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Updated May 23, 2017
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    Resident Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    Interview process started with an initial "take-home" coding challenge. Following that were three technical phone interviews. Each were about 45 minutes long and the last two interviews were conducted back-to-back over a span of about 2 hours. The process ended with a final 45 minute video interview which was conducted over Google Hangouts, and involved a mix of technical and personal questions (my specific video interviewer said up front that the interview would focus more on technical questions, but your mileage may vary).

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked not to share details about interview questions, but topics covered included bit-level representations of integers, structures for efficiently storing strings, and building a simple parser/interpreter   Answer Question

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    Strategic Customer Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA).

    Interview

    The process was very involved (a total of 10 interviews) and quite lengthy (6 months from first contact to offer) but totally worth it. Interviews were very thorough but friendly and cordial. Everyone was very pleasant and helpful. Based on my personal experience almost everything I googled up about the Google hiring process turned out to be not [entirely] true.

    Interview Questions

    • Standard technology and and behavioral questions. Several coding sessions over Google docs.   1 Answer

  3.  

    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    Referred by a friend so jumped straight into a hangout round (45 minutes) with member of the team, Asked behavioral questions and then hypothetical question. Next round is on campus interview with 4 different team members for 45 minutes each

    Interview Questions

    • Give me an example of a financial analysis you have performed recently for which you are very proud?   Answer Question
    • Imagine you are a business owner who is now open for lunch on Saturdays. How would you decide how to market your business opening?   Answer Question

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    Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    Recruiter called me for job I had applied and they were very flexible. They also offered to expedite the process if I had another offer or close to getting one.

    Interview Questions

    • It was HR interview, no difficult questions   1 Answer

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    Engineering Resident Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    Study your data structures, algorithms, space and time complexity. Due to the non disclosure agreement I had with them, I can disclose what the exact questions were. Also, make sure you talk about what you are doing a lot and be prepared by reading CTCI, Interview cake or leetcode.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about the projects on your CV?   1 Answer

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    Anonymous Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    1. HR Call - More of a behavioral interview and asking more about you

    2. Online Coding Challenge - 2 Questions in 1 Hour

    3. 2 Technical Phone Interview - 45 minutes

    4. On Site Interview - 4 Interviews lunch break in between Each interview take about 45 mins to an hour


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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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    Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    Long and systems questions open ended to the point where you don't really know what they are looking for. You really have to explore the problem with them to figure it out.

    Interview Questions


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    Rotational Development Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    A friend referred me and a recruiter reached out. First phone interview took about 30 minutes. Was relaxed and very Google centered. Described the job position and the rotation format.

    Interview Questions

    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?   3 Answers

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    Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA).

    Interview

    The interview process was pretty straightforward. 45 minute phone screen follow by 4 hour on-site interviews in Mountain View. The interviewers ran a wide range for very personable to introverted and only interested in testing you on specific non-public data about Google.

    Interview Questions

    • Google made me sign an NDA, so I can't repeat the questions here. However, they asked me questions about things that normal people would not be expected to know. Google seems to be a victim of itself, and rather than looking for qualified candidates who know how to be Product Managers, they are looking only for people who know very specific things about their business, very specific market penetration numbers, and information that nobody would have outside Google. I was extremely under-impressed with the lack of focus on skills versus the focus on knowing very specific data about Google which is not publicly available. I would give their interview process an F-.   Answer Question

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Pros: “First off, you get to work on problems at huge scale. Even the simplest issues can become remarkably thorny and non-trivial at such scale. Second, Google has arguably one of the best...”“First off, you get to work on problems at huge scale. Even the simplest issues can become remarkably thorny and non-trivial at such scale. Second, Google has arguably one of the best developer tools in the industry. It helps you be many times more efficient than the average. Third, Google's hiring bar is very high; so your co-workers are often brilliant, and you are seldom slowed down by dependencies on other engineers/teams.” – Full Review

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