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Updated September 25th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Question 1 of 30
What is your favorite Google product?
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Google launches new and exciting products on a regular basis. They are continually providing new ways to make our lives easier. The interviewer is interested in knowing which Google products you use the most, or find to be the most useful.

Google products include:

- Search engine
- Search engine advertising
- Email
- Calendar software
- A suite of productivity applications, spreadsheet, word-processing, and photo-editing software
- Cloud storage for consumers and cloud computing for businesses
- Smartphone/tablet operating system
- Computerized glasses
- Self-driving cars
- Home monitoring systems
- Drones
- Photographs of every street in the world
- A language translation service.
- Google Hangouts (video-conferencing software)

And, this list is to name a few! Discuss with the interviewer about the products you love and even the ones that you are most interested in trying.
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1.
What is your favorite Google product?
Google launches new and exciting products on a regular basis. They are continually providing new ways to make our lives easier. The interviewer is interested in knowing which Google products you use the most, or find to be the most useful.

Google products include:

- Search engine
- Search engine advertising
- Email
- Calendar software
- A suite of productivity applications, spreadsheet, word-processing, and photo-editing software
- Cloud storage for consumers and cloud computing for businesses
- Smartphone/tablet operating system
- Computerized glasses
- Self-driving cars
- Home monitoring systems
- Drones
- Photographs of every street in the world
- A language translation service.
- Google Hangouts (video-conferencing software)

And, this list is to name a few! Discuss with the interviewer about the products you love and even the ones that you are most interested in trying.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Currently, I use the entire GSuite nearly every day, and I love it. It saves me time on team collaborations, and I know where everything is. I have a keen interest in trying the Google glasses as well so, that's next on my list."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"How do I choose just one? I am an active user of many Google products. Of course, I use Google Chrome, and I use your search engine multiple times per day. My favorite products also include Google maps as I am on the road a lot and it saves me from getting lost many times per week."
2.
If you could pick a Google Doodle of the day, what would it be?
Are you aware of the background associated with the Google Doodle craze? The Google Doodle is a playful and temporary alteration of Google's logo on their website's homepage. The Doodle is often associated with holidays or special events. Google introduced the very first Doodle in 1998 for the Burning Man festival.

Google has a great time with their Doodles, even deploying a team of employees called the Doodlers, to create these illustrations. Have some fun with this question!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"If I could create a Google Doodle of the day, I would create one for National Donut Day - my favorite fun holiday. Who doesn't love donuts? I would make the O's' in Google delicious looking pastry creations."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"This is a fun question! If I could create a Google Doodle, I would make one that reminded people of National Volunteer Day, which is September 21st. The Doodle could portray people all over the world, helping each other out."
3.
How do you define success?
What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see success and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I define success by my ability to reach the goals that are set out for me. On a personal level, the things I wish to achieve in my life. On a work level, the targets that are set out for me as well as the professional development that I seek."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I consider a project successful only when I have produced work that I can be proud of."
4.
Google hosts hundreds of University outreach events to find top talent. How would you 'sell' Google to a talented graduate?
You may think that everyone wants to work for Google, but when it comes to the employment of recent grads, who display top talent in their field, the competition can be stiff. If you were at a University career fair, how would you sell Google? Keep your answer to the point, exciting, and full of fun facts related to working for Google.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"If I were to sell the idea of working for Google, I would sell the fact that once Google is on your resume, you are set for life. Google sets the stage not only for a successful career but it also changes the mindset of each employee, teaching people to perform at a level that few others tap into."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would sell Google by reminding them that working for Google is like winning the employment jackpot. Who wouldn't want to win that jackpot as their first move right out of University."
5.
What do you think you will like about this role with Google?
The interviewer wants to hear what you are looking forward to learning and experiencing in this new position. Talk about what excites you! Share how this position will challenge you and help you grow. New opportunities are a chance for you to demonstrate your skills.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I look forward to working for a company that thinks big and takes risks. The idea that I could be a part of creating products and tools of the future, that will benefit billions of users, is inspiring to me."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am looking forward to getting more experience in UI, and feel that Google is the best place for me. You have a great reputation for creating beautiful and easy to use products."
6.
Looking at our products and services, what do you think we do better at Google than any of our competitors?
Before your interview, be sure to research Google and any awards or recognition they have recently received. In their industry, and competitive space, where do they stand out? Be sure to speak positively about Google'srecent achievements to show that you are interested and engaged in their work.

