Ask a youngster fresh out of college and chances are that his dream company to work would be Google, Apple or Facebook – though we aren’t sure if the social networking giant still holds the same aspirational value as earlier. There’s a reason why tech companies are most-sought after as they offer benefits, top salaries, fun and quirky perks, in short, they tick all the boxes for a dream job. Not to forget these are companies that come with a certified “cool” tag. However, getting into these tech giants – especially Google – is anything but a cakewalk. In its recruitment interviews, Google is known to ask weird, mind-boggling and tough questions. Over the years, successful and unsuccessful candidates have shared the questions the tech giant asks in an interview. Here we list out 20 tough questions that have been asked in Google interviews:
1. Profile: Creative specialist
Question: How would I explain the importance of HTML 5 to Larry Page and then to my grandma?
This question was asked in an interview with a creative specialist in January 2016.
2. Profile: Database Administrator
Question: How could you solve humankind’s biggest crisis given $1 billion and a spacecraft?
The question was asked to a database administrator in December 2015.
3. Profile: Software engineer
Question: Let’s say you have to construct Google maps from scratch and guide a person standing on Gateway of India (Mumbai) to India Gate (Delhi). How do you do the same?
A software engineer was asked this question in an interview.
4. Profile: Product Marketing Manager
Question: Estimate the number of students who are college seniors, attend four-year schools, and graduate with a job in the United States every year.
This question was asked to a candidate interviewing for the post of product marketing manager.
5. Profile: Associate Product Manager
Question: If you had access to a bank’s database, how would you use that information to design an ATM for elderly people?
This question was asked in an interview in February 2015.
6. Profile: Product Manager
Question: How would you solve homelessness in downtown San Francisco?
Asked in November 2015 to a candidate interviewing for the post of product manager.
7. Profile: Software engineer
Question: A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?
A software engineer candidate was asked this question in an interview at Google.
8. Profile: Quantitative Compensation Analyst
Question: Anywhere in the world, where would you open up a new Google office and how would you figure out compensation for all the employees at this new office?
9. Profile: Business Analyst
Question: Design an evacuation plan for the building.
This question was asked in a November 2014 interview
10. Profile: Quantitative Analyst
Question: A coin was flipped 1,000 times and there were 560 heads. Do you think the coin is biased?
This question was asked in an interview in September 2015
11. Profile: Administrative Assistant
Question: What is your opinion on whether or not individuals should be required to use their official name when opening a Gmail or Google + account?
A candidate interviewing for the post of administrative assistant was asked this question in 2014.
12. Profile: Engineering manager
Question: You’re the captain of a pirate ship, and your crew gets to vote on how the gold is divided up. If fewer than half of the pirates agree with you, you die. How do you recommend apportioning the gold in such a way that you get a good share of the booty, but still survive?
This question was asked to a candidate interviewing for the post of engineering manager
13. Profile: Business Associate
Question: How many ways can you think of to find a needle in a haystack?
Asked in an interview in May 2014
14. Profile: Associate Account Strategist
Question: 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?
15. Profile: Software engineer
Question: What’s 2 to the power of 64?
16. Profile: Product manager
Question: How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?
17. Profile: Quantitative compensation analyst
Question: What is the probability of breaking a stick into 3 pieces and forming a triangle?
18. Profile: BOLD candidate
Question: Tell me what you think about Google charging users $1 per month to use Gmail.
This question was asked in an interview in 2015
19. Profile: Business Associate
Question: How many haircuts do you think happen in America every year?
20. Profile: Adwords Associate
Question: How would you deal with angry or frustrated advertisers on the phone?