Rumors fly wild about the crazy interview questions at tech companies, most notably Google. Bloggers and journalists write articles about the intense, mind-stumping questions. Every six months or so, a new series of articles circulates about how so-and-so company has revolutionized its interview process.
But, more often than not, those articles contain mostly false or misleading information. A single offhanded remark by someone not that knowledgeable of the situation gets twisted into a much bigger story, and no one cares to fact check the piece. After all, it's the crazy stories that get the clicks.
The interview process is mostly consistent across the major tech companies. They're all looking for people who are the classic “smart and get things done” person. The specific way that is assessed varies across positions, of course.
Most interview questions fit into one of the following four categories: