From their 2012 Annual report: Competition: Our business is characterized by rapid change and converging, as well as new and disruptive, technologies. We face formidable competition in every aspect of our business, particularly from companies that seek to connect people with information on the web and provide them with relevant advertising. We face competition from: • General purpose search engines, such as Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing. • Vertical search engines and e-commerce websites, such as Kayak (travel queries), Monster.com (job queries), WebMD (for health queries), and Amazon.com and eBay (e-commerce). Some users will navigate directly to such websites rather than go through Google. • Social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. Some users are relying more on social networks for product or service referrals, rather than seeking information through general purpose search engines. • Other forms of advertising, such as television, radio, newspapers, magazines, billboards, and yellow pages, for ad dollars. Our advertisers typically advertise in multiple media, both online and offline. • Mobile applications on iPhone and Android devices, which allow users to access information directly from a publisher without using search engines. • Providers of online products and services. A number of our online products and services, including Gmail, YouTube, and Google Docs, compete directly with new and established companies, which offer communication, information, and entertainment services integrated into their products or media properties. We compete to attract and retain users, for whom other products and services are literally one click away, primarily on the basis of the relevance and usefulness of our search results and the features, availability, and ease of use of our products and services. We also compete to attract and retain content providers (Google Network Members, as well as other content providers for whom we distribute or license content), primarily based on the size and quality of our advertiser base, our ability to help these partners generate revenues from advertising, and the terms of our agreements with them.
I suspect that it is facebook application and features on mobile. Because Norway is extremely cold, touch screen with bare hands is nearly impossible to use. Hence usage of an app like facebook with ease should be challenging.
No very difficult questions so far. Situational questions were the hardest of what was asked e.g. If you were going to improve your overall sales by 25% how would you go about it? If you were to increase a clients budget by 50% how would you approach/pitch it?