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  1. Helpful (2040)  

    Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Google (Mountain View, CA (US)) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Direct onsite because I interviewed in the past and did well that time. From the time I sent my resume to interview day: 2 weeks. From interview day to offer over the phone: 2 weeks.

    The syllabus for the interviews is very clear and simple:
    1) Dynamic Programming
    2) Super recursion (permutation, combination,...2^n, m^n, n!...etc. type of program. (NP hard, NP programs)
    3) Probability related programs
    4) Graphs: BFS/DFS are usually enough
    5) All basic data structures from Arrays/Lists to circular queues, BSTs, Hash tables, B-Trees, and Red-Black trees, and all basic algorithms like sorting, binary search, median,...
    6) Problem solving ability at a level similar to TopCoder Division 1, 250 points. If you can consistently solve these, then you are almost sure to get in with 2-weeks brush up.
    7) Review all old interview questions in Glassdoor to get a feel. If you can solve 95% of them at home (including coding them up quickly and testing them out in a debugger + editor setup), you are in good shape.
    8) Practice coding--write often and write a lot. If you can think of a solution, you should be able to code it easily...without much thought.
    9) Very good to have for design interview: distributed systems knowledge and practical experience.
    10) Good understanding of basic discrete math, computer architecture, basic math.
    11) Coursera courses and assignments give a lot of what you need to know.
    12) Note that all the above except the first 2 are useful in "real life" programming too!

    Interview 1:
    Graph related question and super recursion

    Interview 2:
    Design discussion involving a distributed system with writes/reads going on at different sites in parallel.

    Interview 3:
    Array and Tree related questions

    Interview 4:
    Designing a simple class to do something. Not hard, but not easy either. You need to know basic data structures very well to consider different designs and trade-offs.

    Interview 5:
    Dynamic programming,
    Computer architecture and low level perf. enhancement question which requires knowledge of Trees, binary search, etc.

    At the end, I wasn't tired and rather enjoyed the discussions. I think the key was long term preparation and time spent doing topcoder for several years (on and off as I enjoy solving the problems).

    Conclusion: "It's not the best who win the race; it's the best prepared who win it."

    Negotiation

    You can and should negotiate politely. You are in a stronger position if you have another offer, but even otherwise, you should ask for more of every type of payment!


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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Google in April 2015.

    Interview

    Phone interview:
    The Interviewer was late for 20 mins... Ask nothing on my resume.
    Tow questions:
    1) A string consists of ‘0’, ‘1’ and '?'. The question mark can be either '0' or '1'. Find all possible combinations for a string.
    2) Give you a text file, remove duplicated lines.
        Follow up: If the file is very large, general hash map takes too much spaces, come up with a better solution.

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  3. Helpful (1)  

    Google Adwords Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    The interview process was lengthy and competitive, I think I went through a total of 4 or 5 rounds and made it to the final where they brought the candidates onsite.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain Google AdWords like you would to someone who doesn’t understand the internet   Answer Question

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    Machine Learning Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a Google recruiter for a ML software engineer position. I was scheduled with an engineer but he forgot to interview on the date. We re-arranged the time and had a phone interview while coding on Google doc.

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    Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    It was long and took months of interviews, both in person and virtual. I felt like it was a job in itself. I took many Tests and had to memorize a credo that I wasn't sure where it came from.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you feel you are strong enough to work here? what are your faults.   Answer Question

  6.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    4 technical coding questions. Most Interviewers were nice and helpful. One did not offer any feedback whatsoever during the process, probably failed that one. Campus was nice, got a tour of the buildings and cafeterias and ate lunch there

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Horrific to say the least unless you know i don't know what else to say here. The interviews are just weird and difficult. If you want to interview here, first get the book Cracking the PM Interview

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    STEP Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    Two phone interviews, both asked coding questions. I aced both questions and finished early, but didn't get an offer for whatever reason. Interviewers were really nice however and answered questions to the best of their ability.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Two over the phone interviews. Each person ha a different technical question to ask. I got stuck on some of the minutae of Python. The interviewers were decent, I guess some of it is just luck of the draw I suppose.


  10.  

    Software Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Google.

    Interview

    The whole interview process takes 2 to 2.5 months to complete. Google interviews for software developers consist of 5 to 7 interviews in total. This includes an initial phone screen with a Google recruiter, followed by 4 to 6 on-site interviews with different Google employees

    Interview Questions

    • What is your favorite Google product, and how would you improve it? — ...
      If you wanted to bring your dog to work but one of your team members was allergic to dogs what would you do? — ...
      If ads were removed from YouTube, how would you monetize it? —   Answer Question

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