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Technical Program Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Google in July 2014.
Interview Details Applied on Google website in March 2014. Got an email from a recruiter in June asking to set up a date for a technical phone interview with an Engineer. Managed to set a date for the interview about one month later. The interview lasted around 45 min and was very Technical. Got a reply a week later that they will not proceed to the next stage. Recruiter didn't give any specific information about the nature of the interview and didn't mention any specific areas to focus on. Everything was a bit vague and I spent nearly a month studying everything - Data structures, Algorithms, Coding, Systems, Networking etc.
Interview Question – What happens in Linux Shell when trying to run ls command, Describe TCP protocol, how is TCP different from UDP and when to use each one, DNS uses UDP or TCP protocol, What is the size of UDP packet, Describe what is a struct, enum and union in C, describe the memory structure on the operating system (heap,data and stack) View Answer
Systems Administrator Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Google in April 2014.
Interview Details After i applied online for junior sysadmin, i received an email from a hiring manager asking for a suitable time to arrange a techinical pre screen. The person forgot to call the first time, and i emailed him again to remind and reschedule it for the next day. As we were in different time zones, i agreed to an interview in the early hours of the morning, which was a big mistake.
On receiving the call, a short introduction followed by a series of technical questions which i was totally unprepared for. Add early morning dizziness to the equation and needless to say, it was a total failure of an interview.
Maybe it was my mistake but i didn't expect it to be that "Technical" and way above the level of a junior.
Interview Question – Something on the "awk" command arguments View Answer
Software Engineer Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I interviewed at Google in December 2012.
Interview Details Applied online and didn't hear from then for a few months. Received a phone call from HR with a lot of technical questions such as converting binary to numerical numbers. After the initial interview, you receive an email to prepare for the next interview of typing up code on Google docs.
Interview Question – Unexpected to answer so many technical questions on the spot. Answer Question
Sales Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Google in February 2014.
Interview Details The whole process took around 4 weeks. Got an phone interview from their recruiter first and then went for a onsite interview. Phone interview was easy, just a quick chat about your relevant experience and background, but the onsite interview was challenge which took around 2 hours.
Interview Question – Although in essence, this is a engineering role, but they did ask a lot about the sales which could be challenge to answer. However, they did ask any tricky questions for this role. So my suggestion is to focus on the responsibilities of this role if you proceed to the onsite interview stage Answer Question
Product Marketing Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Google.
Interview Details Five case based interviews. The cases were very informal and unstructured for 3 of the interviews. The other two interviews had structured, consulting type, cases. I think it depends on the interviewer. I was unsuccessful to convert this opportunity. The most disappointing part was, they didn't give me any (absolutely none) feedback.
Interview Question – No surprise questions, I expected most behavioural questions. The cases made the most difference. Answer Question
Senior Product Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Google.
Interview Details One of the best hiring processes I've been through, it'll help a lot if you have an internal recommendation. In Australia the response time is pretty slow for most roles but the person I dealt with was quick, kept me informed and really tried to help
Interview Question – Technical skill is a must for this role. You're leading a team of dev's and you have to be able to not just keep up on a technical level but you need to be out ahead of them in terms of vision and to do that you need to have the technical base. Even though I have a Software Dev. degree, the fact that I hadn't worked in the field in a technical capacity meant that I ended up pulling out of the process once I understood the detail because I don't have the technical chops. Credit to Google for looking at me in the first place and for making it a pleasant process even though I didn't get there... Answer Question
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Enterprise Sales Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Google in December 2013.
Interview Details Standard telephone screening followed by an invitation for a personal interview.
Interview was with two people. First interviewer came too late and talked too much. Barely time left (due to strict schedule) for me to answer any question or ask questions.
Second interview started 15min late and same situation. Rushed through a set of questions. Interviewer was noticeable uncomfortable/unhappy with his task.
Overall a very disappointing experience, did expect a much better time planning and interview situation in general.
Interview Question – Name a competitor to Google who failed in the market.
What would you have done differently to succeed. Answer Question
Software Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Google in September 2013.
Interview Details I was contacted by a recruiter from google india. Had 2 phone interviews. But the recruitment process was really slow and the recruiter replied very late. i got the last reply after 4 months of the 2nd phone interview. It was really frustrating to wait for such a long period..
Interview Question – There are n integers in disk. Memory has m space. how to sort the data efficiently. View Answers (2)
Account Strategist Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Google.
Interview Details The hiring and interview process in Google is long. Like seriously long, depends on the job. You have to go through at least 5 - 6 interviews.
Interview Question – What is your proudest moment? Answer Question
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