Ok, first honestly this is not for me. I'm already at FAANG, and that's why my friend is asking me. >Anyways, my friend is a fresh graduate, he recently interviewed with Google in Munich for a L3 SWE position. After his interviews, the Recruiter called him today telling him by saying his feedback is positive and moving to HC but his background is more fit for SWE-SRE, and that she is going to match him for that position. He asked if SWE alone is possible and the recruiter said no. Few questions..did he fail the interviews? Can he insist on SWE? or is the recruiter trying to fill up head count? Personally I know SWE and SWE-SRE has same hiring bar at google for interviews, so I would not understand why it would be done.