Google on-site SWE track: cloud or general?

IBM ketone
Oct 20, 2018 14 Comments

Hi,
I passed my phone interview recently and have been asked by my Google sourcer about which track I want to go ahead with for SWE onsite. I am considering general and Cloud, but I am not able to decide. I have some cloud background and two published papers in the field. But I am not really like an expert. In terms of the interview and evaluation, is there any difference between those tracks? I am thinking maybe the cloud background will give me some advantage in evaluation phase, but as far as interviews go, is there any difference in the content/pattern? Also, is there any downside to google cloud swe track?

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TOP 14 Comments
  • Google gws🦄
    Go for cloud
    Oct 20, 2018 5
    • Google AWASU7
      +1 clouds hiring bar is lower && has more headcount open
      Oct 20, 2018
    • Oracle Supermusk
      Is the hiring bar comment true?
      Oct 20, 2018
    • IBM ketone
      OP
      @gws, awasu7 - Thank you. Is there any difference in the interview pattern compared to the general track? Like, is comparatively less time spent on ds and algo , because they need to probe more in the same time frame. Any interview tips for the cloud specific track?
      Oct 20, 2018
    • Intel VNeverKnow
      Awasu7 - is your hiring bar comment true?
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Google AWASU7
      It is. Note same interview but I've seen ppl hired as l6 when they are really a l5. So lots of level inflation
      Nov 21, 2018
  • Google wjuz33
    You interview for Google, not a particular team. When you go to a PA for on-sites, you are essentially giving them the first chance to speak with you if your onsites go well. Your interview process won't be different and you'll probably be interviewed by engineers in several different PAs anyhow.
    Oct 20, 2018 3
    • IBM ketone
      OP
      Thank you. What is "PA"?
      Oct 21, 2018
    • Google wjuz33
      Product Area.
      Oct 21, 2018
    • IBM ketone
      OP
      Ooh ok, thank you!
      Oct 21, 2018
  • Intel / Eng Mjxjrhrhdv
    First clear the onsite interview.
    Oct 20, 2018 1
    • IBM ketone
      OP
      My sourcer told me to first choose a track, so that she can forward me to the appropriate recruiter, who will schedule my on-site.
      Oct 20, 2018
  • Nvidia z3r0b0nu5
    Is this google tc? Seems too low
    Oct 20, 2018 1

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