Tags: , | Posted by Admin on 10/11/2008 9:50 AM | Comments (10)
First, let's make it clear: I never worked at Google, but the following post is the result of my extensive research of google's interview process. This is my version of their interviewer guide, and I can't promise that it is totally accurate.
Google's interview process is build around the idea that the candidate must never know or be able to claim that he passed the interviews sucessfully, until they actually hire him. The reason is that if Google will
end up rejecting a candidate that aced the interviews, he will be able to sue them for discrimination with regard to his search history.
Since it is perfectly legal for them to look at it, and it is their obligation to do it, the candidate does not have to show a proof that they actually did that - it is obvious. They will obviously do not admit that, or will say their opinion about his search history - because it is something internal, a secret they hide from the candidate (just like his previous employers opinion of him).

They hide it for the benefit of the candidate too, because to be rejected because of a suspicion of a mental illness that is implied by the search history is obviously endlessly embarassing.

Google uses the following techniques for this purpose:

1) They never give you feedback right after the interview.
2) There are many interviews, and Google says you have to be good in all of them in order to succeed.
3) There might be many interviews in a single day, so the candidate will probably not be at his best in some of them.
4) They ask you to code, ask you about your past projects, and all kinds of not too personal
questions - like what are your hobbies. It is very hard to know if they liked your answer.
5) They ask you really hard questions, and say it is because they are interested in your "thought process".
6) You see many different people from various backgrounds, some might be from abroad. The interview process usually includes flights to abroad.
7) They ask you questions about things that you are not supposed to know.
8) They might use body language readers in the interviews.
9) They ask for a references list, and call each person there.
10) There are interviews with multiple interviewers (they are all supposed to like you).
11) They tell you that they are interested in people with all kind of strange hobbies and unique personal traits.
12) They write everything you do during the interview, and submit it to Larry and Sergey.
13) The interviewers do not speak among themeselves, and they give the results of

the interviews to Larry and Sergey. This way they also make sure that if they do look at your personal information, nobody but Larry and Sergey, that make the final decision, knows about it (i.e. it is done in the most discrete way possible).

There is obviously nothing evil about it, it's the only way they can make sure that the candidate will never be left suspicious that the reason they rejected him is his personal information (most people don't know that it is legal for them to check it). The worst case scenario is that a very naive candidate with mental problems (for example, he searched for suicidal content) will approach them, and they will reject him in a way that it will be clear to him that it is purely because of his personal information. The entire interview process is built so as to prevent this.

Comments (10) -

Monroe on 10/10/2008 12:50 PM I have doubt too.
Lambert on 10/10/2008 3:08 PM Is it truth?
Kelvin on 10/10/2008 5:26 PM Great article, thanks
James on 10/10/2008 7:44 PM Sounds like bullshit to me.
Drew on 10/10/2008 10:02 PM Man this interview scares the crap outta ma :\
Carver on 10/11/2008 12:20 AM Nice piece of information, but now a significant percentage of adword publishers are loosing money in PPC, $$$ in clicks but no sales, if this continues adword will bomb in a year, and google shares will fall below $50, and then who would bother to join google?
Blaine on 10/11/2008 2:38 AM I dont understand
Barry on 10/11/2008 4:56 AM Oh great... My close friend is working at Google India (Hyderabad). He says it's pretty simple to get through for entry level jobs.
Adriana on 10/11/2008 7:14 AM I had interviews there, I asked people that work there, and I gathered some info from the web. It should be a very accurate description of their interviewer's guide.
John on 10/11/2008 9:32 AM Wow... Thanks for the great information..

From Where did you get this info?

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