The Google Data Analyst Interview


Intro

Like many of the Tech giants, Google, leverages data to the fullest extent in all parts of its business. This provides many ongoing opportunities for those looking to get hired into an Analyst role at Google! This blog post will take you through the role, required skills, the interview process, a few example questions, and some tips to help you start preparing for your interview.

The Role

Analysts are embedded throughout Google, meaning there are many opportunities and analytics roles available. Below are just a few types of analysts that Google hires for:

Required Skills

An average Google analyst typically has 3-4 years of experience in a quantitative role. However, there are definitely instances on both ends of the spectrum, some with <1 year of experience and some with >15 years. Other qualifications for Google Analysts include:

These skills vary from role to role, so be sure to read into the specifics for a particular role.

Interview Process

The typical interview process at Google follows the steps below:

  1. Initial screening by a recruiter (~30 minutes). This is more of a formality to ensure the candidate fits the criteria for the role. The recruiter will ask about past experiences, your interests, and will provide you more details about the role.
  2. Initial phone interview with a member of the current team (45 minutes). This interview will cover past experiences, but with more of a focus on technical skills and problem solving ability. It’s important to use stories / past experiences that highlight your technical expertise here.
  3. Potential case study (24-48 hours to complete). Depending on the role you are applying for, you might have a take home case study. Typically, this case study will be reviewed by a member of the team, and provided you pass this step you may then have to discuss it during your onsite interviews.
  4. Onsite interview. Here you'll run through a slate of interviews with the current team (it's likely one of the interviews will be with the hiring manager) and cross-functional team members. These interviews will take about 1/2 a day - interviewing with 3-4 people for about 45 minutes each. These interviews can be structured in many different ways depending on what team you’re interviewing for, but generally onsite interviews focus on 4 main areas:
    • General Cognitive Ability: This area is graded based on general problem solving and critical thinking, along with the ability to communicate your line of thinking.
    • Leadership: This will focus on how you’re able to help lead a group to a positive outcome, either with or without direct leadership authority.
    • Role-related knowledge. Here you'll have a more technical interview, likely covering SQL along with your technical approach to hypothetical problems.
    • Googleyness: “Googleyness” is a set of qualities like fun, intellectual humility, conscientiousness, and a record of having done interesting things. Be yourself and if you have any side projects outside of your core “experience” this will help you do well in this area.

Example Google Data Analyst interview questions

Tips to help prepare for your interview

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