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Updated Oct 6, 2017
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Associate Account Strategist Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
No Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Google (Ann Arbor, MI) in February 2015.

Interview

The interview process was really quite enjoyable, if a bit stressful at times. Initially, I applied online and about a week later I was contacted by a recruiter in the Mountain View office by email asking to set up a brief call.

1st ROUND: A 15 minute phone call with the recruiter just to get a little more color on my resume and transcript (asked to verify cumulative GPA, graduation date, that sort of thing) as well as learn more about the Associate Account Strategist role. This round seemed to mostly be a litmus test to measure whether or not I was personable/friendly on the phone.

2nd ROUND: Received an email from my recruiter saying he wanted to move me forwarded in the process, the next step being a phone call with two people at Google (one person in the position, the other a manager). This was slightly more challenging, but if you prepare for it, you'll be fine. The resources I used were:
 + Glassdoor interview reviews. SO HELPFUL. I compiled a list of questions people had been asked and then answered them in my own words, which helped me out multiple times in the 2nd and 3rd round interviews.
 + The job description. Be familiar with it, able to put it into your own words, and have relevant anecdotes from your life demonstrating why it would be a good fit for you.
 + The packet the recruiter sends you. This is amazingly helpful, be very familiar with all of this stuff (mostly links to the technical aspects of AdWords and other Google products, and it's helpful to explore all the links on the individual pages).
 + Google's Wikipedia page (just for informational purposes- knowing the company's revenue, number of employees, office locations, etc. is always a good thing).
 + The Four Pillars of Google, as I like to call them. These are in the packet your recruiter emails you, but deserved their own special mention. Role-related knowledge, Thought process, Leadership (also strive to mention how team-oriented you are), Googleyness (essentially your personality, try to be excited or bubbly or something positive, do NOT be bland). Try to work in one or multiple of these pillars into any responses you give.

3rd ROUND: Received an email from my recruiter that Google wanted to fly me out to Ann Arbor for interviews. I did more preparation from the stuff I studied for 2nd round, and basically tried to be as zen as possible. Flew out the day before, took a cab from Detroit to Ann Arbor, and slept at the comfortable Sheraton where Google houses their interviewees. The following morning, went downstairs and met some of the other people interviewing for the position in the lobby. We all took a shuttle to Google's office and went inside. Without saying too much, there were two back to back interviews lasting an hour in total.

4th ROUND: Received an email from my recruiter saying he wanted to move me to the Hiring Committee phase. My understanding is that this is where they have unbiased and objective people review the notes on candidates that made it thus far, but I don't know that for sure. I read one Quora post about the percentage of people getting through the Hiring Committee part and was met with a pretty grim 10% offer rate.

Despite not getting an offer, it was a fun process and I met a bunch of cool people. I think I gained some pretty valuable interviewing experience along the way as well, so all in all it was very positive.

Interview Questions

  • What should Google's next big product be?

    If you could spend time with any fictional character, who would it be?   Answer Question

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    Associate Account Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Google (Ann Arbor, MI) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online (with a referral) back in October 2014 but didn't hear anything within the two-week period, so I figured I didn't make it to the interview stage. I attempted to get an interview again in mid-February and was successful in securing a phone screen.

    The phone screen was followed by two more rounds of interviews, both consisting of two 30-min. back-to-back interviews. For each round, I was notified within 3-4 days about the next steps. There was a minor hiccup time-wise in my final round interview (it started very late) on their end, but they handled it very, very professionally. The final round took place in the Ann Arbor office and consisted of a tour, the two interviews, and then a Q&A session.

    They told me five days later that I advanced to the Hiring Committee, and I sent them more information for completion of my candidate profile. One week later, they informed me that I had been extended an offer! Even though I interviewed for the Ann Arbor office, I ultimately got the Mountain View office, which was my preferred choice.

    All in all, the process was incredibly informative, and I met some awesome Googlers and candidates. Google's recruiters and interviewers were so kind, helpful, and flexible, which definitely made the experience very enjoyable. Big shoutout to the recruiting team!

