Google Technical Writer Interview Questions

Updated Mar 25, 2015
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Technical Writer Interview

Anonymous Employee in San Bruno, CA
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Google (San Bruno, CA).

Interview

Long, long, long 4 to 5-month process. I passed the initial recruiter screening with flying colors and then sent in some writing samples. Weeks and weeks go by with the recruiter being nice enough to check in with me, but still waiting. Finally, yes, I qualify for a phone interview with another writer. Takes a week or so to set that up, but that goes well, too. I'm asked to fly in for an in-person interview loop--the tech typical 4 to 5 people in 3 to 4 hours. The trip gets scheduled, but then pushed out for 2 months. I get a phone call 2 weeks prior and the position is no longer available. But they still want to interview me...wait for it...for Google. Well, okay, if this is how you do things, as I'm told it is by the recruiter. Maybe I can just "pick" my job then. Ha, ha. No. I then fly out, talk to 5 busy, uninterested people that don't really want to interview me in the first place, especially since there is no job, say thank you, and then fly back. I don't hear anything for another week. I check in and the recruiter says Google is not moving forward. No feedback other than the interviewers think I might make a good project manager. When I ask if I can apply again if anything opens up, I'm told that Google likes to wait 12-18 months before reconsidering candidates. What?!? But I didn't even interview for an open position? Can I get a refund on my time and stress? Search me.

Interview Questions

  • Explain to me the scale of copywriter to technical writer.   1 Answer

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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Was contacted by the recruiter because of my degree in computer science and coding languages listed on Linkedin. Recruiter not a good communicator. Even thought I misunderstood the date and time of interview. I did not. Unfortunately, my IQ is not low enough to get to his level.

    Interview Questions

    • The recruiter stated he did not think I could talk to developers and insisted I had little to no development background even with my CS degree and years of coding experience. He never gave me an opportunity to discuss what programming I did after education. He stated, oh, just academic. I usually list my education first, then my experience. He would not listen.   1 Answer
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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    Applied online, received an email request two weeks later for writing samples and some exercises. Sent those in, then spoke with a recruiter a week later, then had a phone interview with a technical writer a few days later. Recruiter phone called a day later to inform me I was declined for the role. Questions were mostly focused on past experience. Just one non-technical hypothetical.

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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    Applied, phone call month later.

    Interview Questions

    • Fewer abstract qs than expected, more rigorous abt prior exp   Answer Question
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    Technical Writer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in January 2013.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • 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
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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Google (Seattle, WA) in November 2011.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • Badly written requirements, code comments. Resolve.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Had a recruiter...piece of cake.

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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in October 2010.

    Interview

    Responded to a job posting at a local school. Received a phone interview and a half-day onsite interview. My recruiter was nice and very attentive. The questions were straightforward. I was interviewed by two engineers and two technical writers.

    Interview Questions

    • All my questions were straightforward, although they focused on computer science topics rather than writing   Answer Question
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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in March 2008.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • Mostly process questions. No specific question stood out.   Answer Question
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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    A recruiter from Google contacted me on LinkedIn. I passed a phone screen, submitted writing samples, and did a writing test. I took a day off work for the writing test, and I'm very glad that I did. It was very intense. Where there was a choice of topics, I suspect that it was important to choose the more difficult/technical one. (I did not, and my interview process ended after the writing test.)

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