Google Interview Expirience

Wix.com TcEs77
Sep 28 19 Comments

Hi Blind, recently had an onsite with Google and want to share my experience. There were 3 coding interviews, 1 soft skills, 1 design. Interviewers were super friendly and generally it was more like tech discussion with my colleagues, no pressure. The questions were:
1. Leetcode easy + optimisations which converted it into med. Nothing special. I made two requested optimisations and messed up with the third one;
2. Medium interval related problem. The problem statement was obscure and I spent about 15 minutes trying to understand what interviewer wanted and clear corner cases.
3. Variation of topological sort. Haven't seen such problem at leetcode. Coded, but missed two bugs, after interviewer highlighted them - fixed the code.
4. Design was something crazy. It consisted of two problems and you will not find those in Grokking System Design course. Basically, I was asked to implement a sort of data collector + data analytics tool for multi data center environment. Interviewer was not very responsive and kept nodding to everything I was saying. Dunno, how is it possible to answer this question in 45 minutes without practicing it in front of the mirror for several times.

After the interview I had a so-so feeling. I thought that I did well in 3rd round, and the 2nd round was bad, since I spent a lot of time trying to understand the problem and interviewer had no time to ask optimisation questions.

In 3 days recruiter called me and after she thanked for my time, I already knew it would be a reject. Fun part, that she said I did great in 2nd round, and because of the bugs in code - 3rd round went bad. And I bombed system design question, since my design was too abstract. So, never trust your personal feelings folks :)

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TOP 19 Comments
  • Riverbed Technology dagdaubab
    Friendly interviewers == Super judgemental interviewers

    Always, always be skeptical about your feelings and never let your guard down during interviews.

    Anyways, just 2C.
    Sep 28 2
    • Wix.com TcEs77
      OP
      I'm not saying that I thought I did good, because they were friendly. Just want to point out that they did everything to reduce the stress.
      Sep 28
    • You gave some really valuable advices. Thanks riverbed..
      Sep 28
  • New / R&D judgejudE
    So much for seeing "how you think" vs can you get a flawless solution first time
    Sep 28 2
    • State Farm sweeeeee
      Yeah for real. Was really hoping OP got it.
      Sep 28
    • Facebook ⭕w⭕
      They do care about how you think...but only after you've solved 300 leetcode problems.
      Sep 28
  • Indeed / Eng uPrj01
    Was this for level 4?
    Sep 28 10
    • Cerner / Eng
      StyaPichai

      Cerner Eng

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      Arunachala.
      StyaPichaimore
      +1. Even mine didn't have sys design. They asked me to take 2 additional sys design interviews to be considered for l5
      Sep 28
    • Google / Eng
      Qlan

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      Qlanmore
      I just interviewed a guy for L4 and there was a system design interview in his loop.
      Sep 28
    • PayPal insrtName
      Ok, that answers it once and for all
      Sep 28
    • Bloomberg Enig16
      L4 may or may not have a system design round. It’s not that complicated people
      Sep 28
    • Wix.com TcEs77
      OP
      It was for L4 swe-sre. Also, my friend had an option to choose between coding and system design question, while I didn't. He had an interview for swe, not sure about the level.
      Sep 28
  • Microsoft
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    Thanks for sharing. You should share it on leetcode also
    Sep 28 1
    • Cerner / Eng
      StyaPichai

      Cerner Eng

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      Arunachala.
      StyaPichaimore
      This.
      Sep 28

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