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Google Interview Questions To Be Ready For

Updated on December 27, 2011

Google is one of the best places to work in the world. They have a great California location, employees received tons of perks that most employers cannot afford to offer, working there is like a college campus in look, some play and work mixed in together, everyone is happy and well fed and paid.

It seems that the secret is out. Every year, one million people apply to work at Google. Out of those, only 1 out of 130 will get the gig. Getting a job at Google is far worse than being accepted at Harvard, which has an acceptance rate of 1 out of 14. To make it sound even worse, Google received over 19000 applications or resumes EVERY week. Yikes. Talk about a snowball in hell getting even a low level job. But, who knows, you might be that ONE.

Besides all of the standard employment issues all companies use to determine which are the chosen few to be called into a face to face interview, like meeting the basic requirements, selling yourself, etc., Google interviewers use oddball questions to determine if you are a "Googler". While there are no right\wrong answers, interview points are given if your answer is a "preferred" answer. Oh, just because you ace the interview does not mean anything. Most candidates will go on several (uh, up to 7) face to face encounters over a course of months. I know one software engineer who went to 5 such interviews (obviously, he was answering correctly). It was a chore to make the 1.5 hr drive there, spend gas money, wait, be interviewed for yet another hour by several, let alone, find excuses to take off from the current job. He did not get the job. After that, he was fed up with Google.

One such oddball question they may ask seriously is, " You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown into a blender. The blades are about to start. What do you do? Any answer is fine, but the answers that score points are: You jump out or lean against the wall of the blender to avoid the blades. Other questions are:

  • What is the next number in this sequence: 10,9,60,90, 70, 66...?
  • A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune, what happened?
  • A book has N pages numbered the usual way, from 1 to N. The total number of digits in the page numbers is 1095. How many pages does the book have?
  • You are in a car with a helium balloon on a string that is tied to the floor. The windows are closed. When you step on the gas pedal, what happens to the balloon?
  • What is the value of pi?
  • What is your perfect last meal?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how weird are you?
  • What is the most efficient way to sort a million 32-bit integers?
  • Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco.
  • What is the most beautiful equation you have seen?

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