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    Agency Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Google (London, England (UK)) in May 2013.

    Interview

    I had a phone interview with the recruitment team, followed by a phone interview with the Agency Sales Head followed by an onsite interview with Group Head and Industry Manager

    Interview Questions

    • How many people are online right now in the UK   33 Answers

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    People Operations Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Google (London, England (UK)) in June 2018.

    Interview

    Applied with Google employee referral. Was contacted after 2 days with suggestion to schedule phone screening - there was a link to a recruiter's calendar with the nearest free slot in 1 week. I read that they practice to come to interviews with late, that's why I sent reminder to my recruiter after 2 minutes the call had to be started. She was late on 15 minutes nevertheless – so we had only 15 minutes to discuss my experience. Asked behavioral questions – tell me when you faced a situation when… I had a feeling that she was not listing my answers, and just being to me, just was busy with her own affairs.
    At the end of the call she said that will send my CV to hiring team and will come back on the next week. But she came back only when I chased her after the next week. She sent me copy-past answer (the text with different formats) that they decided to proceed with other candidates.

    Advice: prepare STAR style answers.

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    • behavioral questions – tell me when you faced a situation when   4 Answers
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    Policy Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Google (London, England (UK)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Interviewed on sight in a two person panel and then one on one via Google hangout. The interview was largely based on personal experience and aptitude and did not have a technological focus.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do if you were asked do something in a foreign jurisdiction that is illegal in your domestic jurisdiction but legal in the foreign jurisdiction.   1 Answer

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    Associate Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Google (London, England (UK)) in April 2019.

    Interview

    Swift online application (no cover letter needed). Phone interview with recruiter; phone interview with team to which you are applying to. Haven't gotten past the next stages yet; they include another phone interview and an on-site interview, as well as an 'analytical' interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you had to analyse a large amount of data.   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Google (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Applied at the end of July through a recruitment agency who have connections with Google. I received an email at the end of August inviting me to a group chat where we were told what to expect in the interview. I had my interviews in mid September - there were two 45 minute technical interviews, one of which was done via video conference. They said I'd hear back in around two weeks, and I heard I was unsuccessful 16 days later.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked "How would you find the longest substring of a string containing only one character?" this was then expanded to two characters, etc. The second question was "How would you reverse just the vowels in a string?" They then asked what I'd do if the string was too big to fit in memory.   2 Answers

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Google (London, England (UK)) in May 2014.

    Interview

    A classic Google process - two phone interviews, then five 1:1 on-site interviews.

    The hiring process is well documented and you know what to expect. A few personal tips :

    - Think loud. Brainstorm.
    - Don't overcomplicate your solutions. It's better to have working O(N^2) than buggy O(N log N). You can describe the better solution during the discussion later.
    - If you don't see the solution, try to write down a few examples or corner cases. You can observe the solutions from these.
    - Although it's more than recommended to know a wide range of algorithms or data structures, you'll rarely use these during the actual coding. Arrays, conditions and cycles are usually enough.
    - Practice. TopCoder, CodefForces, HackerRank, Codechef... These are the tasks you should expect.
    - Be positive. You've got nothing to lose.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Google (London, England (UK)) in July 2014.

    Interview

    Applied in November 2013
    HR got in touch in March 2014
    First phone interview in April 2014
    Second in May 2014
    5 On-site interviews in July 2014

    HR was super nice.
    One out of the 5 on-site interviewers was super unfriendly (and just came out of the shower w/ wet hair). She presented a graph problem which I considered my speciality. It had one tweak which she explained very badly. I asked her to reexplain the tweak twice. Then I was like "I understood it that way. So I'd do it this way. What do you think?". She then told me to "just implement it". I implemented it very fast. In the meantime, she read my CV. When I concluded, she looked at the code (which was probably 15-20 LoC). She then noticed that the way I handled the tweak was different to what she said. So she was like: "I told you to do it that way. What did you do there?". While I felt a little offended because if she had put a little more effort in explaining it I would have gotten it right away. Her version would have been even easier to implement.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Google (London, England (UK)) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Got contacted by a recruiter, who set up a phone interview a week later. The phone interview was very technical, just a couple of questions about my University projects and the rest of the time was focused on solving an algorithm task, the interview was about 50 minutes long. The next day my recruiter told me that he got positive feedback and they would like to set up an on-site interview in London. There were 5 head to head interviews, 4 of which where very similar to the phone interview and one was focused on systems design. A week after the on-site interviews I was informed that they were going through to the offer process, and a week after that I got the offer.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Google (London, England (UK)) in November 2013.

    Interview

    I uploaded my CV in the jobs section and I was contacted by a recruiter few days later. He scheduled a phone called after a week about general info on my CV and what I studied at university, lasted 15min. Then he scheduled the technical phone call two weeks later.

    After two days the recruiter called me to say that I passed the interview and I flew to London a month later.
    There I had the usual 4 interviews.
    The questions were quite tough and it is difficult to say if my answer were good cause the interviewers always nod and smile which is good cause it relaxes but it doesn't give a feedback.

    The recruiter called me few days later and told me that my results in programming weren't good enough.

    Overall it was an amazing experience, everyone was very kind and gentle, google payed the flight and the hotel (4stars in the center of london).

    Interview Questions

    • In the phone call the engineer asked me two programming questions:

      Implement a function that calculates in how many ways it is possible to climb a stair given that you can raise one step or two step at a time. (solution Fibonacci like)
      Then asked me general info about fibonacci sequence and few questions in the field of algebra (modulo operations).

      Second problem was to generate a random sequence of number for Lotto extraction.

      Onsite i had three interviews:
      3 about programming and 1 about system design (general question about detecting bot in social network, youtube and google+).   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Google (London, England (UK)) in October 2013.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiter via e-mail and subsequently via telephone.
    Scheduled a telephone interview with an engineer and received ample information about preparation. Recruiter was friendly and open to questions.

    First interview was via telephone and Google doc. Had to solve a relatively easy sorting problem which I implemented in Java. The interviewer was very friendly.

    Second interview was the same but a different interviewer, who seemed more reserved, and a different problem which I couldn't solve as easily.

    Interview Questions

    • Dynamically build a tree from a stream of father-child tuples.   Answer Question

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