I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Google in February 2013.
Interview Details – Initial interview was very casual but did include technical questions on product features and data structures. Definitions mostly. No coding but the expectation was that you know your programming constructs. Interviewer was very personable and light hearted.
Interview Question – Interviewer did not know which team the opening was on so could not describe the position. Since there was no description from the recruiter, it made it hard to prepare for the interview. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Google in January 2013.
Interview Details – Excessive number of hoops and delays before actual face to face and after being hired. Smooth interview, helpful team members. Bad news: those who were in favor of the role I came in to perform were great. Those opposed did not attend the interview or any review meetings AFTER I was hired, nor did they offer any help, other than egregious complaints.
Interview Question – Badly written requirements, code comments. Resolve. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Had a recruiter...piece of cake.
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Google in December 2012.
Interview Details – Contractor interview process was 30 minute phone screen and four 45 minute interviews. Converted to FT w/o more interviewing--just application, resume, team recommendations, and portfolio of work.
Interview Question – Mostly process questions. No specific question stood out. Answer Question
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