The tech giant is notorious for its tough interview questions.
By now, you’ve probably seen one of the many articles that offer a look into a day in the life at a Google office — futuristic architecture boasting Google’s logo colors, rooms with bean bags and hammocks to take a mental break, and cafeterias with delicious-looking grub.
Basically, Google’s work environment is one that loads of people would dream of being a part of, but it’s easier said than done. The tech giant’s interview process certainly isn’t a walk in the park.
In fact, the company is notorious for asking interviewees brain teasers and questions that make you think out of the box in order to gauge how well you perform under pressure.
After fishing through Google interview questions on Glassdoor, we found 22 of the toughest, most mind-blowing, and cringe-worthy questions that Google applicants — both successful and unsuccessful — have been faced with.
1. Describe what happens when you go to Google.com in the most technical way you can.
2. You have 3,000 accounts and 3 weeks to sort through them. What data would you collect and how would you convince your customers to up sell across the verticals?
3. What is your favorite Google product, and how would you improve it?
4. A coin was flipped 1,000 times and there were 560 heads. Do you think the coin is biased?
5. Estimate the number of tennis balls that can fit into a plane.
6. How would you describe a database to a third grader?
7. My processor is consuming too much power. Write a program to reduce processor power consumption.
8. If you could be remembered for one sentence, what would it be?
9. What is the most challenging bug and what did you learn?
10. Tell me a joke.
11. Design an algorithm that predicts where a ball will exit a given maze based on its entry point.
12. If I gave you 10 million dollars right now, what would you do?
13. A web app is crashing and there is no meaningful trace. How would you diagnose the problem?
14. You have a colony on Mars that you want to communicate with. How do you build a system to communicate with them?
15. Would you remove the link to an extremist piece of writing?
16. How would you solve homelessness in downtown San Francisco?
17. Design a new theme park ride.
18. Tell me about a time you had to deal with a difficult coworker.
19. Design a phone for a two-year-old.
20. What do you say to a customer who says they will stop being a customer?
21. Define a service that would allow you to travel to the future.
22. At this stage, do you prefer earning or learning?
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