Some awards that Google has won include:

- Best Company for Professional Development
- Best CEO's for Diversity
- Brand of the Year
- Best Technical Achievement
- Best Company Culture

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When I was preparing for this interview I noticed that Google is awarded for employing a top CEO for Women, and Diversity. The topic of women in tech is one that is continually growing in popularity and Google is a trailblazer in this particular arena which is amazing."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"After reading reviews on your company, I believe that your reputation is the most solid and sincere of all your competitors. Innovative products and an unapologetic drive are what makes Google stand out."
7.
Culture fit is important to us at Google. How would you describe your personality?
Google has been awarded Best Company Culture for excellent reasons. Some of the employee perks include:

- Flexibility to work hours that suit you
- The freedom to be creative
- Access to experts in nearly every tech field
- Dog-friendly work environment
- Offices that promote collaboration and creativity
- Endless professional development opportunities

On top of incredible perks like free chef-prepared meals, free health and dental, hybrid car subsidies, nap pods, video games, ping pong, and on-site physicians, Google also presents a well-rounded understanding of employee needs which includes pay, perks, amenities, work/life balance and more. Briefly discuss why your personality will work well with Google's values and principles.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would describe myself as a customer-obsessed do-er. I like to give and receive feedback, which I implement immediately. I am adaptable and not stuck on particular rules. I believe in flexibility and creativity while remaining considerate to my employer and my coworkers."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would describe my personality as collaborative, and positive. I like to spend my time thinking of ways to fix problems rather than dwell on them. I lead with kindness, I make healthy choices, and enjoy lending a helping hand."
8.
At Google we take privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement, if hired?
Signing a non-disclosure agreement is quite common in the software and technology industry. If hired, you will likely become privy to trade secrets, pending patents, and other innovative projects that must remain confidential. Talk to the interviewer about your willingness to sign an agreement. If you are currently under a non-disclosure or non-compete agreement with your present employer, now is the time to discuss that.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have signed non-disclosure agreements in the past; although I am not currently under one. I see the importance of agreements such as this and am most willing to comply."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am happy to review any privacy and confidentiality agreements that you have."
9.
How do you keep up-to-date on new technologies and trends in this industry?
One way that a potential employer will gauge 'fit' is by ensuring that you are passionate about the tech industry. Show the interviewer that you are passionate about your industry by openly discussing how you stay on top of industry trends and news.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I keep up to date on new technologies and trends through a variety of sources. I follow blogs from industry leaders such as Elon Musk, Larry Page, and Guy Kawasaki. I also read multiple articles online per week related to Google news and releases."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I keep up on new trends in this industry by taking additional coursework online, whenever possible. I also follow a few of my favorite influencers on social media."
Anonymous Answer
"I have an application called flip-board, which lets me be up-to-date with the most relevant events every day on topics that interest me."
Rachelle's Answer
Flipboard is a great app - I use it too! What kind of topics and stories do you subscribe to? This will give the interviewer more perspective.
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10.
How long will it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our team?
The interviewer would like to know that you are prepared to contribute to their organization right away. If you were to be the successful candidate, when do you expect to make a viable contribution to the organization? Talk to the interviewer about your plan to create a fast impact. If you are interviewing for a sales role, it's a great idea to come to your interview prepared with a 90-day action plan.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am interested in making an impact on Google right away and have already crafted a plan to make that happen. I am a solid software engineering professional, and I plan to learn everything I can about your processes, right away. These actions should amount to a strong increase in activity for your department within the first few weeks of my onboarding."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Because I have worked for Bing for the past year, I suspect that my impact here will be immediate. I like to learn quickly and will be immersing myself in your training manuals the moment you give me the green light!"
11.
Have you read through Google's Technical Development Guide?
Google often foregoes the need for a traditional computer science degree for many of their tech positions. What they often look for is aptitude, and the hiring authorities at Google understand that this can be self-guided, or come in the form of online learning and other non-traditional technical coursework.

Take a good look through Google's Technical Development Guide. They have curated materials from a variety of sources, including Google, intended to complement your classwork or help you in your self-directed learning adventure.

With the Google Technical Development Guide, you can find education suggestions related to:

- Foundations of Programming
- Advanced Programming
- Machine Learning
- Cloud Computing

Discuss with the interviewer the path that interests you the most, and which coursework you have taken or are interested in completing, according to this particular guide.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I read through the Google Technical Development Guide and greatly appreciate the resources and recommendations related to Cloud Computing. The module that interested me most was the complete guide for 'Building Your Next Serverless Application.' It will take me some time to comb through every resource, but I am highly committed."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I understood the Technical Development Guide to be a tool for those seeking full-time employment with Google. I have completed and gone through every resource provided in your Foundations of Programming section of the guide. The information was beneficial, and I appreciate the tools and resources Google provided me. Thank you!"
12.
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
The interviewer would like to know if you are satisfied with your interview performance. If your interview were a flop, you would know, and it's much better to address outright your performance than try to sweep it under the rug.

