A friend of mine has been interviewing for a job at Google. So far the tale has proven both interesting and amusing. But the thing that strikes me most of all (of that which I'm allowed to hear about, of course) is how many interviews--or rounds of interviews have transpired so far.

I think the count is five or six so far.

I used to think that three was the norm. One or two via phone and then one or two on-site. But it seems that Google (at least in this case) is a bit more extreme than some companies. In this case it's something like 3 by phone and 3 on-site.

I may have the numbers off by a bit, but you get the idea. I wonder how much time, on average, they spend interviewing each person. It's gotta be pretty high.

Oh, wait. I remember reading about that somewhere recently... Wonder if Google can help me figure out where.

(time goes by)

I give up. Can't find it. I know it was a magazine piece. Maybe Forbes, Fortune, Wired, Fast Company... Someone like that. But I'll be damned if I can come up with the right keywords to locate it again. And I use too many browsers to try going digging through the history on each of 'em.

Anyone know which article I'm talking about?

Well, just don't think too hard about the fact that I can't find a particular piece of information about a search engine using that search engine--even though I know it's out there somewhere.

Update: That was fast. As you'll notice in the comments, Gregory Williams found the story I was remembering.

Posted by jzawodn at March 28, 2003 12:05 AM

Reader Comments
# Gregory Williams said:

How Google Grows:

Google spends more time on hiring than on anything else. It knows this because, like any bunch of obsessive engineers, it keeps track. It says that it gets 1,500 resumes a day from wanna-be Googlers. Between screening, interviewing, and assessing, it invested 87 Google people-hours in each of the 300 or so people that it hired in 2002.

on March 28, 2003 12:38 AM
# kalyan said:

hmm... you should come and visit the Yahoo! bangalore office. I think minimum is 10 rounds of interview.. with 4 - 5 of them being face to face.

When I joined Yahoo, I had to go though 5 rounds.. before I was taken in.

In my group... we are looking for a new person.. but no one is making it beyond the telephone round.

on March 28, 2003 12:47 AM
# Rystic said:

A very interesting article indeed. Read in in the print version. This comment has no substance, but what the heck. *click*

on March 28, 2003 01:03 AM
# Andrew said:

When I interviewed there (about three years ago), i went through five rounds of interviews. The main reason was that every time i was there, half of the engineers (and once the HR person) that i was supposed to speak to weren't around.

on March 28, 2003 02:48 AM
# vijay said:

to kalyan,
i just finished the yahoo inteview yesterday held in coimbatore.
i got to the third round of interview yesterday.
but could not nmake it to the final programming contest to be held in bangalore.
one , ms.sindhu working at yahoo bangalore interviewed me. can i get her mail id by any means to get a feedback on my performance.
since u said u r in yahoo i think u could help me. it will be so nice of u if u could do this help to me.
my email id :vijayreceivesmail@yahoo.co.uk

on April 16, 2003 03:33 AM
# Sathyan said:

I am having yahoo interview (Data Warehousing profile) on 23/07/2003. Does any body have any idea on interview pattern?

on July 16, 2003 03:37 PM
# postal code said:

Your are not the only one.

on July 25, 2003 10:04 PM
# whois said:

I agree with the author.

on August 22, 2003 07:35 PM
# Suma said:


Iam intervieweing with google. Can anybody help me with the interview process ? I want to know their pattern.


on February 10, 2005 03:31 PM
# Suma said:


Iam intervieweing with google. Can anybody help me with the interview process ? I want to know their pattern.


on February 10, 2005 03:31 PM
# Anand said:

one of my frnd had gone through the google hiring process..

according to him.they stress a lot on mathematics side, algorithms, complexity,compiler design, coding a lot.
thats all i know..

on March 2, 2005 11:57 PM
# Kenjiro said:

I think that totally depends on your position. A tech support wouldn't have the same questions as a lead software engineer.

Read your job requirements and know those.

on July 20, 2005 11:10 PM
# David Ruiz said:

I have applied for a staff support, customer service-oriented position at Google and have yet to land my first interview. I suppose there isn't alot of emphasis on math questions during the interview. What kind of general questions can I expect?

on January 22, 2006 05:33 PM
# Peter Abilla said:

Here's something that you might find interesting: it's my detailed 2-day job interview with Google. Enjoy.


on May 22, 2006 08:39 AM
# suhasini said:

I am interviewing with google for an assoc. product marketing manager position. Does anyone have any insight into the interviewing process for that position?

on September 2, 2006 02:04 AM
# Moin said:

I am going to interviewed with google for the Ad-word representative can any one aware of the process of interview & in total how many rounds so Plz let me know.....

on September 26, 2006 09:33 AM
# Hamish said:

Anybody have any tips for initerviewing at Yahoo in the US?

on January 19, 2007 07:10 AM
# Vic said:

Im going to be interviewed for a networking position with google.. need to know the interview path.. can anyone advise.?

on February 23, 2007 06:30 AM
# Tanya said:

Google is all HYPE.. The people there are all LIERS n that too in capital letters. I went through all d written n telephonic interviews b for an onsite. I was there for an Ad Word representative.. After the interview i was told that i dont need another interview n they will call me on cming monday... I thought that big companys quote these words if they really mean but nothing of that sort happened... SO NEVER TRY FOR GOOGLE .. ITS SHEER WASTE OF TIME

on May 5, 2007 08:16 AM
# vanessa said:

Check out the Google recruitment video remix!

on June 25, 2007 10:16 AM
# Mark Dennehy said:

I’ve gone through the interview process twice now with Google (once in 2007 and once in 2010), and since the more information out there for those undergoing pre-Google-Interview stress, the better, I wrote it up:

on July 20, 2010 08:30 AM
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