Making stuff as a founder of Avocado. Former music-maker. Tuna melt advocate. Started Google Reader. (But smarter people made it great.)

Favored engineering interview questions.

So did you know...? All engineers at Google interview candidates as often as possible and like many of my co-workers I've pared down what was a previously substantial body of stumper questions to a shorter, more incisive, and significantly more powerful query set. And I'd like to share that (shh).

Please don't try and study these before coming in for an interview. I'll know. I just will.
  • If you were a flower - particularly one that had nearly infinite scalable indexing of the internet - what kind of flower would you be?
  • If Yahoo were Ashlee Simpson and Google were Jessica Simpson whose album would you be less likely to download illegally?
  • For the block and a chance to win ONE MILLION hours of overtime (work, not pay) who asked where "the love of God goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours?"
posted at November 10, 2005, 11:08 AM


  • At 4:13 PM, Blogger TheBrad said…

    Christopher Wetherell, will you marry me?

  • At 9:16 PM, Blogger Nina said…

    Dear Chris,

    I would need your help. I'm from Hungary, and I've been useing since two years. So far everithing was well. But now if I write something it won't be there. As I see the syste is cancell it. Can it be possible?

    It is not allowed to publish my sentences, just the title of it. What do you think of it?

    Thanks a lot and have a nice day!

  • At 5:32 AM, Blogger Artem said…

    Hmm, if you interview candidates regularly, probably you develop your coomunication skills and ability to recognize people skills and attitude from the first glance.

    Nice :)

  • At 7:38 AM, Blogger magpie said…

    hi nina,

    chris no longer works on blogger (and hasn't for many months). if you have a problem with posting, please submit your issue to blogger support.

    cheers and good luck.


  • At 10:54 PM, Blogger tim said…

    In a musty old hall in Detro-it they prayed.

    Oops, hope I didn't give anything away.

  • At 4:15 AM, Blogger Michael Kilesa said…

    for nina
    it may be you're using opera for posting to blogger (like me ^_^). there was known issue with that browser (version 8-8.5), and now it's fixed

  • At 8:36 PM, Anonymous davey said…

    uh, sorry, but i think that the simpsons approach is all wrong...perhaps mary-kate and ashley (and then the candidate has to basically choose between bad clothing design ideas or an eating disorder)...

  • At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Aaron Brazell said…

    Easy shit.

    1. Since I, as a flower, would have infinite scalability of the internet, I would have to be Spiderbane, which is actually an herb, but is poisonous to spiders.

    2. Illegal downloads are bad, BAD! :-)

    3. No idea, but I'm not about to work a million hours with no pay.

  • At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Philip Sternberg said…

    Hi Chris,

    This is the Dealership fan who you ran into a few months ago at the MV campus while I was getting the grand tour from Ruchira. I've got my onsite interview scheduled (Dec 6), and this post was a HUGE help in preparing. I only wish I knew my flowers better (what's the latin name for philodendron?)


  • At 1:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Monika Philipp

    Hallo Chris,
    a friend from USA told me about your funny and lovely elf- and hobbit-names.
    Because I do like them too
    and because I and my familiy (seven children and one man)are Fans from "Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter" (bokks and movies)
    and it wold be nice in my shop,
    I ask you, wether we can make a
    Do you see my internet-web-site on the top?
    Take a look and if you like it , please give me an awnser.
    I do have a friend for the "technik".

    I would be glad about your positive anwser.



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