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Thoughts about google interview experience.

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My first ever onsite with google. Easy questions. All unseen problems after 323 leets. Not happy talking to google people. Don't care attitude and one line answers. Hard to keep up the conversation. Everyone cribbing about the huge amount of work and its crazy. Poor time management by 3 of 5 interviewers. One of next interviewer lost its patience on current interviewer because of eating up the extra time. 2 of 5 coded well. Other 2 interviewers not looking so much for the code, more about discussion, time went by and Chromebook went empty (I wanted to have one working code). 1 interviewer, after writing two pseudo-code solutions, asked me to write brute force code instead of optimal code (why?). Five back to back 45 min interviews in hurry (no break in between).

Recently interviewed with amzn (pass), msft (pass), oci (pass), dropbox (fail), lyft (pass), uber (fail), airbnb (fail), hulu (pass), apple (waiting), and google (waiting).

My experience compared to other companies: the overall feeling is that my interaction with google folks was a disaster. I felt like I was set to fail.

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  • Microsoft MuskofElon
    Everyone is super nice but they are soo slow. No urgency to do anything. Bad attitude if they ever decide to get serious about their cloud business.
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      Looking at the public cloud offerings market, my intuition is google cannot compete with Amazon and Microsoft. And OCI could get to third position with time (competing with amzn and msft).
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  • Amazon ChiknTikka
    Given how slow their hiring process is it is a wonder they are ever able to staff new initiatives or respond to changes in business opportunity at all. So much good engineeering talent wasted.
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  • Google / Engcome2daddy
    They asked you to write un optimal code tp check if you have mugged up the most optimal solution or if you really understand the problem. Google’s interview is different and difficult from other’s simply because they look for this key attribute - ability to understand complex problems.

    About people being slow , consider from other side. This is good for employees who have freedom to be slow. Part of culture. But yes, they do appreciate your concern and I can gaurantee there was no arrogance or foul play in keeping you waiting. It is all just part of chilled environment.
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    • Microsoft MereDork
      Lol. Sorry but you're delusional about what google interviewers look for.
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    • New OJFo88
      I’ll second this because in my onsite, I gave most optimal solution at my first attempt and while I was discussing it, another less efficient solution came to my mind and I explained both solutions to interviewer and he asked me to code less efficient one. Strange
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  • Walmart.com rand.randm
    Did you interview with cloud ? Have heard such stories from folks who interviewed with them .
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      JohnMcPop`

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      It was general hiring. No team was discussed with HR.
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    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      Ok
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  • How did you get calls from all those companies? Applied online or through referral? Curious to know especially about Lyft and Uber
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    • Microsoft alex5
      Also wanna know
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      Recruiter first messaged on linkedin since mid October until mid December. Did all the phone screens. I took time and scheduled all onsites in a 3 week window. Took 3 weeks of vacation from office.
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  • Google / EngGlassBear
    Honestly it just sounds like you were too slow on what might have been starter questions.
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    • Glassdoor kafvhgdg
      Please don't use glass in your nickname, it embarrasses me
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  • What is your goal, just pass/fail check marks or take a job? I'm assuming some offers expired by now?
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      Said no to msft, oci and hulu.
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  • Facebook / Eng
    aIvD07

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    Expedia, Facebook
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    How many leetcodes did u do?
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    • Amazon ChiknTikka
      He said 323 leets in the original post.
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  • USDA / EngGMletsdoit
    To which role did you get interviewed ? L3 or L4 ?
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      L4 evaluation. YOE 6.
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  • Google mooncalf1
    Hmm, that wasn't my experience at all, but it's certainly possible that you were just unlucky with your interviewers. Sorry you had a bad experience. Good luck on the result, sometimes it's hard to gauge oneself on interview performance so anything could happen.
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  • Microsoft refillable
    Wow! 323 LC problems seems like a lot. How much time did it take you to solve al these problems?
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      13 months. I did LC hards twice.
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    • NetApp LBJKD
      There's around 200 LC hards. Did you do all these twice?
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      41 LC hards to be precise.
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    • Microsoft refillable
      And how much time did you devote towards practicing each day?
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  • Rubrik blindedog
    Do the needful
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  • New phzt36
    I got both situations at google when the interviewer was inactive and forced to write a less optimal solution. Btw, after solving 323 leets everything is unseen? Which topics those questions were covering? What was the difficulty from your measurement.
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  • Intel / Eng!!!???
    Which location?
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  • New ktFx33
    OCI could get further don’t you think? Oracle has many locked in tight. Data migration is not an option for too many: assuming google offers a good package where will you go?
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