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March 6, 2006

Google Interviews Have Puzzling Questions

What would you answer to these questions?

"You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?"

"How would you find out if a machine's stack grows up or down in memory?"

"Explain a database in three sentences to your eight-year-old nephew."

"How many gas stations would you say there are in the United States?"

I know, you will say they are weird and don't know what to say. These are some of the questions from a Google interview and they are quite shocking. If you want to see some answers and an interesting discussion check the original forum and the Digg thread.


  1. I had an interview at Google recently. They didn't ask me anything I thought was unreasonable. The people were actually quite nice and friendly.
    The campus is nice. Their office space is actually quite limited with several people crammed in one cubicle. I got through the first phone interview and after the first on-site interview they decided to pass. They have quite an interesting model for dealing and solving problems which is not unlike a lot of high tech top-shelf companies. If you interview gor google and get an offer, consider yourself lucky.

  2. I had an interview recently but had nothing unreasonable.

    It was more like the google interviews described here

    Google-People are great also.

  3. 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: