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About Google
Levels of job in Google 
About the job👩🏻‍💻
Responsibilities of Software Engineer 1(L3) 
Skill set 👩‍🎓 and the Salary💸💸
Roadmap for Software Engineer 1(L3) role at Google 📈🎯
Build Strong Foundation
Practice for Interviews (~Last 6 Months)
Get Ready to Nail the Google Interview(~Last 2 months) 🧑‍🎓🧑‍🎓
Frequently Asked Questions
How many rounds are there in the Software Engineer L3 interview in Google?
What types of questions are asked in Google software engineer interviews?
Is it possible to negotiate a salary at Google?
What is the SDE 3 pay at Google?
How long does it take Google to go from L3 to L4?
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024

Software Engineer 1(L3) at Google

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So are you thinking of landing your dream job as a Software Engineer at

oogle? You are at the right place :)


Well, here we will provide you with a complete roadmap of your dream job.

In this article, we will be going to discuss the different levels of SE in Google, the process to become a Software Engineer at Google, what are the skill sets required, roadmaps and important links that you can also refer to.

About Google

Google is a multinational firm based in the United States that focuses on Search Engines, Cloud Computing, and Artificial Intelligence. It began as an internet search company and has since expanded to include more than 50 Internet services. Google not only provides the greatest services, but it also encourages and maintains a healthy work atmosphere by motivating and retaining its employees. 

Can’t wait to be a Googler? Don't worry, Coding Ninja is here to assist you at every step of your dream.

The best way for a person to apply for a job at Google is directly through the Google website. It's simple: select your preferred field, enter your location, and then select the skills and experience that are relevant to the job you're searching for. All you have to do is to apply, and Google will sort jobs based on your choices.

It seems you are one step closer to your dream now it's high time to plan and achieve it. Let’s do it. 😎  

Levels of job in Google 

Like every other industry, tech has a precise job levelling system that defines the scope of tasks for each job level as well as the salary range to which it is assigned. A software engineer's duties, autonomy, accountability, pay grade, and independence typically increase as his or her level rises.

Levels are identified by the letter L followed by a number that denotes the role's seniority (from lowest to highest). The majority of Google's sourcing and hiring is done on a level 6 basis (or L6).

About the job👩🏻‍💻

Google's software engineers create next-generation solutions that transform the way billions of people connect, discover, and interact with information and each other.  They create products that must be able to handle large amounts of data and go beyond web search. So they need engineers with new ideas in a variety of fields, including information retrieval, distributed computing, large-scale system design, networking and data storage, security, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, user interface design, and mobile; the list goes on and on. 

A Level 3 coding engineer with an undergraduate degree in a computer-related subject is a Google entry-level software engineer.  They are, however, allocated an entry-level position because they have 0 to 1 year of industry experience. There are total 5 rounds where each round is of 45 min the :

  • Round 0 : Telephonic(Qualification, DS ALGO)
  • Round 1-4 : On-site(DS ALGO/ Problem Solving)
  • Round 5 : Googliness
  • Fitment Call
  • Google Hiring Committee Approval

Responsibilities of Software Engineer 1(L3) 

The main responsibilities of this position is to

  • Design, develop, test, deploy, maintain, and improve the software.
  • Manage project priorities, deadlines, and deliverables on a per-project basis.
  • As a software engineer, you'll also work on a project that's vital to Google's goals, with the possibility of switching teams and projects for better growth of you as well as the company.

Skill set 👩‍🎓 and the Salary💸💸

The skills required for L3 SE are excellent coding skills and  problem-solving skills in an object-oriented language. Also excellent verbal and written communication skills are much needed.

Minimum qualifications required to get placed in Google as a level 3 Software Engineer are as follows

  1. A bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience is required.
  2. Three years of experience in software development, or 1 year with an advanced degree.
  3. Understanding Algorithms, Data Structures, Object-Oriented Programming, and Databases.
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5. Java, C/C++, C#, Objective C, Python, JavaScript, or Go knowledge.

6. Web/mobile application development, Unix/Linux environments, distributed/parallel systems, information retrieval, networking, or systems/security software development are all desirable qualifications.

Whereas the preferred qualifications for Level 3 software engineer job role is 

  1. Master's degree, PhD, additional education, or expertise in engineering, computer science, or another technological discipline are preferred qualifications.
  2. Knowledge about how to develop accessible technology.
  3. Interest and ability for learning additional coding languages as needed.
  4. Ability to grab new programming languages as needed.
  5. Ability to think big about problem statements, recommend alternative technical approaches and build optimal solutions.

The salary for the Level 3 software engineer role as per 2022 at Google for a fresher(Year of experience:0) can be broken down into the following components:

Base Pay Average - ₹29,18,750/yr

Profit Sharing - ₹60,015 Avg

Cash Bonus - ₹4,76,362 Avg

Stock Bonus - ₹12,50,893 Avg

Tips - ₹4,71,007 Avg

  Total Pay Average - ₹34,74,703 

( The figures presented above are subject to change by Google )

Roadmap for Software Engineer 1(L3) role at Google 📈🎯

We know that to be prepared is half Victory and if you really want to be successful a proper planning or a roadmap is a must. So in this section, we will cover everything you would probably need to know to land the SE L3 job role. So, hang tight till the end of this article.


