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Updated Nov 12, 2014
Updated Nov 12, 2014
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    Data Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Was sent a data set to analyze. Sent the results back to be crunched by them.
    Then had an on-site interview and had to interact with the team there as well.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Airbnb in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    - Phone screening with recruiter (1): pretty straight forward but asked for salary requirements... was surprising upfront
    - Skype interview with head of team (1): waiting 45 minutes and he didn't show up, they rescheduled me late that night for early next morning (no time to notify work)
    - Five 30 minute interviews with manager, team and other teams: straightforward, asked some challenging questions but it was pleasant and fun, just exhausting
    - Emailed me with a project I spent 20+ hours on, said I would be presenting to team but then ultimately got scheduled for 4 more 30 minute interviews (2 were for culture fits) and one 30 minute presentation to one person (seemed like different than what they originally wanted me to do)

    Overall I had 12 interviews but the recruiters were great in getting back to me quickly. There was some miscommunication and cancellations, which I found frustrating. I had to miss a lot of work and would have been really upset if they put me through all this and they didn't offer me the job.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me something that I can't find on your resume, LinkedIn, online, etc.; What's been your biggest risk, asked a lot of weird questions, but just do your research and be prepared for non-traditional questions for cultural value interviews   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Unable to negotiate anything but they offered me a small sign-on bonus
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    CX Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Airbnb in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I first applied to Airbnb at the end of March 2014. The recruitment/interview process was very long but for a good reason. They really want to get to know you and make sure that you'll be a great fit for the company.

    First there was a generic application submission where you upload your resume and cover letter. Within a few days, I was contacted to take part in the Hireart video interview where you record responses to customer service-related questions and about the website. Really dig in and make sure you know the website before you start this! After I submitted my hire art video, I waited over a month to hear back. I definitely thought that ship had sailed after it being a few weeks but I was invited to the group interview in mid-May. This was a group of about 20 candidates with about 10 current Airbnb employees present. It was very casual and included typical "tell me about yourself"/fun fact group sharing activities. Ultimately, they want to find someone who can get along with just about anyone and is a great people person. Smile and try to introduce yourself to as many people as possible (not just the airbnb recruiting staff!). I met some amazing candidates at the hiring meet up. Most importantly, I recommend listening and remembering the names of some key recruiters or current employees you connected with during the meet-up. When I was waiting to hear back for the Skype interviews and it had been awhile, it was nice to be able to reach out to someone to inquire what the timeline was for the rest of the hiring process.

    Insider Tip: Dress casual and remember during the group/team exercises that being a leader doesn't mean that you need to be talking the most. Often times the most important leadership quality is the ability to listen to your teammates. Good luck!

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Customer Experience Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Airbnb in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online by first sending in my resume. A few days later was sent a link to HireArt to complete a 7 question interview that had video portions. It was easy enough but took me forever because I kept re-recording. Waited over a month and finally got an invite to the group interview aka hire meetup. There were about 25 or so other candidates and about 8-10 current Airbnb employees. The process took a few hours, was less scary than I'd worked myself for, and involved some role-playing, survival team-building scenarios, and short one-on-one interviews. The next day I was asked to do a Skype interview with someone in Dublin. Still waiting to hear back but I think it went very well and felt natural. Basically, Airbnb staff members are really chill, respectful, and easy to talk to. Research company culture and policies. A billion bonus points if you've used the site as a guest or host and like to travel.

