Google-Style Interview Questions
Describe how you would build an email list
What's the most important part of getting your work done?
Tell me about a time you took a risk and failed.
What's the biggest professional challenge you've faced?
Can you tell me about a time you overcame a setback?
What is an accomplishment you're proud of and why?
What's the most complex or niche thing you know a lot about? can you explain it to me in five minutes or less? (Thesis subject)
What skills do you bring to the table that someone else might not?
If you get this job, what do you want to achieve first?
What's something you think you could teach your team here to do better?
How do you handle work when you don’t have a clear assignment?
What do you most want me to know about you that we haven’t covered yet?
Why should we hire you and not someone else?
What is your favorite Google product, and how would you improve it?
If you wanted to bring your dog to work but one of your team members was allergic to dogs, what would you do?
If ads were removed from YouTube, how would you monetize it?
What do you know about Google?
Design an fire escape and evacuation plan for the building.
Which do you think has more advertising potential in Boston, a flower shop or a funeral home?
A coin was flipped 1,000 times and there were 560 heads. Do you think the coin is biased?
What does "being Googley" mean to you?
Name a prank you would pull on x manager if you were hired.
What is your opinion on whether or not individuals should be required to use their official name when opening a Gmail or Google + account?
What would you want to do if you didn't have to work?
What scares you?
How many ways can you think of to find a needle in a haystack?
Estimate the number of tennis balls that can fit into a plane.
If you could be remembered for one sentence, what would it be?
If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
How do you think the digital advertising world will change in the next three years?
What three things would you change at your university/workplace if you were CEO today?
Describe AdWords to a 7-year-old.
You have a grocery delivery service (similar to Amazon Fresh) that delivers food within 24 hours. Estimate how many trucks you need to operate this service.
How would you explain cloud computing to a 6-year-old?
Tell me what you think about Google charging users $1 per month to use Gmail.
How many haircuts do you think happen in America every year?
List six things that make you nervous.
Tell me something about you that isn't on your résumé.
What is the market for driverless cars in the year 2020?
Model raindrops falling on a sidewalk (sidewalk is 1m and raindrops are 1cm). How could we know when the sidewalk is completely wet?
How would I explain the importance of HTML 5 to Larry Page and then to my grandma?
Tell me a joke.
Do you prefer earning or learning?
If I gave you $10 million right now, what would you do?
Define a service that would allow you to travel to the future.
Would you remove the link to an extremist piece of writing?
How could you solve humankind's biggest crisis given $1 billion and a spacecraft?
You have a colony on Mars that you want to communicate with. How do you build a system to communicate with them?
How many cars travel across a bridge each day?
If you had access to a bank's database, how would you use that information to design an ATM for elderly people?
How would you improve a shoe factory?
Design a mobile social app for a chain of local orthodontist offices.
What is the number of new book titles published in the U.S. each year?
How would you solve homelessness in downtown San Francisco?