Build Strong Foundation

  • Start by developing a strong foundation. This is the most vital and crucial step since it has the potential to affect the entire direction of your preparation.
  • You should also practice Competitive Programming and master in coding languages like C++Java or Python frequently to improve your ability to solve difficulties quickly and efficiently. In this context, coding bootcamps and contests can be beneficial.
  • "Python where we can, C++ where we must" is Google's hard philosophy. Furthermore, Go and Java are two prominent server-side languages at Google.
  • Expertise in a variety of popular programming languages, frameworks, tools, and database systems and also data structures and algorithms concepts can help you land a high-paying position and promotion with a top tech firm.
  • Investigate the technologies that your chosen organisation uses, as well as their current initiatives and upcoming difficulties.
  • It's beneficial to get knowledge about frameworks like as ReactJS, AngularJS, NodeJS, Django, Flask, and others, as well as database technologies like MySQL, Cassandra, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and Redis.
  • ArraysLinked ListsStacksQueuesHashMapsTreesGraphs and Heaps are some important topics you need to cover.
  • Prepare for Computer Science topics such as OSComputer Networks, and DBMS  by understanding the concepts intuitively rather than memorising the words. 
  • From the perspective of the interview, OOPS is the vital topic one should know. Learn to code in any language you want using the OOPS paradigm, including Abstraction, Encapsulation, Inheritance, and Polymorphism.

Now that we have discussed the roadmap,  here is the linke to apply for the job in Google For more information you can also visit the free Guided Path via this link or the  coding ninja library.

Practice for Interviews (~Last 6 Months)

Are you still undecided on where to begin your preparation? Don't worry, we're here to assist you! So as of now it's time to practice for the interviews as you've already finished with the fundamentals of coding and have a firm handle on the topics.You should be prepared for a wide range of interview questions, from technical questions about system design, architecture, and data structures to situational and hypothetical scenario-based queries.

Interviews, like coding tests, require practice in order to ace them smoothly and do your best.

  • You should Focus on solving Data Structure and Algorithms Problems.
  • Make sure you cover 100 % of all the topics. 
  • Learn and practice effective coding methods on a regular basis. You can go through design principles like DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself), naming conventions for functions and variables, etc. You can practice for the test by clicking on this link-  codingninjas.test-series.

Get Ready to Nail the Google Interview(~Last 2 months) 🧑‍🎓🧑‍🎓

We hope that this article has given you enough information on Google's software engineering job levels to help you focus your interview preparation.

So now you feel that Time flies really quickly, especially when you are determined to achieve something. Don’t you think so? So let’s see what to do in the last 2 months to prepare for the interview.

  • Firstly you need to gain confidence in all data structures and algorithms topics.
  • Also work on the concepts that you find difficult and revise them.
  • Within a tight schedule, practice a few machine coding problems with readable code and proper design. After you've tried the question on your own, go over the standard solutions and apply what you've learned to future challenges.
  •  Don’t forget to revise the notes of CS fundamentals.

To combat nervousness during the interview session, conduct mock interviews. It also boosts your self-confidence and improves your performance. This video outlines the 7 Best Ways To Do Well In Data Structures and Algorithms Interviews, which you should watch.

I hope this section helped you to get well prepared for interview. You can also check out these links to Google Interview Experiences and Ace the Interview: Top 11 DOs and DON’Ts for Freshers and Professionals.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many rounds are there in the Software Engineer L3 interview in Google?

The Google Recruitment Process in Five Steps: Resume screening, phone screenings, on-site interviews, hiring committee reviews, and executive reviews are the five primary stages of Google's recruitment process.

What types of questions are asked in Google software engineer interviews?

Recursion, trees and graphs, dynamic programming, hash tables and queues, arrays, strings, and so on are some of the topics you should be familiar with in order to answer Google interview questions for software engineers.

Is it possible to negotiate a salary at Google?

Do not reveal your current pay to them. If you do, the base salary component of your job offer will most likely be slightly higher than your current income, making it difficult to negotiate a significant raise once your job offer is made. They will almost always inquire about your wage expectations.

What is the SDE 3 pay at Google?

What is the salary of a Google Software Engineer III? For 2 to 9 years of experience, the average Google Software Engineer III salary in India is 54.2 lakhs. The compensation ranges from 33.5 lakhs to 95 lakhs for a Software Engineer III at Google.

How long does it take Google to go from L3 to L4?

L3 hires a recent graduate with a BS/MS but no prior experience. It can take up to two years for someone to be promoted to L4. 5 years of industry experience was the typical guideline for L5 (Senior Software Engineer), and it was a requirement to be promoted to this level.

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