-on expertise or skills to really take things to the next level (like a viable commercial product rather than an expensive limited release proto).
2) Also, the attitude of some of the interviewers turned me off - they came off as too elitist and smug without having any basis for it (as evidenced by the technical questions they asked). It was like "we don't care if you have X years of experience in your field, we simply know better than you becoz we are in Google X!". Sorry but Google is a large company now and such attitudes don't make them attractive vs other competitors.
3) The offer was fair (not mind-blowing) according to Silicon Valley standards for my experience but it was (1) and mostly (2) which made me decline.
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Google in January 2010.
Interview Details – A week after applying online I received a call from a recruiter to understand process, receive tips, and setup up a technical interview. Another day I talked with an engineer at Google. Questions were not too difficult but I did take a while to figure out how to optimize - I should have been quicker. I
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