On January 21, 2016, inc.com released 41 new questions Google asks when they interview a potential employee. Today we are going to go through the first 20 questions and I will try to answer them to the best of my abilities without any major research. Google obviously changes its interview questions every so often so they are probably not asking these any longer. However, it is interesting to see what one of the most powerful companies in the world has to ask. As I mentioned before I won’t be doing any research to help myself out with these questions because I want this to be as real as possible. When you go into a Google interview you really don’t know what they are going to ask and you have to be prepared. That being said, let’s get started!
1. What is your favorite Google product, and how would you improve it?– Associate product manager, January 2016
One of my favorite Google products is Google Docs because of the easy sharing and co-editing capabilities. However, one thing I would change is to either allow third party chrome plugins like Grammarly the ability to work in Google Docs. Another solution would be to design a plugin similar to Grammarly to work effectively in Google Docs.
2. If you wanted to bring your dog to work but one of your team members was allergic to dogs, what would you do?–Associate account strategist, December 2014
I would ask my coworker if it would be alright if I brought my dog into work and inform them if my dog was hypoallergenic since that would weigh heavily on their decision.
3. If ads were removed from YouTube, how would you monetize it?–Associate account strategist, January 2016
I doubt Google sill uses this question because they actually answered it with Youtube Red which allows people to sign up for a paid account that gets rid of ads and provides exclusive content to users.
4. What do you know about Google?–Administrative business partner, February 2015
Google is the world most popular search engine because of its simple and effect design. On top of the Google provides a wide variety of tools for its users like the Google Drive, Docs, Gmail, Adsense, Adwords in order to create convenience for its users. From an advertising standpoint, Google is able to level the playing field between large cooperations and small family owned businesses by making it affordable and effective for everyone. Plus Google is constantly looking forward and creating new innovations to make not only today better but tomorrow as well.
5. Design an evacuation plan for the building.–Business analyst, November 2014
Now since I am not actually doing this interview… so I have no idea what their building looks like or the layout of it. However, it is good practice to keep everyone calm and use all exits effectively in order to not crowd the exits.
6. Which do you think has more advertising potential in Boston, a flower shop or a funeral home?–Account strategist, October 2015
I love this question because you would naturally pick the flower shop, but I believe a funeral home would have more advertising potential. Flower shops crop up all the time so the competition would be intense since flower shops crop up all the time. Also, when you think about it flower shops have a vast market including weddings, funerals, holidays, and anniversaries, but there are so many flower shops that in order to make any income you would have to do a massive amount of advertising and make a smaller profit. A funeral home, however, has a significantly less amount of competition since most people don’t dream of owning a funeral home. Death is something a lot of people get uncomfortable about and therefore when death curses a family they are more likely to go with their first option. When someone dies, especially if someone dies suddenly, you don’t want to go shopping around for your or your family members permanent resting place. This sensitivity to death makes people more susceptible to advertising. So even though a funeral home’s potential target market is smaller than a flower shops it is more effective since you don’t need flowers, but everyone dies.
7. A coin was flipped 1,000 times and there were 560 heads. Do you think the coin is biased?–Quantitative analyst, September 2015
In theory, if a coin is flipped 1000 times there should be a 50-50% split of the coin landing on heads or tails, but that is in a perfect world. If the numbers are slightly off that does not mean the coin is weighted to favor one side. If the coin was weighted there would be a greater difference than 120. That means that 12% of the times the coin was flipped it did not land how it was supposed to in order to create 50-50 split. You can’t come to the conclusion of biased based off of 12% without examining the other numerous variables. #math
8. What does “being Googley” mean to you?–Product specialist, December 2015
Innovative, creative, fun, and educational.
9. Name a prank you would pull on x manager if you were hired.–Google applications support engineer, June 2014
I would put their stapler in jello.
10. What is your opinion on whether or not individuals should be required to use their official name when opening a Gmail or Google + account?–Administrative assistant, April 2014
The beauty of the internet is the ease of being anonymous and if you take that away you are breaking the unwritten rule of the internet. Many people including myself have several Gmail accounts and with this, you would be able to limit the amount of Gmail accounts a person has.
11. What would you want to do if you didn’t have to work?–Interaction designer, September 2014
I would travel more and try to keep myself as busy as possible.
12. What scares you?–Business analyst interview, September 2014
Perfection. We all strive to be as perfect as possible to make our lives easier but the truth of the matter is it is impossible and that fact alone is enough to send some into a downward spiral. However, if you think about the alternative, and everything was perfect we would have no room for improvement and in turn, we would have nothing to do and no purpose. Our lives are held together by the balance of imperfection and perfection. It does not take much to unbalance that scale.
13. How many ways can you think of to find a needle in a haystack?–Business associate, May 2014
- Metal detector.
- A group of rabbits – If you get a larger animal, like cows or goats, they could accidentally eat the needle but rabbits have small mouths and would be unable to eat the needle even if they tried.
- Looking for it- if you are careful you will eventually find it – note how the question isn’t asking for the fastest route they just want you to find the needle.
14. Estimate the number of tennis balls that can fit into a plane.–Intern, December 2015
Depends on the size of the plane. If it is a personal plane probably 300. If it is an international plane probably 75,000.
15. If you could be remembered for one sentence, what would it be?–Associate account strategist, March 2014
Education is the one thing no one can ever take away from you so never stop learning and question everything.
16. 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?–Associate account strategist, March 2014
The live version of Thunderstruck so I would enter with applause and it has an epic instrumental intro.
17. How do you think the digital advertising world will change in the next three years?–Creative director, January 2016
I think the one thing that is really going to change over the next 3 years is transportation. With driverless cars becoming the norm, I believe a whole new entertainment revolution is going to happen since drivers no longer have to pay attention to the road. This opens the doors to entertainers and advertisers to keep passengers entertained for the duration of their travel. Drones are also something that many delivery services are toying with and this would also be a good use of advertisement for the company. It is just another way to get their name out there. However, I believe social media is going to take off. Some businesses still view social media as something teenagers do but in the future, I believe this mindset is going to change.
18. What three things would you change at your university/workplace if you were CEO today?–Account strategist, April 2014
At my University, I would want to create a greater sense of community in online classes. Every time, I took online classes I could go the whole class without learning the names of the other students and therefore it was impossible to make friends with other students.
19. Describe AdWords to a 7-year-old.–Associate account strategist, December 2014
If Elsa’s ice company wanted to sell ice to people who live in Rapunzel’s kingdom a good way to do that would be to use Adwords. That way when someone in Rapunzel’s kingdom needs ice they will be able to do Google search for “ice companies” and be able to find Elsa’s ice company.
20. You have a grocery delivery service (similar to Amazon Fresh) that delivers food within 24 hours. Estimate how many trucks you need to operate this service.–Product manager, November 2015
1,000 trucks per 15-35,000 people, that way 1 truck would make roughly 15 to 35 stops a day. Depending on the area and number of people the truck is able to reach varies as well as the areas of operation. So if the trucks service a rural area there is more driving time necessary to reach the delivery areas. The trucks would be able to make more stops in a more populated area since the driving time is reduced.
To Be Continued…
What’s great about these questions is in most cases if you are technically wrong you can still be right if you explain your answer well enough for it to make sense. You have to be able to answer these questions creatively because a company as innovative as Google is not looking for a standard answer. That is why these questions are so genius, they force you to be creative and that forces the creative to shine and the average to flop. I only answered 20 or the 41 because my word count is already through the roof.
How would you answer these questions? Do you agree with my answers?