Google Interview Process: Expert Guide, Questions & Tips

So you’ve got an interview at Google — congrats! That’s no mean feat… Now you just have the small matter of acing Google’s gruelling interview process. Here are our top tips:

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A survey found that Google is the number-one company that most tech workers in the US want to work for. It’s easy to see why, we ranked them as one of the best FAANG companies to work for.

Unfortunately, it’s not easy to receive a job offer from Google. You’re far more likely to be accepted into Harvard than make it through the company’s notoriously difficult interview process, which has an acceptance rate of only 0.2%.

Thinking that you have what it takes? Apply!

Once you’ve received an invitation from them for an interview, you can use this guide from 4 Day Week on the Google interview process, to prepare for what’s to come!

Google Hiring Process Overview

From the very first step of applying to the moment you receive a job offer, you’ll have to go through five stages.

  • Stage 1: Resume screenings
  • Stage 2: Phone screenings
  • Stage 3: On-site interviews
  • Stage 4: Hiring committee reviews
  • Stage 5: Executive reviews

Every stage in the process is important, but the most critical are Stage 2 (phone screenings) and Stage 3 (on-site interviews). These are the stages where they judge your relevant working skills and assess whether you’re compatible with Google’s work culture.

You may be asked to participate in up to 2 rounds of phone screenings. If all goes well, you’ll move on to on-site interviews at a Google office. This portion can stretch out for longer and consist of 4–5 rounds. Each interview lasts about 45 minutes on average, and they have a pass rate ranging from 15% to 20%.

Next, your performance in the tests is reviewed by a hiring committee. If all committee members are impressed by how you handled yourself, they’ll submit a hiring motion to Google’s executives.

Every job offer has to be reviewed by Google executives before sending it to candidates. This is the very last phase, and once the offer has received their stamp of approval…