Airbnb Interview Questions

Updated Aug 1, 2015
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    Instructional Designer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Airbnb (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Was referred in by a friend and had a phone interview within a week. Invited into the office for an interview and met with 5 different people... total 3 hours. I didn't make it to the second round, but was told there are three... the third being a culture-fit assessment.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Airbnb.

    Interview

    One overview call with talent recruiter. Two technical phone screens with a shared notepad. Once successful, visit to the office for 1/2 day (did not get this far). Folks were pretty awesome on the phone, definitely no complains about the process.

    Interview Questions

    • Algorithm questions with solutions based on recursion and dynamic programming. Data structures and Run time performance were taken into consideration.   Answer Question
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    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Airbnb (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    I applied online and received a link to fill submit some video interviews and short answers a little over 2 weeks later. I was given a week to complete it, so I spent a lot of time writing, prepping, and recording the answers. Questions were standard behavioral interview questions with a few that required some thinking outside the box. After submitting the videos and short answers at the end of the week, I received a canned email the beginning of the following week stating that they decided not to move forward with the application. At no point did I have the opportunity to interact with or get in contact with an actual person, and I do feel that a phone interview along with written exercises would be much more helpful in getting a feel for an applicant instead of recorded video responses. I would love to work at Airbnb but definitely did not feel valued as an applicant.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us a little about yourself. What should we know that isn't on your resume?   Answer Question
    • Tell us about a specific time at work where you had multiple, competing priorities and you had to figure out what to do. How did you proceed?   Answer Question
    • Imagining that you had unlimited resources, what would you do at a new university in order to 1. connect with the best CS students and 2. build brand awareness on behalf of Airbnb?   Answer Question
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    Interviewee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Airbnb.

    Interview

    2 phone calls and one onsite for 1/2 day. don't bother applying if you don't have a degree from an ivy league. although i didn't have one and made it to the onsite, i got bumped by others who have ivy league degrees. airbnb likes to keep it within the ivy league family. welcome the new "boys club" of the 21st century. no joke.

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    Content Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Airbnb.

    Interview

    Short phone interview with recruiter, then another with hiring manager, then invited in for a four-hour interview with 7 people (all male) including two in totally different departments, and the hiring manager. Each meeting was 30 mins, until the last, which was one hour. Everyone was very nice but it was odd to be interviewed by people I wouldn't work with; one even said, "I don't know what position you are interviewing for, and it doesn't matter." These were "cultural fit" interviews and the questions were a bit strange, such as "tell me about a time you bought someone a gift for no reason." At the end I was told that there were many more people coming in for interviews. I would think that only top candidates would be asked to make time for a four-hour interview so as not to waste anyone's (candidates or employees) time.

    Interview Questions

    • What simple tool or product has made a huge difference in your life?   Answer Question
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    Counsel Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Airbnb (San Francisco, CA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Interview consisted of coming in for several rounds with cross-functional colleagues that the position would support. The team I met with and the recruiters were are very professional and considerate. It is abundantly clear to me that Airbnb is a great place to work. I would recommend them as an employer to anyone.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions were designed to gauge my skill level and personal style.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Airbnb (San Francisco, CA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    A recruiter contacted me through Linkedin. This one was particularly disappointing because the recruiter painted a picture of an engineering culture that was so opposite what turned out to be. I had the impression that they cared more about having 100 of the exact same top 20 CS program grad, in favor of some actual culture with engineers that had passion and personality. Instead, they turned out to be worse school snobs even than Google.

    Interview Questions

    • I had a phone screen question involving examination of subsets.   1 Answer
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Airbnb (San Francisco, CA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Really slow and unprofessional . Recruiters don't value candidates time. It will hurt hiring in long term. They are bad in following up. They are slow to respond and provide feedback.

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    Community Organizer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Airbnb in June 2015.

    Interview

    The process was a bit confusing. Apparently there were on-contract positions and temp. positions. I sent my resume and interest blurb to a classified on Jobsthatareleft heard back from one employee that scheduled a phone interview. And I also applied online through Airbnb, and was scheduled to do a skype call. Unbeknownst to me, they were for different community organizer positions. I got neither of them.

    Interview Questions

    • If you were assigned a region of the city that was not engaged in the politics or debate, how would you activate them?   Answer Question
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    Head of Internal Communications Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Airbnb (San Francisco, CA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I applied for the job online, and received an email from the recruiter within a couple of days. We set up an initial phone interview, and it lasted about 30 minutes. The recruiter was going to discuss my background with the hiring manager and following up with next steps. The recruiter did follow up within a week to say they decided to go with another candidate, but we agreed to stay in touch Overall it was a good, professional experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Why am I interested in Airbnb? Give an example of a project related to the role that I'm proud of. Pretty normal stuff.   Answer Question
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