Good questions to ask during your interviews

Jun 13 8 Comments

I just had an interview this week (with Google) and I've been studying for weeks. I prepped a list of questions while I was added. I'm glad I did, because 3/5 of my interviewers actually made a note of every question I asked, so I assume those will be noted in their feedback to the Hiring Committee.

I hope these can help ya'll out in case you needed ideas.

1. What does your day typically look like at Google?

2. Which groups of people do you work with often? (i.e. designers, PMs, developers, technical writers, customer facing roles, execs, etc.)

3. Where did you work before Google? How does it compare to your current role and what was the transition like?

4. Outside the benefits everyone at Google enjoys, what else pulled you in to Google?

5. Have you had the opportunity to travel? If yes, where and why?

6. Does the company encourage growth of any kind? If yes, how?

7. (This question is if the interviewer is not in the role you are interviewing for but is in a role you would interact with often if you were to get hired) How is it like working with <insert name of role you are applying for>? Do you find it valuable? Are there any requests you have or recommendations on making this kind of work relationship better?

8. Have you had the opportunity to work on something super existing here at Google that you didn't expect OR that is outside of your normal duties?

9. What is a technology you are most excited about currently?

10. How is your work-life balance while working at Google?

11. Have you build any meaningful non-work relationships while working here?

12. How often do you get to work cross-teams? Have you had the opportunity to do this personally?

13. Do you sit with a given 'team' (various roles that work on a given product/api/project) or do you sit with your department (people in same exact role as you)? Are employees given the option to do one or the other? What do you prefer personally and why?

14. Do you prefer being involved in working on actual products/features that have a UI or do you prefer working on API's that do not have a front end?

15. Have you met anyone super exciting at Google that you were blown away by? Be it a celebrity, someone who invented a language, or just someone who really impressed you. Who, what, and why?

16. In terms of people you helped hire or someone who was brand new to Google, how have you seen them change and grow immediately after coming in to the company?

17. Being on campus all day makes me feel like I'm back in college. There is a certain air to this environment. How does it personally make you feel and impact your work? (And do you ever get lost haha!)

18. If something bad happens (like an error in your work or a bad release), how does Google handle it? How does your team handle it? How does it impact you and how do you personally handle it? How is this different than a previous company you've worked for?

Hope these help! I didn't ask them all, but I did practice them so it would sound more natural. I'd ask a couple of these in each interview section throughout the day and anything else that felt appropriate and contextual.

It felt like the interviewers really liked to be challenged with a question and then loved it especially if you wrapped your time up with a fun lighthearted question so that they'd leave with a smile and good thoughts about their experience with you. They have to write feedback about you right away, so it's good to leave them with a nice impression - no matter what else happened in the 'official' part of the interview!

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  • New leetasf
    Jun 13 2
    • Oracle pzd
      🤣🤣 OMG 😂
      Jun 13
    • Amazon pfaricy
      Another big reason for blind is to get these memes
      Jun 21
  • Microsoft / Eng
    hmboy17

    Microsoft Eng

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    hmboy17more
    Before you ask any question to anyone...ask a simple question to yourself. Why? Trust me you’ll find all answers and questions Vs practicing everything before hand to shine...sorry but it’s a sad part of south Asian education system.
    Jun 13 1
    • New leetasf
      Maybe OP is not South Asian? I think irrespective of race, everyone lists few things out before interview.
      Jun 13
  • Cisco yya
    Did you get an offer? Which level?
    Jun 13 0
  • Regeneron eljE63
    Hmm
    Jun 13 0
  • Cruise Automation gfjykjjvgd
    Interesting questions, but what’s beside them? What are trying to figure out asking these questions?
    Jun 13 0

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