If you feel that your performance in the interview is going well: 'I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?'

If you feel that your performance in the interview is not going well: "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I feel confident about our discussion today and am looking forward to the next steps in the interview process."
13.
What is Google's company mission, and what does it mean to you?
We recommend that you memorize Google's famous company mission before your interview. However, going the extra step to understanding what it means, is also very important.

Google's mission statement is: 'To organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.'

Explain to the interviewer what this means to you. Be sure to express your excitement when it comes to joining them in their mission!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I know that Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. To me, this means that Google wants to empower everyone around the world with knowledge and resources. It's an incredible mission, and I look forward to being a part of it."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. To me, this means that Google wants to be the ultimate purveyor of information, making knowledge available to anyone who seeks it out."
14.
Google celebrates diversity. In which ways do you celebrate those different from you?
Diversity and inclusion are celebrated topics at Google, and the interviewer would like to know that you share this mindset. Google's annual diversity report is available online for your review. Some of the key points include:

- Extending D&I. Shared ownership in accelerating diversity & inclusion efforts.
- Increasing Transparency. Google publishes their detailed workforce data.
- Overarching Strategy. Their systematic approach includes four commitments: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Integrity.

Share with the interviewer the ways that you celebrate diversity and inclusion.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"As a visible minority myself, I make a conscious effort to include others in learning about my unique culture. Also, I am broad-minded with it comes to the needs and differences of others. Diversity to me is not simply a matter of culture but also of gender identity, age, and more. I am conscious of being sensitive to others in every action that I take in the workplace."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I appreciate the open and transparent effort that Google makes when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. I embrace those different from me and utilize those differences as learning opportunities. I am sensitive to the needs of others and empathetic to the fact that everyone walks a different path, whether that be related to gender identity, sexual orientation, heritage, and more."
15.
What do you work on, in your spare time?
The interviewer would like to hear more about the interests that keep you occupied, outside of your work. There is no wrong or right response to this question; however, you want to ensure that you are insightful and show an interest in activities that will resonate with Google and their culture. You could mention volunteer time, family events, books that you like to read, or ways that you enjoy further educating yourself.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my spare time, I love to read books on how technology shapes our lives and the future of business. I also spend time with my kids and am a volunteer little league coach. I am usually on the go and thoroughly enjoy being an active part of my community."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I spend a lot of hours as a volunteer, outside of work hours. It's important to me to give back to those around me so I will work at the drop-in center every Saturday morning, serving breakfast to the less fortunate. Also, I enjoy outdoor activities such as mountain climbing and kayaking."
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  1. What is your favorite Google product?
  2. If you could pick a Google Doodle of the day, what would it be?
  3. How do you define success?
  4. Google hosts hundreds of University outreach events to find top talent. How would you 'sell' Google to a talented graduate?
  5. What do you think you will like about this role with Google?
  6. Looking at our products and services, what do you think we do better at Google than any of our competitors?
  7. Culture fit is important to us at Google. How would you describe your personality?
  8. At Google we take privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement, if hired?
  9. How do you keep up-to-date on new technologies and trends in this industry?
  10. How long will it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our team?
  11. Have you read through Google's Technical Development Guide?
  12. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
  13. What is Google's company mission, and what does it mean to you?
  14. Google celebrates diversity. In which ways do you celebrate those different from you?
  15. What do you work on, in your spare time?
  16. Tell me one way you want to make an impact on the world.
  17. How would you explain Google Ads to someone unfamiliar with online advertising?
  18. What do you believe is the biggest challenge Google faces, today?
  19. We want to hire people at Google who have the desire to lead others. How many people did you supervise at your last position?
  20. What would you consider your technical specialty?
  21. At Google we seek to hire leaders. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
  22. We encourage innovation at Google. What does innovation mean to you?
  23. Who is the smartest person you know? Explain your answer.
  24. If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
  25. Working at Google, you will experience changes on a regular basis. When have you had to change a major component of your project due to new information being presented?
  26. We consider research to be the backbone of what we do at Google. Do you think it's important to conduct research before beginning a project or would you rather jump right in?
  27. At Google we take pride in our ability to stay one step ahead of our competitors. How will you contribute to this trend?
  28. In your opinion, what has been the biggest advancement in technology this past year?
  29. This role with Google is highly technical. What is your understanding of this position and the responsibilities that come with it?
  30. We seek to hire highly ambitious people. Where would you like your career with Google take you?
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