    Interview Questions
    • It wasn't "difficult" per se, but they asked me if I could have any job in the world tomorrow what it would be. Unexpected and potentially tricky!   View Answers (2)
    Negotiation Details
    **still waiting to hear back, but I know salary is set in stone and is competitive!**
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    CX Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Online, Group Sessions, Free food

    Interview Questions
    • They just are testing your culture and if you can handle being in a fraternity.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They do not negotiate. They underpay you like everyone else because "you're lucky to work for such an innovative company like us"
    Accepted Offer
  7. 11 people found this helpful  

    Customer Experience Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Airbnb in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    As you may have read from other responses, it's quite straight forward. The recruiting team values your time and the hiring process goes by quick (although it seemed like an eternity for me). Actually reading these responses is what prepared me for the interview process. They'll first invite you to a Hireart interview. You will be asked to submit a few video interview questions and answer example role play questions. If you pass that phase, then they'll invite you to a Hiring Meetup (which is a group interview & surprisingly fun). At the Hiring Meetup (20 people) you will be asked to introduce yourself and share a fun fact. Then you will split into groups and role play real Airbnb scenarios. The interviewers mention it's okay to don't know the answer to certain policies. What they are really looking for is CREATIVITY and see how well you problem solve under stress. After the role playing, there is a group work activity and one-on-one interviews (normal interview questions). If you stand out enough from the group, they will invite you to 1-2 more interviews in the next few days via Skype. After that they'll let you know if you got it or not. Be prepared to LOVE Airbnb and try to see what Airbnb means to you. Good luck.

    Interview Questions
    • What stands you out from the rest of the group?
      Success stories from the past?
      If you had to teach me a certain skill, what would it be?
       
      Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Airbnb in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    They were slow with the follow up with my initial application, but once they emailed me in regards to my first interview (and final) things moved quickly. They contacted me by the next day or two letting me know I got the job. Very relaxed interview, fun atmosphere, open layout of the workspaces, lots of sunlight. Seems like a great place to work, but the job wasn't really what I was looking for. *Please note, I interviewed with multiple people, but they were all 1:1 interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • No difficult questions-I definitely over prepared for this interview.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Seems like a great place to work, but the job wasn't really what I was looking for.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Airbnb.

    Interview Details

    1 - initial conversation with internal recruiter
    2 - technical screen
    3 - in person interview at airbnb for 6 hours
    4 - phone conversation with manager

    The hiring process was actually pretty disorganized. For example, the first in person interviewer was nearly twenty minutes late and hadn't bothered to read my resume beforehand. I didn't really get the feeling that they were that interested in me. They also didn't ask about my previous professional experience at all. Given the level of questions they asked and the way the interviews went, I got the strong impression they mostly hire fresh college grads, not people with a decade of experience. Note that I'm not saying I'm too good to write code on a whiteboard or anything, because I'm happy to prove I'm competent. But I've learned a few things besides basic algorithms and airbnb never asked a single question about anything I've worked on.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were really pretty straightforward if you're a decent engineer. Know your data structures and web architecture and you'll do well. They also ask you to write code with one of their engineers, so you should know (at least) one language and one editor well.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Airbnb didn't give me a great offer financially. They made it clear after I declined that I could have negotiated, but another company beat them by $20k.

    Airbnb will also give you an option grant that is worth $xxx, but will absolutely refuse to tell you how they arrived at that value or disclose what fraction of existing shares that represents. Given the stock is still illiquid, it makes it impossible to value the stock grant and hence I valued it at $0. Note that, per 409a regulations, they cannot offer in the money option grants. Hence the grant is worth $0 per the last independent company valuation. So they only way they arrive at the value is some growth assumptions, but again, they will refuse to share those with you.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Multiple rounds (4-5) not sure if that's common, but they had me interview for two positions. Great HR, communicated efficiently and very helpful. Always very prompt with following up. Wonderful experience over all, everyone was very welcoming and enjoyable to speak with.

    Interview Questions
    • Gave hypothetical situations of how I would analyze certain problems in the system. Mainly looking for way of thinking and ability to communicate effectively.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Customer Support Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Airbnb in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    The interview and hiring process are great. Well designed for the experience. Their Talent team is respectful of your time and is flexible with scheduling. The interviews are thorough and suited for the skill set they are looking for. I have to say, I had FUN at this interview day.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation allowed for this role.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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