Google’s Toughest Interview Questions

Getting a job at Google is surely a dream for most. Google is known for asking difficult and tricky interview questions. Sometimes the hiring practices of even the most successful companies can feel outright wonky.

Google has a reputation for asking difficult, brainteaser interview questions that challenge how you act under pressure. Most of them require you to think quantitatively and broadly, and test the way you tackle problems on the spot. All these questions were submitted to the job-community website Glassdoor by users who were interviewed at Google.

While some of these candidates made it, it was hard luck for others.

Questions:

  1. A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?
  2. Why are manhole covers round?
  3. How would I explain the importance of HTML 5 to Larry Page and then to my grandma?
  4. Mention how many times a day do a clock’s hands overlap?
  5. Develop a solution to convex hull and state its complexity.
  6. How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?
  7. Implement a binary tree and explain its function.
  8. How do you think Media Agencies make money?
  9. How many buses are there in Hyderabad?
  10. How many people do you think are using their cell phone in the entire world at this very moment?
  11. If you have a vacant field and add one flower and the number of flowers doubles every day and at the end of 45 days, the field is full, on what day is the field half full?
  12. What is the next billion dollar idea for Google?
  13. What happens from the point when you type in a URL in your browser to the point the page gets displayed?
  14. Develop a solution to convex hull and state its complexity.
  15. How do you check if a URL is bad really fast in Google server?
  16. Create a cost model that allows Google to make purchasing decisions on to compare the cost of purchasing more RAM memory for their servers vs. buying more disk space.
  17. If you wanted to bring your dog to work but one of your team members was allergic to dogs, what would you do?
  18. Brother and sisters I have none but this man’s father is my father’s son? Who is the Man?
  19. You have 7 balls. One weighs more than the others (not significantly). You have a scale, like the scales of justice. Describe how to find the weighted ball only using the scale twice.
  20. A coin was flipped 1,000 times and there were 560 heads. Do you think the coin is biased?
  21. What scares you?
  22. Estimate the number of tennis balls that can fit into a plane.
  23. Tell me something about you that aren’t on your résumé.
  24. Tell me a joke.
  25. Do you prefer earning or learning?
  26. If I gave you $10 million right now, what would you do?
  27. How could you solve humankind’s biggest crisis given $1 billion and a spacecraft?
  28. Would you remove the link to an extremist piece of writing?
  29. Define a service that would allow you to travel to the future.
  30. How many cars travel across a bridge each day?
  31. What is the number of new book titles published in the U.S. each year?
  32. How would you solve homelessness in downtown San Francisco?
  33. How would you implement an MS Paint clone?
  34. A red house is made of red bricks; a blue house is made up of blue bricks than what does the green house is made up of?
  35. Explain how five minus two equal 4?
  36. The day before the day before yesterday is three days after Saturday. What day is today?
  37. You have to get from point A to point B. You don’t know if you can get there. What would you do?
  38. Explain a database in three sentences to your 8-year-old nephew.

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