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Google Interview Prep

Apr 9th, 2019
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The interview will focus on three main areas (and may dabble in a fourth depending on whether or not your experience matches up):

  • Coding/Algorithms
  • APIs/System Design
    - Web Tech/Networking (high to mid level)
  • May dabble in Linux/Unix (basic command line, not too deep)

Below is an extensive amount of additional resources, likely overkill, but you may find some of it helpful before your interview.

Coding:

To brush up on your coding skills use the following sites: Hacker Rank, Project Euler, or Interview Cake. I also highly recommend the book Cracking the Coding Interview - you can find it for sale online, and a used 5th edition should be just as good as a new 6th edition.

Technical papers on the Google Infrastructure:

GFS (Google File System)
BigTable
MapReduce

Troubleshooting / Problem solving:

Interviewers are looking for a logical and structured approach to problem solving
Troubleshooting example - Scenarios dealing with faulty systems, App Engine outage, etc.

Unix/Linux Systems (this most likely will go more in-depth than the interview will):

Know what's happening under the hood!
Sample questions: Kernel, Libraries, System Calls, Memory Management
Online book - The Art of Unix Programming
Book - Advanced Programming in the Unix Environment

Networking:

Interviewers are looking for depth of knowledge and understanding of network theory
Sample questions: Different protocols (TCP/IP, UDP, ICMP, etc), MAC addresses, IP packets,
DNS, OSI layers, Load balancing
Book - Computer Networking

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