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Google SDE Sheet: Interview Questions and Answers

Last Updated : 15 Feb, 2024
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Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in search engine technology, online advertising, cloud computing, computer software, quantum computing, e-commerce, and artificial intelligence. It is a dream of many people to work for Google. This sheet will assist you to land a job at Google, we have compiled all the interview questions and answers..

Google SDE Sheet

For top companies like Google, one must have solid Data Structure concepts, good communication skills, and an analytical mindset. Steps to follow to get a chance at Google are:

  • Online Application
  • Online assessments: After Google approves your application (resume/cover letter), you will be required to take an online assessment. Here’s an overview of the online assessment:
    Number of questions: 2 questions
    Time allowed: 90 minutes
    Topics: typical algorithm/data structure questions
  • Technical Phone Screen: (30-60 minutes) Google’s interview process begins with a technical phone interview for experienced software engineers. During this stage, tech leads conduct interviews via Google Meet or Hangouts.
  • Onsite: Onsite is the last stop. On average, 4 to 6 rounds should be finished in a day. Each round should take around 45 minutes and include questions on both system design and code. Interviewees note that more coding is done than system design, and expectations change depending on your skill level.
  • Behavioral Skills(Googleyness): As part of its hiring process, Google wants to determine whether a potential employee has “Googleyness”, a value that the company uses to describe those who are culturally fit.

Google SDE Roadmap


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Why this sheet?

Google coding interviews can be a tough nut to crack. The questions in google interviews cover a wide range of topics and are difficult and specific to Google. This sheet is like a helping hand for those preparing to get a job at Google. It covers all the important and popular technical questions asked in Google Interviews so far. Questions in this sheet are grouped topic-wise and cover all major DSA topics that have weightage in Google interviews.

Computer Science Concepts: Google focuses on the following Computer Science Subjects in their interviews:

Data Structure & Algorithms

Array: An array is a collection of items stored at contiguous memory locations. The idea is to store multiple items of the same type together.

Articles Practice
Wave Array Solve
Subarray with given sum Solve
Majority Element Solve
Peak element Solve
Three Sum Closest Solve
Number of subarrays having sum exactly equal to k Solve
Kadane’s Algorithm Solve
Find the element that appears once Solve
Find the minimum element in a sorted and rotated array Solve
Search a Word in a 2D Grid of characters Solve
Max sum of M non-overlapping subarrays of size K Solve
Find Surpasser Count of each element in array Solve
Smallest Absolute Difference Solve
Sum of bit differences among all pairs Solve
Count More than n/k Occurrences Solve
Capacity To Ship Packages Within D Days Solve

String: Strings are defined as an array of characters. The difference between a character array and a string is the string is terminated with a special character ‘\0’.

Articles Practice
Valid Expression Solve
Multiply Large Numbers represented as Strings Solve
Minimum indexed character Solve
Find Maximum number possible by doing at-most K swaps Solve
How to replace a substring of a string Solve
Uncommon characters Solve
License Key Formatting Solve
Minimum insertions to form a palindrome Solve
Longest Repeating Subsequence Solve
Alien Dictionary Solve
Anagram Palindrome Solve
Longest Palindromic Substring Solve
Rabin-Karp Algorithm for Pattern Searching Solve
Longest prefix which is also suffix Solve

Linked List: A linked list is a linear data structure, in which the elements are not stored at contiguous memory locations.

Articles Practice
Nth node from end of linked list Solve
Reverse a linked list Solve
Detect loop in a linked list Solve
Delete a Node from linked list without head pointer Solve
Find length of Loop Solve
Insert in a Sorted List Solve
Pairwise Swap Nodes of a given Linked List Solve
Sort a linked list of 0s, 1s and 2s Solve
Reverse a sublist of a linked list Solve

Stack and Queue:

  • Stack: A stack is a linear data structure in which elements can be inserted and deleted only from one side of the list, called the top. A stack follows the LIFO (Last In First Out) principle.
  • Queue: A queue is a linear data structure in which elements can be inserted only from one side of the list called rear, and the elements can be deleted only from the other side called the front. The queue data structure follows the FIFO (First In First Out) principle.
Articles Practice
The Celebrity Problem Solve
Maximum Rectangular Area in a Histogram Solve
Max rectangle Solve
Length of the longest valid substring Solve
Find the first circular tour that visits all petrol pumps Solve
LRU Cache Implementation Solve
Minimum time required to rot all oranges Solve
Sliding Window Maximum (Maximum of all subarrays of size k) Solve

Searching: Searching Algorithms are designed to check for an element or retrieve an element from any data structure where it is stored.

