How Google uses interview questions to get candidates to think on their feet

Google has got a reputation for asking brain-teasers in interviews that force candidates to show how they act under pressure

Google has got a reputation for asking brain-teasers that force candidates to show how they act under pressure.

The majority of the interview questions asked to candidates require them to think broadly and quantitatively, and also test the way they tackle problems on the spot.

While Google switches up its questions over time, to stop potential candidates from ‘rehearsing’ answers, career website Glassdoor has provided a glimpse of the types of puzzles that the company have asked in the past.

Google don’t set all their tricky questions to be brain teasers – some are simple yet difficult to answer in a concise way so that the interviewers can discover the candidate’s communication skills.

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Some of the questions asked include:

How many cars travel across a bridge each day? — Advertising Interview, September 2014

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 Interview, April 2014

What three things would you change at your university/work place if you were CEO today? — Account Strategist Interview, April 2014

Describe AdWords to a seven-year-old. — Associate Account Strategist Interview, December 2014

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 Interview, March 2014

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