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Updated Apr 2, 2014

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Internal Communications Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Washington, DC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at Blackboard in January 2014.

Interview Details – Phone interview with HR recruiter, then four interviews with two team members, Director or Global Talent Acquisition, and VP of Communications. It took four weeks to go in for the in-person interviews. After the in-person interview, all communications from Blackboard ceased and I have seen the job re-posted twice on job boards. Still have not received an offer or a rejection--even after reaching out to the HR recruiter AND the VP.

Interview Question – Describe to me how you handled a stressful situation.   Answer Question

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IT Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Carbondale, IL

I applied in-person and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Blackboard in May 2011.

Interview Details – They questioned me then gave me a lateral thinking test, then I had to troubleshoot a PC problem. They gave me static IP information but no DNS servers.

Interview Question – Explain what you are passionate about in IT and how you hope to contribute to the field as your career develops?   View Answer

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Level II Support Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Sherman Oaks, CA

I applied through other source - interviewed at Blackboard in May 2011.

Interview Details – I was part of a company merger. There was no interview processs

Interview Question – Blackboard asks for self-evaluations as part of their annual review, but I have never received feedback from my evaluation.   Answer Question

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Product Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Blackboard.

Interview Details – Had an initial phone screening with HR that lasted about 30 minutes. A couple of weeks later had a longer phone screening with the hiring manager that was a little over an hour.

Interview Question – Very standard interview questions and mostly wanted to get more information about my background. A few questions about working with virtual teams.   Answer Question

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Senior Salesforce Administrator Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Blackboard in January 2013.

Interview Details – Two phone calls, one with a recruiter and one with the hiring manager, followed by an onsite interview series with three members of the team in which the position would be located, including the hiring manager.
There were some communication challenges during the process where I was handed off to another recruiter with no warning between the phone and onsite interviews.
In addition, communication following the interviews has been poor at best. I have followed up at the behest of the recruiter only to receive one reply that a decision hadn't been made yet and despite noting that he would reply once he knew more, there has been no reply in several weeks.

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Technical Support Specialist for Edline Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Denver, CO

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Blackboard in June 2012.

Interview Details – Applied online - 3 interviews, 1 Achiever test, another online application for the job. Whole process took about 2 1/2 weeks once I got an interview.

Interviewed with corporate recruiter and was asked to explain my background. This interview was quick - about 15 minutes. I was told in this interview that they wanted to schedule my second phone interview.

My second interview was a phone interview with the direct manager. She was very relaxed and laid back in her interview process. This interview took about 30-45 minutes and we got into more details about my capabilities and experience.

After this they required me to complete an Achiever Test that takes an hour and fill out another job application with my work history (not sure why this was necessary). My results got me into a 3rd round interview in person with the direct manager and via Skype with the Product Manager from Chicago.

Direct manager was great but Product Manager was disrespectful during the interview by staring off into space, tapping on his desk and screen, pointing awkwardly at the camera, asking extremely detailed questions about school projects that were irrelevant to the job, putting his hands on his head and making funny facial expression. He seemed irritated with me the entire time and was likely the reason I didn't get the job. He was not professional!

Interview Question – Asked about specific details about a school project I did over 5 years ago. Also asked for a specific example of when I dealt with a difficult technical problem that I couldn't solve.   View Answer

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Java Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Washington, DC

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Blackboard in June 2012.

Interview Details – Applied on my colleges job board, and had their technical recruiter email me back quickly. Spoke with him on the phone and asked for me to send them some code I had worked on.

Sent them my code on github, then they scheduled another phone interview with the groups manager. The second phone interview was a general interview about my background, but manager spent 90% of the time telling me about the groups projects and such.

Invited in the following week for an interview with their team.

Started off with group manager one-on-one interview, which consisted of him just elaborating on what they were working on, questions asked of me.

Second round, was a two-on-one interview with their senior engineers, this was the dousie. They pretty much just drilled me on questions about Java, SQL and random instances that may come up while working on team projects. Some questions involved what is singleton, abstract class, do a SQL command, etc. Some of the questions one of the engineers asked, were kinda hard and even the other engineer interviewing me admitted he didn't know the answers. In all honesty I hadn't worked with Java since high school, so I was rusty on all the concepts, and it would have been a miracle of the highest order if they actually took me haha. I would have deserved an oscar for the performance if it was successful.

Third round consisted of two-on-one interview with their junior engineers. This was rather easy, they asked basic questions about my resume.

Fourth round consisted of a one-on-one interview with the product manager, he actually tried to dip out of interviewing me saying something came up with a client and we should do it later, I'm guess after speaking with the senior engineers they had already determined they did not want to hire me. Nevertheless, I was already there and wanted the practice. I ended up coming back a few hours and interviewing with him. I guess they did not expect me to have come back.

All in all what I will say is the only relevant interview is the one with the senior engineers. It seems like if you do well on all the other interviews and don't do well with them, it's irrelevant. On the other hand, if you do well in the interview with the senior engineers and don't do well on the rest, it is irrelevant.

Just my thoughts from the whole experience. On a good note, I got offers elsewhere.

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Client Support Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Blackboard in August 2011.

Interview Details – Recruiter was quick to give me a call after I submitted my resume. We chatted a few days later, and he set up a call with the manager of the team I'd be working on. The manager told me I'd be interviewing for a different position, but it still sounded interesting to me. When I got to the interview (at 8:30 am, a little early in my opinion), the doors were locked, and nobody was staffing the front desk. I interviewed with a total of 5 people-- the manager, the VP and three team members. There was definite confusion about what position I was interviewing for, and it seems it hadn't been communicated to all my interviewers that the manager was interviewing me for position X instead of position Y. The recruiter never followed up with me after the interview, which I always find immensely disappointing. It takes less than 30 seconds to make a phone call, or shoot out an email; it's professional courtesy. When I followed up with him two weeks after the interview, he told me something along the lines of a lot of the team members were on vacation, as if they waited two weeks to file their interview reports. Overall, what started out as an exciting, intriguing opportunity ended disappointingly, with confusion at the interview, and no follow-up from the company.

Interview Question – There was nothing out of the ordinary.   View Answer

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Product Manager Or Related Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Blackboard in December 2010.

Interview Details – After poor communication from the HR representative, I was finally able to obtain enough information about the job/company and decided to come into their main office for an interview. The interview lasted 4 hours, of which I met with several different people and discussed the same few items on my resume. It seemed like the people I would be working with (or under) had a different description of the job that I had originally been told over the phone. As I was getting ready to leave the 4 hour "speed date" I noticed the HR person, who was supposed to walk me out had forgotten about me and was heading out for lunch. Luckily someone grabbed him. I never heard back from the company. NOTHING, even after e-mailing the HR person several times. I think that is absolutely unacceptable and rude. How hard is it to just send an e-mail or pick-up the phone. Looking back, I think I dodged a bullet. None of the people I interviewed with seemed all that happy there.

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Client Implementation Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
San Francisco, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Blackboard in July 2010.

Interview Details – (This is for their mobile division in San Francisco) Got the interview from their recruiter. Went into their HQ for a 2-hour interview meeting 3 people. Chatted with manager for 30 minutes. Just talk about what I have done and the people they are looking for. 2nd person is a web engineer. Asked me a few technical questions and I answered correctly for most. 3rd person is a client manager. Chatted about the role and had opportunity to ask her about different aspects of the role. Lastly I was given 3 questions basically asking me to draft 3 emails to different client situations.

I was feeling very confident after the interview. However the recruiter called me the next day saying they feel I don't have enough communication skills for the post.

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