Articles Practice
Subarray with given sum Solve
Kth smallest element Solve
Find a peak element Solve
Search in a Rotated Array Solve
The Painter’s Partition Problem-II Solve
Minimum number of times A has to be repeated such that B is a substring of it Solve
Koko Eating Bananas Solve
Next greater number set digits Solve
Median of 2 Sorted Arrays of Different Sizes Solve
Maximum no of 1’s row Solve
Elements in the Range Solve

Sorting: A Sorting Algorithm is used to rearrange a given array or list of elements according to a comparison operator on the elements. The comparison operator is used to decide the new order of elements in the respective data structure.

Articles Practice
Floor in a Sorted Array Solve
Find all triplets with zero sum Solve
Count Inversions Solve
Sort an array of 0s, 1s and 2s Solve
Minimum Platforms Solve
Count the number of possible triangles Solve
At least two greater elements Solve
Maximum Intervals Overlap Solve
Next Greater Even Number Solve
Count Smaller elements Solve
Chocolate Distribution Problem Solve

Hash and Heap:

  • Hash: Hashing is a technique or process of mapping keys, and values into the hash table by using a hash function. It is done for faster access to elements. The efficiency of mapping depends on the efficiency of the hash function used
  • Heap: A Heap is a special Tree-based data structure in which the tree is a complete binary tree. Heap and hash is an efficient implementation of a priority queue. The linear hash function monotonically maps keys to buckets, and each bucket is a heap.
Articles Practice
Count pairs with given sum Solve
Longest Consecutive Subsequence Solve
Triplet Sum in Array Solve
Largest subarray of 0’s and 1’s Solve
Find median in a stream Solve
Longest K unique characters substring Solve
Winner of an election Solve
Binary Heap Operations Solve
Kth element in Matrix Solve
Game with String Solve
Rearrange characters Solve

Trees: A tree is non-linear and a hierarchical data structure consisting of a collection of nodes such that each node of the tree stores a value, a list of references to nodes (the “children”). :

Articles Practice
Print leaf nodes from preorder traversal of BST Solve
Height of Binary Tree Solve
ZigZag Tree Traversal Solve
Left View of Binary Tree Solve
Boundary Traversal of binary tree Solve
Lowest Common Ancestor in a Binary Tree Solve
Bottom View of Binary Tree Solve
Mirror Tree Solve
Sorted Link List to BST Solve
k-th smallest element in BST Solve
Merge two BST ‘s Solve
Maximum path sum from any node Solve
Maximum sum of Non-adjacent nodes Solve
Root to leaf paths sum Solve
Maximum Path Sum between 2 Leaf Nodes Solve
Count BST nodes that lie in a given range Solve
Connect Nodes at Same Level Solve

Graph: A Graph is a non-linear data structure consisting of nodes and edges. The nodes are sometimes also referred to as vertices and the edges are lines or arcs that connect any two nodes in the graph.

Articles Practice
Dijkstra’s shortest path algorithm Solve
Find the number of islands Solve
Unit Area of largest region of 1’s Solve
Word Boggle Solve
Prerequisite Tasks Solve
Flood fill Algorithm Solve
X Total Shapes Solve
Number of Provinces Solve
Word Ladder I Solve
Knight Walk Solve
Course Schedule Solve
Assignment Problem Solve
Clone Graph Solve
Find the String Solve

Dynamic Programming: Dynamic Programming is mainly an optimization over plain recursion. Wherever we see a recursive solution that has repeated calls for same inputs, we can optimize it using Dynamic Programming.

Articles Practice
Trapping Rain Water Solve
Maximum Product Subarray Solve
Stock buy and sell Solve
Interleaved Strings Solve
Stickler Thief Solve
Smallest window in a string containing all the characters of another string Solve
Max rectangle Solve
Activity Selection Solve
Jump Game Solve
Knapsack with Duplicate Items Solve
Wildcard Pattern Matching Solve
Total Decoding Messages Solve
Matrix Chain Multiplication Solve
Count occurences of a given word in a 2-d array Solve
Brackets in Matrix Chain Multiplication Solve
Burst Balloon to maximize coins Solve


Thoroughly revise all the work you have done till now in your projects. The grilling about projects can sometimes be very deep. Also, choose your words before you speak. Mention only those topics where you think you are fine to be grilled upon. If you haven’t made a project then take an idea from GFG Projects and start working on it.

System Design

System Design is the process of designing the architecture, components, and interfaces for a system so that it meets the end-user requirements. System Design for tech interviews is something that can’t be ignored!

Almost every IT giant whether it be Facebook, Amazon, Google, or any other asks various questions based on System Design concepts such as scalability, load-balancing, caching, etc. in the interview.

This specifically designed System Design tutorial & System Design Course will help you to learn and master System Design concepts in the most efficient way from basics to advanced level.

Behavioral Skills

Many people are very afraid of behavioural interview questions in technical interviews as they seem to be just something most programmers are not good at. Do you know that less than 10% of candidates passed their on-site interviews as reported in Silicon Valley? Don’t forget that those who failed have already passed the phone screen.

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