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image Peteris Krumins is nothing short of a technical genius. Every single one of his blog posts is so detailed, one can write a book about it. He blogs about Linux, programming, and other tech stuff on his blog http://www.catonmat.net/.

A short while ago, Peteris posted his very thorough experience interviewing at Google. Needless to say, the level of detail is astounding. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the job but the post is very positive and informative. Here is the gist and a short excerpt:

  • There were 3 phone interviews and 5 on-site interviews.
  • Peteris flew in all the way from Latvia, fully sponsored by Google. They paid for his flight, hotel, transportation, and food – brilliant!
  • The interviews were very technical, with an emphasis on algorithms.
  • Google’s preferred language seems to be C/C++, though I know they use Python extensively as well.
  • If you’re interviewing, you better be very solid in computer science theory and data structures. At the same time, they treat every error in code very seriously, so even memory leaks are not acceptable. In fact, it looks like a few such mistakes cost Peteris his potential job.
  • The questions included data structures, networking, OS/filesystem, algorithms, and past work experience.
  • Google, of course, treated Peteris to a great lunch.

In order to prepare for his interviews, Peteris reviewed lots of both theoretical and practical problems. He posted a great list of books:

to which I can myself add

and articles

Read the full experience at http://www.catonmat.net/blog/my-job-interview-at-google.

Thanks, Peteris and good luck on your next interview.

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Artem Russakovskii is a San Francisco programmer, blogger, and future millionaire (that last part is in the works). Follow Artem on Twitter (@ArtemR) or subscribe to the RSS feed.

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  • Yeap

    I suppose if one specialise in Internet marketing and SEO in his/her studies, that type of questions won't be too difficult. In my opinion, the most difficult question would be, Why would Google hire you and what can you do for Google?