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Chapter 1: Get an Interview with Google – The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation

Google receives over 1 million resumes a year and only a few people got the chance to take an interview. In other words, most people didn’t fail Google interviews but failed to get an interview.

When talking about Google interview preparation, most people will focus on coding questions and try to practice every single question on Leetcode. However, more than 90% of them didn’t get a chance to test it.

Even if you are not fully prepared, taking the interview means you still have a chance. In this chapter, I’d like to give a lot of practical suggestions on how to get an interview with Google. Most techniques also work for other companies.

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Chapter 2: Build a Solid Foundation – The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation

This is the second chapter for our The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation series. If you pay attention to a lot of job requirements, you usually see things like “have a solid computer science foundation”. What does that actually mean?

Apparently, it doesn’t mean you have a computer science degree, nor does it mean you have written a lot of code. in reality, a solid computer science foundation means having a clear understanding of basic knowledge.

In this chapter, I’d like to delve into this topic and give you practical tips on how to build a solid foundation. I would say this is the entry point to Google interview preparation, but at the same time, it’s the most important step.

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Chapter 3: Practice Coding Questions – The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation

This is the third chapter for our The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation series. When it comes to Google interview preparation, most people will think about practicing as many coding questions as possible.

It’s partially right because you certainly need to practice. However, very few people did it correctly. With the right approach, you can definitely practice smartly and get improved in less time.

In this chapter, I’ll explain in detail how to practice coding questions with practical tips as before. More specifically, you’ll know more about the following questions:

  • Why we need to practice coding questions
  • When to practice coding questions
  • How to practice smartly (the post is mainly focused on this)
  • Recommended resources

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Chapter 4: Experienced Engineers, New Grads, and Interns – The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation

This is the fourth chapter of our The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation series.

Our readers have completely different backgrounds. Some have been in the industry for a while, some are international students and some are looking for Google internship.

The preparation process may differ a lot depending on your background and target. That’s why in this chapter, I’d like to provide more specific tips for each type of interviewees.

Basically, I put interviewees into three categories: experienced engineers, new grads, and interns. If you are looking for a management position, this post is not for you. Also, if you haven’t read previous chapters, I highly recommend you take a look at them.
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Chapter 5: System Design Interviews (Part I) – The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation

This is the fifth chapter of our The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation series.

From Gainlo‘s survey, system design interview is the No.1 thing people are afraid of. It’s not unique to Google interview preparation, but all companies in general.

Part of the reason is that system design questions are usually open-ended so that there’s no such thing as a standard answer. In addition, this problem also makes preparation hard because you won’t know if your solution works.

Let’s address all these problems in this chapter. I’ll briefly explain how system design interview is evaluated first, then I’ll provide practical tips about both preparation and interview strategy.

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System Design Interviews (Part II) – The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation

This is the sixth chapter of our The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation series.

We’ll continue our discussion about system design interviews from <LAST CHAPTER>. In this post, we’ll mainly focus on some practical on-site strategies.

Assuming you’ve already had a somewhat reasonable design (if not, check our previous chapter), the idea here is how to maximize the results in a system design interview. How to clearly communicate your approach is both a science and an art. Also, many candidates are too eager to show off their knowledge and tend to use some buzzwords that make no sense in the current scenario. We’ll address all these problems and red flags in this chapter.

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Chapter 7: Phone Interviews – The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation

This is the 7th chapter of our The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation series.

If you are following our previous chapters, you should already have a clear idea of how to prepare Google interviews. Normally, if you have passed the resume screen, the first step is the phone interview.

Although phone interviews are slightly easier than on-site interviews in general, it’s where most people get eliminated. There are certainly several red flags you should be aware of, but more importantly, some very simple and practical tips can significantly increase your passing rate. I’ll address all of them in this chapter.

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Chapter 8: On-site Interviews – The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation

This is the 8th chapter of our The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation series.

Following our <previous discussion> about phone screens, I’ll talk about on-site interviews in this chapter. For most companies, this is the “final test” you’ll have and once you pass it, you’ll get the offer.

At the same time, the on-site interview is also the most exhausting step where you’ll have multiple sessions within a single day. There’s no doubt that on-site interviews are more challenging in general and many people are really afraid of this. I’ll address all those concerns in this chapter and provide very practical tips as before.
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Chapter 9: Non-technical Questions – The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation

This is the 9th chapter of our The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation series.

How to prepare non-technical questions in a coding interview is one of the most common questions I’ve received. Most people have no idea how to prepare for it or they even don’t know what type of questions will be asked.

Generally speaking, non-technical questions only account for a small part of the interview. However, it can “kill” you if interviewers catch any red flags. One example is the culture fit. The trend is that companies are paying more attentions to culture fit, which is true for both big companies like Google, Airbnb, and startups.

In this chapter, I’ll cover everything non-technical, including self-introduction, culture fit, ask questions to interviewers, etc.. These are not only tips that can help you be better prepared, but also a good practice to let you be aware if you are a good fit.

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