    Interview Questions

    • I won't disclose any questions, as I signed a NDA. The interviews all consisted of a mix of case, behavioral, and technical questions. Each interview, however, is different in terms of the mix of these questions, and the experience is very different for each candidate. As for using Glassdoor as a resource, it may be helpful for some, but not for all. For me, Glassdoor only helped me get a feel for the flow of the interviews, but not the content, per say. I prepared for each interview using the materials my recruiter sent me after the phone screen, making sure to read every single page, watch all of the videos, and take notes on each word/concept I wasn't sure I knew 100%. There's a lot of material, so I had plenty of resources to prepare for the process.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate, as I was very happy with the terms of my offer.


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    Associate Account Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    I applied online and heard back from a recruiter within a few weeks. The whole process from my initial contact with the recruiter to interview and offer took about 7 weeks total.

    Was scheduled for 2 back to back phone interviews. My first one was with a manager on the sales team and was quite difficult. He asked questions such as: What do you think is the total spend on mobile advertising? Tell me about a time when a client was not satisfied with your work? When was AdWords started? If you had to explain AdWords to a 5 year old how would you do so? If you are a local business how would you advertise your product using AdWords? He built off of a lot of my answers to ask follow-up questions.

    Second phone interview seemed a bit more relaxed and easier. Questions were more about myself and my experiences, how my college major is relevant to the role, walking through my resume. Was also asked some other questions such as: If Google Translate only operates in 100 countries, but wants to expand how would you go about deciding which languages to translate?

    Was called back for an in person interview. Here I met with 2 people, back to back. The questions were very situational and role-based.

    Tell me about a time when you had problems in the workspace?
    How would you explain the internet to a kid who doesn't know what it is?
    Explain something to me that I know nothing about?
    If you hear a co-worker talking to a customer rudely, how would you handle the situation?
    When was a time that you wouldn't take no for an answer?
    If you were a manager, how would you go about increasing your teams CSAT score?

    Overall, it was a great interview experience, but exhausting! I used Glassdoor to prep as well as just made sure to have real life situations to refer to for the situational questions. Everyone was very nice and friendly.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you think is the total spend of mobile advertising?   Answer Question
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    Associate Account Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Google in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online and was contacted several months later per email for a phone interview. The interview itself lasted around 15 minutes. I was given additional information about the position and the conversation focused primarily on my relevant background experiences. Additional questions included why I wanted to work for Google, any changes I want to be seen to Google products, and an example of I dealt with a work-related conflict in the past. I received an email by the end of the week that they had decided to pursue other applicants.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a conflict you've experienced when working with others and how you resolved it.   Answer Question

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    Associate Account Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at Google (Ann Arbor, MI) in March 2015.

    Interview

    There were a series of interviews, including three phone interviews and two in-person interviews. The first round was with a recruiting officer. The second two phone interviews were with a peer and a manager on the team I applied for. The two in person interviews were with managers.

    Interview Questions

    • If you had to hire a replacement for your current position, how would you go about selecting the right fit?   1 Answer

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    Associate Account Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Google in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online (previously though a Googler for other positions, this was just straight from the listing), was contacted by a recruiter for a phone screen. Phone screen was pretty basic, just regular get-to-know-you questions, and just a little about the position.

    About 1.5 weeks between phone screen and the interviews with the actual team, those are back-to-back interviews that are 30 minutes each (mine was 35/25). They take notes, so it's a little nerve-wracking but otherwise everyone was very friendly. I received contact to schedule a phone call 5 days later, and 1 week after the phone interview, got a call saying that they would not be moving forward. Bummer, but hey, I'm nowhere near local so maybe that factored into it.

    Everyone was very amicable and knowledgeable, I do wish we could get feedback. I've never been so positively rejected, haha. Good luck to everyone, the questions on this page are extremely helpful, so read up :-)

    Interview Questions

    • How would you manage 1 million people with a team of 100?   Answer Question

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    Associate Account Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate 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 March 2015.

