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Interviewing Experience at Google - Application Engineering Intern

Shivam Goyal
ยทDec 27, 2020ยท

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Interviewing Experience at Google - Application Engineering Intern

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It was a cold winter night of November when I was scrolling through my LinkedIn and a mail popped up on my cell phone.

The subject said, "2021 Application Engineering Internship Opportunity with Google India!".

At first, I was like, "Ahh.. this seems interesting. Letโ€™s give it a read."

Neither I had applied nor been referred to this role. It was just sheer luck that the recruiter found me interesting and decided to shoot me an email.

Application Engineering? Whatโ€™s that? ๐Ÿ’ผ

It was not the first time I was hearing the term Application Engineering, but my initial perspective about the role was a bit off. Like, everyone, I was applying only for SWE roles till now, never thought of going in the AE direction.

When I dug deeper into the role and read more about it, not only I found it more exciting than generic SWE roles, also I found it to be more aligned with my interests and my career perspective.

Application Engineering is more business-aligned and generally focused on building products for fellow Googlers rather than for public release.

Recruitment Process ๐Ÿ“ƒ

Letโ€™s dive straight into the process step by step

  • Application Review & Shortlisting
  • 2 x Hangout Interviews
  • Hiring Committee (HC) Review
  • Offer Review & Extend

Application Review & Shortlisting ๐Ÿ‘€

When I got the initial email to check my interest in the role, I was asked to fill an Interview Availability Form.

The form asked for the times when Iโ€™m available to take the interviews in a span of 10 days in the second week of December along with my preferred programming languages.

I wasnโ€™t shortlisted till this time. Interviews will only be scheduled if Iโ€™m shortlisted for further interaction based on feedback from hiring teams.

Two days later, I got a mail saying I've been shortlisted for the interviews and mandatorily need to take part in an Interview Prep Session. The session took place in the next week.

2 x Hangout Interview ๐Ÿ‘”

Following the Interview Prep Session, I got the invitations for the interviews.

The interviews were scheduled on the very first day of the availability I gave. Both the interviews were back to back with some rest between them. Along with the schedule, they shared the links to separate Interview Documents.

Both the interviews were approximately 1 hour each and were done via Google Meet.

Coding Interview

Result: Positive
Experience: Good

Application Design Interview

Result: Positive
Experience: Average

Hiring Committee (HC) Review ๐Ÿ•’

A couple of days after the interviews, the recruiter emailed notifying me that Iโ€™ve done well in my interviews and they would be moving me to the next stage, Intern Hiring Committee Review.

Here I was also asked to confirm my graduating year and send the latest copies of resume and academic transcripts.

Offer! โ€” the YaY moment! ๐Ÿฅณ

Around a week later, the recruiter notified me that I've cleared the hiring process and they would like to extend an internship offer to me.

I was given 48 hours to accept the offer.

Are you interviewing? Hereโ€™re some tips.

Before Interviews

  • Go through all the resources provided by hiring teams.
  • Research about the company. Make sure you know their values.
  • Prepare answers to general questions beforehand.
  • Go through your resume. Make sure you know, what they know about you.

During Interviews

  • Be on time. Join the call 5 minutes before the scheduled time.
  • Dress formally. Just because itโ€™s virtual, doesn't mean it's casual.
  • Let the interviewer know your thought process. Keep talking.
  • Ask clarifying questions, and make use of what the interviewer gives you.

After Interviews

  • Ask follow-up questions relevant to the job.
  • Ask the interviewer for honest feedback.
  • Give closing greetings to the interviewer.

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