Google L3 vs. L4 Interview

Microsoft / Eng plshireme
Oct 1, 2018 8 Comments

2.5 YOE 220k TC

My Google recruiter has told me that I will be getting interviewed as a L4. They also told me not to worry about system design questions, and that Google only asks those to people with 5+ YOE.

Is my recruiter correct in that I will not be asked system design questions? If that is true, then what is the difference between a L3 vs L4 interview? Given I only have 2.5 YOE, would requesting to be interviewed as a L3 increase my chances of being hired?

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TOP 8 Comments
  • LinkedIn zDrb24
    Recruiter said the same thing to me and I was asked a system design question with 1.5 yoe
    Oct 1, 2018 2
    • Microsoft / Eng plshireme
      OP
      Wtf. I think if they ask me one, I will straight up tell them I am not prepared for this because my recruiter told me not to worry
      Oct 2, 2018
    • LinkedIn zDrb24
      Yea but they couldn't care less about you
      Oct 2, 2018
  • Microsoft Nebfjsnx
    Do you have a masters or phd?
    Oct 5, 2018 1
    • Microsoft / Eng plshireme
      OP
      Nope, went to top tier school for undergrad tho
      Oct 5, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng fir
    If you do very well in the interviews they'll give you L4, otherwise you'll get L3. System design isn't required at L4 for Google. No reason not to shoot for it, if the interviews are as your recruiter described (L4 without sys design) then it's just a L4/L3 loop and you'll automatically be considered for L3 if your interview performance wasn't good enough.
    Oct 7, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng
    googaga

    Google Eng

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    Intel
    googagamore
    recruiters are full of bs
    Oct 3, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng
    FTcI53

    Google Eng

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    Sumo Logic
    FTcI53more
    Yes. The l4 basically means designs with guidance. L5 means design independently
    Oct 1, 2018 0