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I applied online and interviewed at BlackBerry.

Interview Details – You ll have 1 Hr round and a onsite interview

Interview Question – Most difficult part was from algos   Answer Question

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Dallas, TX

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at BlackBerry in October 2012.

Interview Details – I have applied for the software engineer internship position on the website of RIM, after about 3 weeks, the recruiter contacted me and said that one group wants to interview with me. The phone interview is scheduled about 1 week later.

Interview Questions:
First part: network related
What will happen after I open a browser and type www.google.com?
When I log into gmail or hotmail, how will the server identify you so next time you don’t need to login again?
What’s the difference between sockets and ports?
How to check how many sockets are opened in the computer?

Second part: Java related.
What’s static field?
What’s static method?
What’s the difference between overloading and overwriting?
What’s polymorphism?
What’s the difference between abstract class and interface?
Can we instantiate abstract class? Can we instantiate interface?
What’s the access level in java?
What’s the finally block?
Can you give me an example of finally block?

Third part: programming problems
1. give list1 and list2, suppose they are sorted in ascending order, how to check whether each element in list 2 presents in list 1. What’s the time complexity?

2. Suppose there’s no hashmap class in Java, design your own hashmap class.

3. Give an example where dead lock can happen.

4. calculate the factorial of n.

Interview Question – No unexpected questions.   Answer Question

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Milford, CT

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at BlackBerry.

Interview Details – I gave them my resume at a college career fair. They contacted me a few weeks later and set up a phone interview.

The phone interview consisted of a coding problem, which you had to solve using Google docs while the interviewer watches you. The interviewer was very nice and we fixed a couple bugs in my code together.

Next I had an on-site interview which lasted all day. I met with 8 different people from the company for 6 interviews and a lunch period. Almost all of the interviews were technical in nature. This includes coding, drawing software diagrams on a whiteboard, and verbally answering some questions. Once again everyone was very nice and they make it very easy for you to succeed.

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I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at BlackBerry.

Interview Details – HR emailed me for an intial phone interview, the 2nd round of phone technical interview was then booked

Interview Question – The technical question was too general to answer, I couldn't figure out what did they want to ask.   Answer Question

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Halifax, NS (Canada)

I applied online - interviewed at BlackBerry in November 2012.

Interview Details – They called me for an interview on location. It was a one hour interview with half hour about my previous work experience. Then they asked me technical questions about C++.

I am still waiting to hear from them after 3 weeks!

Interview Question – Threading in C++   Answer Question

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I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at BlackBerry in March 2012.

Interview Details – I applied for the job position on RIM career website. Usually the positions posted in the past 1 week will get response. My position was posted one day before I applied for it. Then I got an phone call for phone interview schedule. I scheduled a few days later. The phone interview last about 30min. One week after the phone interview, I got anther phone call to schedule onsite interview. They booked the flight to Dallas (TX) and hotel for me. The Dallas office is very nice.

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Ottawa, ON (Canada)

The process took a day - interviewed at BlackBerry in January 2011.

Interview Details – Traveled to Ottawan, ON for the interview. Conducted a 1:1 interview with a senior developer that lasted for approximately 30 minutes. The interviewer wasn't friendly at all, so it made the interview experience a sour one. He led me into the room and started by asking my previous work experience and then follow up with an algorithm problem, and was then followed by straight forward general questions regarding JAVA.

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I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at BlackBerry in November 2010.

Interview Details – Both interviews were very technical. Lots of questions about architecture, networking, virtualization and various aspects of hardware planning/management. Had some behavioral questions as well.
Easy questions included port numbers for different services, osi model and such.

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I applied through other source and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at BlackBerry in April 2010.

Interview Details – applied online, phone interview after 2 weeks, then 1 to 1 interview. overall the interview was positive. no offer tho.

Interview Question – explain OOP...?   Answer Question

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