Airbnb Interview Questions

Updated Jun 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (21)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Phone interview. First ask me to introduce my working and project experience. I talked about my university majors, the projects that I worked with, the achievements during the work days.Then I have about 40 minutes to write code, to solve a problem. The question is as follow. Return the coins combination with the minimum number of coins.Time complexity O(MN), where M is the target value and N is the number of distinct coins. Space complexity O(M).

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    • Return the coins combination with the minimum number of coins.Time complexity O(MN), where M is the target value and N is the number of distinct coins. Space complexity O(M).   1 Answer
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    Sourcer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Airbnb (San Francisco, CA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was excellent. The recruiters were straightforward, fast, and ready to answer any questions. It involved a phone screen, a number of in-person interviews with the team and a few other one on one interview. They were full days, but I didn't feel pressured or uncomfortable. They often asked if I needed breaks. Overall, I felt involved and informed throughout the entire process. Everyone was extremely nice and honest about what I should expect.

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    Trust & Safety Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8+ monthsinterviewed at Airbnb (Portland, OR) in March 2015.

    Interview

    From initial application to hiring took 8 months. After submitting my application and resume, I was asked to record a series of videos to submit. Then there was a group interview or "hiring meetup". Finally there was a Skype interview.

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    • What advice would you give the founders?   1 Answer
    • What is the biggest risk you've ever taken?   1 Answer
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    Experience Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Airbnb (San Francisco, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I went through a couple of "sort-of interviews" before the final onsite interview. I first met with the design director and a lead designer casually at an event during an industry conference. Both were incredibly kind and made me feel very comfortable. A week or so later, I met with two designers and a recruiter at the campus where I showed some work and had more casual conversation. Finally, I had a more formal portfolio review on campus followed by some one-on-one interviews with various designers, design managers, PMs, Customer Service reps, etc. This entire process felt very seamless. The recruiters were incredibly diligent in following up, the designers were very informal but always asked very relevant questions, the non-designers provided great insight into metrics, how product teams work, etc. Overall, it was a very enjoyable interviewing process and I knew afterwards that I definitely wanted in if they were to make an offer. The culture of Airbnb is very apparent in the way they interview candidates.

    Interview Questions

    • There were a couple of questions regarding certain design decisions in my portfolio review. They were some specifics about type choice, color choice, aesthetic v. usability, etc.   Answer Question
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    Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Airbnb (San Francisco, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Phone call with the hiring manager, followed by a full onsite (approx 4 hours) in which I did Core Values interviews, role-specific interviews, and also met with an engineering manager to learn more about that partnership.

    Interview Questions

    • What's your biggest weakness? Now give me another weakness.   Answer Question
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    Data Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Airbnb (San Francisco, CA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    In summary, there were three steps in the interview process:
    1) Take home challenge. I was given a problem set to analyze for interesting/actionable leads. The deliverable was in the form of a presentation deck. The recommended time spent was 3-6 hours.
    2) Then there was a 3 hours on site. I was given another data set and asked to perform more analysis to be added to the deck, and then presented the results to the group.
    3) Final on site interview. There were 5 in total, two technical and three character interviews.

    Although exhausting, I really enjoyed the interview experience because the people were genuinely nice and the HR was responsive.

    Interview Questions

    • Come up with a metric that help reduce bias in the data set   Answer Question
    • Brain storm potential causes of an anomaly in web traffic data   Answer Question
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    Talent Scout Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    I first recorded video answers on HireArt, then was called in to interview with three people from my team. Next, I visited again to interview with another person from my team and someone from another team. Overall, I enjoyed the interviews very much.

    Interview Questions

    • What is one thing you would remove from the Airbnb experience?   Answer Question
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    Trust and Safety Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

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

    Interview

    You apply online and wait........

    Then you get an email to create some videos answering some questions.

    You then get another email letting you know you got two to three Skype interviews.

    After you get an invite to a group interview.

    Then you get a job offer

    Fly to San Francisco to learn how the business works and how the corporate office runs.

    Interview Questions

    • None, I was just my self and answered the questions as honestly as possible.   Answer Question
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    CX Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at Airbnb in January 2015.

    Interview

    As described before me, It starts with a resume, cover letter, and hireart video intvw. If you're lucky enough to be contacted after this, group interview. 3 hours, but employees are the coolest people. Be yourself above all. This company is all about culture fit, and if you don't fit, you'll both clearly know. Role playing is tough, not going to lie. If you're one of the few to make it throught the group intvw, you have a final skype with cross functional member to see if you're a culture fit. Mine was more formal than expected but be prepared for anything. Then, offer or not.

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    Sourcer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Airbnb in January 2015.

    Interview

    I had two phone screens and two onsite interviews. I spoke with two different people over the phone and probably 8 or so people in person, including members of the recruiting team and people from other groups in the company for the core values interviews (assessing whether I would be a good fit for the company).

    Interview Questions

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