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Google Financial Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Jun 30, 2017
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Financial Analyst Interview

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

Application

I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA).

Interview

They were upfront with the process and the next steps. It took a while to get through all the rounds of interviews and hiring committee, so that was the one downside. People asked fair questions and kept it very objective.

Interview Questions

  • If Google was about to spin off another Bet, how would you go about measuring financial and operational success in that business?   Answer Question

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    Financial Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA).

    Interview

    My interview process followed this path:

    Recruiter phone interview (personality based / easy) > two separate team member phone interviews (personality based / easy) > Onsite interview with four different team members (skills & scenario based / somewhat challenging)

    Interview Questions

    • If we have a policy to depreciate certain items for a x number of years, explain your thinking in why we might write off those items sooner   Answer Question
    • Assume you had to prepare a presentation to senior leadership regarding where to build data centers. How might you go about analyzing this?   Answer Question
    • Please write out a script in SQL to
      1. pull columns A, B, C, D, E
      2. search for X and Y from columns A - E
      3. combine multiple tables (Table 1, 2, and 3)
      4. and group the results however you see fit   Answer Question
    • Walk me through how you'd forecast/budget anything of your choice   Answer Question

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    Financial Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA) in April 2017.

    Interview

    got a phone interview, spoke with the recruiter, ask me sql skills, and some behavioral questions. very smooth, been asked a question about what if google starts to charging gmail users, $20/per month

    Interview Questions

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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    First round with recruiter. Second round Google hangout with finance manager to interview for fit within finance function. Third round interview with hiring manager. Fourth round in person interview at Mtn View with hiring manager and up

    Interview Questions

    • - What is your favorite Google product and why?   1 Answer
    • If Google started charging $25 a year for Gmail, what would be some pros and cons   2 Answers
    • Say you have unlimited time and funds and ability to capture any data you want. What is something you are passionate about and how would you conduct that study   Answer Question
    • The Google shuttle goes from SF to Mtn View. We are running a study for management trying to prove that it is beneficial for employees because the probability of death in a car accident goes down. How would you get the data, what sort of data would you get, how would you come up with conclusions?   Answer Question

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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Google (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Round 1 was with a recruiter who largely just read a script. Round 2 was with another recruiter who asked slightly more detailed questions. They were both friendly and pretty surface level. They try to gauge how well you understand Google's business model.

    Interview Questions


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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Google in August 2016.

    Interview

    A linked in recruiter reached out to me about Google FP&A - I sent my resume and a different recruiter followed up with me the same day for a call the next week. I was asked to talk about my background and skill set and another call was set up for a Hangout interview 2 weeks later.

    That interview went as follows:

    The recruiter asked me about my Master's - I detected a note of condescension because she asked what a Master's in Finance is. The why Google question came after that, and then we talked a little about Google's products. Hard stop at YouTube. Case Question.

    I was asked a hypothetical. It was difficult. After I struggled to give my response I got some follow up questions. Such as what is YouTube's current user base. How would you project the size of the subscription base. How much AdWords revenue comes from YouTube. What would you recommendations to Management be.

    Assume you were wrong. How would you adjust your analysis to meet management's P&L forecast expectations.

    Tip: when researching Google's products, you should probably know the user base, how much that product contributes to revenues, revenues per user, which category of revenue it falls in, and how that revenue is forecasted. I was asked questions around all of these things in the case, but I was told just a General Knowledge of Google's products and services would suffice.

    After the case I was asked one more question and that was pretty much all the time there was.

    Also, this just happened today. The recruiters were very fast in their communication with me, but pretty sure I won't be hearing back.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you forecast the P&L for YouTube if they were to add a subscription based service? How would that forecast affect the current P&L for YouTube's model as it currently exists? Is it a good or bad decision?   Answer Question
    • What are some initiatives you would like to see Google undertake. What are some things you feel we should be doing but aren't?

      Flipped: What are some projects Google should kill and why?   Answer Question

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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Google (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Made through 3 of five rounds. The third round was on Google Hangout and a lot of behavioral questions were fired at me. I did adequate preparation but I think they took someone with 4+ more years of experience than I had. Overall it was a good experience. The interviewers were very friendly and encouraging.

    Interview Questions

    • How many manhole covers were in the city of New York and how much would it cost to replace all of them.   1 Answer

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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Very friendly interviewer who asked some tough questions although mostly behavioural as well as what I could add to the company. Didn't get called back but I received some feedback when I asked.

    Interview Questions

    • Why are you better then other candidates for this position?   Answer Question
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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Google in August 2015.

    Interview

    A recruiter contacted me through LinkedIn. I had an initial phone screen with the recruiter which went well. She scheduled another interview for a month later. The 2nd interview went in a completely different direction the moment I picked up the phone. The interviewer acted completely disengaged and seemed annoyed at even having to interview. I tried to be personable, but he would cut me off, scoff at things I said or at questions I asked, and generally seemed like he wished he could be anywhere but interviewing.

    I was asked to quickly tell him about myself and then he half-heartedly asked me 2 simple behavioral-type questions (If [generic scenario] happened, how would you handle it? If you had to move to a place you've never been to before, what Google products would you use?) and one analytical-type question (below) - he never asked anything further about my resume or about my experiences. I don't think he looked at my resume before the interview or had it in front of him.

    From start to finish, he treated me with disdain. At the end, he seemed appalled when I asked for an email/contact address (in my experience, sending a short thank you note is common/expected). If it weren't for the nice recruiter, it would probably be the most negative experience I've had in my career as far as interviews go due to the way the interviewer acted.

    One other thought - I have a number of friends/former colleagues at Google who I contacted after I spoke to the recruiter. I asked them all what they thought being "Googley" meant. They all said similar things - personable, willingness to help, understanding, happy/engaged in their work. The 2nd interviewer was the polar opposite of everything I heard and totally different from my colleagues/friends who work there. It might just be that the finance group (or the interviewer himself) is not like the rest of the company.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: A user has a Chromebook, an Android phone, and a regular laptop. Which device do you think Google would want the user to use more?   4 Answers

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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Google (New York, NY) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Got a call from the HR department, set up an interview for 2 days later.. The lady interviewing me was really nice and friendly but seemed like a sub contractor. The questions started off with standard type of Q. The proceeded to the famous impossible "Google" questions. While some of them were really hard, others were easy.

    Interview Questions

    • If you were a mouse how would you ensure a cat did not eat you?   Answer Question

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