    Interview

    Several months after applying, got an email from a recruiter requesting my transcript and availability for interviews. Then recruiter screen, recruiter email with tips for the next round, next round consisted of 2 30 minute phone interviews, one with an Associate Account Strategist and one with a manager. No questions were really unexpected, just know your resume and the company well.

    Interview Questions


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    Associate Account Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Phone screen was with the recruiter who briefly explained the role and the role responsibilities. She asked a lot of questions regarding my resume and we talked a lot about past experience.

    Phone interview with HR manager involved a lot of case study and behavioral questions. She asked many questions that I didn't expect. I think it's important to be on your toes but not sound too rehearsed.

    Phone interview with team lead was a combination of what the phone screen and previous phone interview had been like. Involved questions regarding personal experience but also hypothetical situations.

    On-site interviews were with three Googlers.

    Interview Questions

    • Why Google? What do you like about this role?
      Where do you see yourself in the long-term?   Answer Question
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    Associate Account Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Submit resume, phone screen, 2 phone interviews, 2 in-person interviews.
    Everything was pretty easy. They seemed to hire for personality so I found that being myself was the best way to go through the process.
    The questions were fair, the recruiters were very responsive. All in all, I thought the process was a great reflection on Google as a company.

    Interview Questions


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    Associate Account Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Google (Ann Arbor, MI) in October 2014.

    Interview

    I sent my resume to a recruiter who came to my campus to speak at information session and I applied online. 2 days later I was emailed by another recruiter (my main recruiter and point of contact for the entire process) who asked me to send in my transcript, an updated resume, as well as my availability during the week. I received an email a few days later with all the steps of the interview process and another email with the details for my first phone interview.

    My interview was scheduled a week later which was nice because I had time to really prepare. It consisted of 2 back-to-back phone interviews. My recruiter sent over a guide to help me prepare for my interview which was really helpful. Combine the study guide with Glassdoor reviews and you'll be well prepared.

    1st phone interview: Manager from Global Customer Experience
    He mostly asked questions about my resume (degree and work experience)
    •What are your career goals?
    •Tell me how what you learned while getting your degree will prepare you for this job
    •Questions about my work experience

    2nd phone interview: Employee in the same role I was interviewing for
    some behavioral questions, some creative questions and 2 about Adwords
    •tell me about a time when you took on a leadership role
    •tell me about a time when you worked in a group and didn't agree with some of the ideas. How did you go about handling it and what was the outcome?
    •What do you think about the saying, "The customer is always right?"
    •Who is someone you look up to and what are some of their characteristics that makes them a good leader?
    •Tell me something about yourself that isn't on your resume
    • Why Google?
    • What is your understanding of this job position?
    •If you could create any product what would it be?
    •Explain Adwords to a 7 year old
    • Do you have any experience with Adwords?

    I was very nervous but I just reminded myself to speak clearly and show my personality. I also prepared questions to ask that showed I had done my research on the company. I got an email the next morning with an invitation to interview onsite at the Ann Arbor office. Everything paid for by Google of course. The day consisted of a tour of the office and 2 back-to-back interviews: One with a manager and the other with 2 employees in the position I was applying for. The questions were very similar to the ones I got on my phone interviews, but I didn't get any questions about my resume.

    •Tell me about a time when you analyzed data
    •There is a new bakery in town that wants to get started with Adwords. What would the pros and cons be for this particular business?
    • Tell me about a time when you dealt with an unhappy customer?
    •Tell me about something that we wouldn't know know anything about?
    •Rank your top 3 characteristics of a leader in order

    I got an email while I was at the airport (about 7 hours later) saying that they'd like to move forward and present my candidacy to the hiring committee. A week later I received a call saying I got the job! After we got off the phone I received the offer in my email.

    Overall it was a really great experience. Everyone is super friendly and my recruiter was very helpful during the process. Like everyone says, Google hires personality so make sure to show yours in the interview! Good luck!

    Interview Questions

    • If you wanted to bring your dog to work but one of your team members is allergic to dogs what would you do?   7 Answers
    • Have you used Adwords in the past? What would you change about it to make it better?   Answer Question
    • Describe Adwords to a seven year old   1 Answer

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