15 Google Interview Questions That Will Make You Feel Stupid



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Google is back to hiring again.That’s good news for thousands of junior managers and software developers out there hoping to find safe harbor during this recessionary storm.

The bad news:

  • Google prefers Ivy Leaguers.
  • It cares about your GPA, even if you’re in your 30s.
  • It wants people who want to change the world.

Worse yet, even if you meet all those requirements, you still have to go in for your Google interview.

Seattle job coach Lewis Lin put together a list of 140 questions his clients have been asked by Google.  We’ve added a link to the whole list at the end.  In the meantime, here are…

15 Google Interview Questions That Will Make You Feel Stupid >

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