Google Site Reliability Engineer Mock Interview

To help you prepare for a Site Reliability Engineer interview at Google, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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How would you describe cloud computing to someone here at Google who doesn't have a technical background?

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List of Google Site Reliability Engineer Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    How would you describe cloud computing to someone here at Google who doesn't have a technical background?

  2. 2.

    How would you define a service level indicator?

  3. 3.

    Can you describe the concept of observability? How would you improve Google's systems observability?

  4. 4.

    What are some of the common data structures you work with in this role?

  5. 5.

    Can you discuss the difference between snat and dnat?

  6. 6.

    Describe to me how you balance the interests of different stakeholders here at Google.

  7. 7.

    What are the fundamental stages of DevOps, and what tools do you use for each of these?

  8. 8.

    Tell me about some of the process improvements you have implemented in the past.

  9. 9.

    Can you describe the differences between DevOps and Site Reliability Engineering?

  10. 10.

    What are some of the basic issues a site reliability engineer addresses in their daily activities?

  11. 11.

    Can you explain how Service Level Objectives, or SLOs, are used in the work of a site reliability engineer?

  12. 12.

    Tell me about the differences between process and thread in the context of site reliability engineering.

  13. 13.

    What is an error budget, and how is it used?

  14. 14.

    What are some of the steps you can take to reduce toil in a process?

  15. 15.

    What is a Linux signal, and what are some common ones you work with?

  16. 16.

    What is Transmission Control Protocol, or TCP, and can you list some of the TCP connection states?

  17. 17.

    Can you define the term 'inode'?

  18. 18.

    What are some of the common Linux kill commands?

  19. 19.

    In your opinion, what are some of the key functions performed by an ideal DevOps team?

  20. 20.

    What is Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and what is it used for?

  21. 21.

    Please discuss hard links and soft links and provide an example of each command.

  22. 22.

    What is a docker container, and how do you secure these?

  23. 23.

    What steps have you taken to improve collaboration between operations and IT teams?

  24. 24.

    Walk me through the process of determining if a Google development team should work on new features or pay down technical debt.

  25. 25.

    How do you establish SLOs and SLIs, and are you open to making adjustments to these when warranted?

  26. 26.

    Can you describe the three pillars of observability and describe the one you depend on the most?

  27. 27.

    How do you integrate the Google customer experience into your SRE strategy?

  28. 28.

    What is your strategy for staying up to date with industry trends and resources?

  29. 29.

    When analyzing a software development pipeline, how do you identify ways to improve its efficiency?

  30. 30.

    What are some of the databases you've used in your previous roles? How do you manage database query times?