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Velocity Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Cerner in June 2014.
Interview Details – I was planning to apply to Cerner in the nearby future (they actually came to my university recruiting but I didn't apply anywhere straight away) when I was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn. Knowing that this was probably the best way to actually get over the fear of applying I replied and applied right away.
The whole process would have been faster, but I had prior commitments.
I had a phone interview with the recruiter 4 days after she contacted me, and then a phone interview with a software engineer a little bit more than a week after that.
The first phone interview was very basic, completely behavioral. The most unexpected questions were "what do you do in your spare time to increase your programming abilities" (I'm in grad school, I spend most of my time doing research, during the day and when I'm back at home; I ended up telling her about the algorithms books I had started reviewing) and "tell me about a recent time when you learned a new programming language" (I hadn't learned a new programming language in a while, so I was not entirely prepared for this either, but I talked about a time 4 years ago heh).
The phone interview with the engineer was again mostly behavioral. Any technical questions are already posted on Glassdoor.
Then I got the call about Experience Cerner day, but I couldn't make it to the earliest one because of prior commitments, so I made it to the next one, which was exactly a month after my technical phone screen.
Experience Cerner Day was quite nice, albeit it started very, very early. We started with a tour of Kansas City, the city of fountains, and then had our interviews.
One note about attire: Cerner is jeans-casual, but everyone interviewing will, more than likely, wear a suit. So do the same, you don't want to feel under-dressed!
My interviewers were pleasant and we had some nice conversations. Half behavioral, half technical. They asked the Fizz-Buzz question, and another one about designing a database. All of the questions are on Glassdoor (except the database question, just make sure you know RDBMS normalization, you should figure it out on your own, this was definitely not a standard question).
I'll add the question I felt I had the biggest problem with (but which maybe was exactly what got me hired) below.
They said it would take them up to 2 weeks to give out a decision, I got mine in 10 days (I had almost given up hope by then).
Interview Question – When was there a time when ONE SINGLE project was so overwhelming that you felt there weren't enough hours in a day for it and what did you do? View Answer
Negotiation Details – I thought about negotiating but then searched online and it seems that that's the salary they give out (it's 1k less than someone posted here). I also got a relocation package.
Velocity Software Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cerner in October 2013.
Interview Details – There were two phone interviews. The first phone interview was an HR screening. This included very typical questions. This was followed by a semi-technical phone interview. This interview included behavioral and basic OOP questions.
There were also two onsite technical interviews. Neither was very difficult. Both included basic data structures, OOP, and a couple behavioral questions.
Interview Question – I was asked to design a unit test for a method that reverses a string. View Answer
Negotiation Details – As this was an intern position, there was no negotiation.
Solution Architect Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cerner in May 2014.
Interview Details – The recuiter reached out to me online to inquire about my experirence, and two weeks later, I was on a flight to KC to interview for the position. The Interview process was smooth, and everyone was very friendly and welcoming.
Interview Question – There were a lot of questions asking to site examples from previous work experience. If you are able to thin on the spot, and have a good memory, you should be fine. The interviewers were very nice and accomodating, so if you need to take a second, they will understand. Answer Question
Velocity Delivery Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
Interviewed at Cerner
Interview Details – Several weeks after submitting a resume, I was called by a recruiter and invited to Kansas City for an interview. We toured the headquarters, learned about the company, and then had 3 separate one on one interviews.
Interview Question – They mostly ask about previous experiences. Behavioral based. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate.
Velocity Professional Services Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cerner in January 2012.
Interview Details – My first interview was a phone interview, with very basic questions, mostly protocol related questions. We then proceeded to schedule a skype interview for my second interview since I was still in school and lived out of state. The skype interview was three rounds of interviews with different people with more behavioral based questions, not super hard but required some thought. Make sure to be as specific as possible when answering these questions because they want actual scenarios.
Interview Question – The most difficult question for me was a question about handling a change at work and how I adapted to it. Since I was working mostly basic jobs throughout college I had a hard time initially thinking of a specific situation. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They offered me what I expected and a relocation package, so I was pleased.
Solution Architect Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Cerner in June 2014.
Interview Details – I was contacted by a senior recruiter for the Solution Architect position after I had previously applied for a position with Cerner. After being contacted by this recruiter, I went through the first-level application on the Cerner website. I was then provided a phone interview within 5 business days with the senior recruiter to discuss the basics of the job. After completion of the initial phone interview, I received an e-mail about 3 business days after the phone interview from another member of the HR team at Cerner to schedule my on-site interview. I was scheduled to meet with three individuals (2 Directors and 1 Manger) and was told the process would take about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
The first person I met with shared the basics regarding travel, expected knowledge level, desired knowledge/skills/abilities, and some info about the team I will be working with. She also shared her experience of "a day in the life" of a Solution Architect and her general experience at Cerner.
The second person I met with shared a few more technical aspects of the position and he also shared his experience of "a day in the life" of a Solution Architect and his general experience at Cerner.
The third person was more cut and dry, sticking primarily to interview questions, etc. She did, however, provide her experience of "a day in the life" of Solution Architect and her general experience at Cerner.
ALL three of these individuals had several behavioral or situational questions which seemed like standard interview questions to me.
Interview Question – Describe a time when you provided an innovative solution to a problem, but had to troubleshoot or provide damage control for other issues discovered after implementing your solution. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I have received an informal offer, but have not yet received the formal offer of employment.
Velocity Analyst Interview (Positive Experience)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cerner.
Interview Details – The interview is very casual, they make you feel at ease. The interview is very situational based, so come in mind with specific examples of times you have succeded. You are interviewed by 3 different people, and it is OK to repeat storeis
Interview Question – Give me a time that you had to tailor a story to a particular audience Answer Question
Negotiation Details – none
Early Childhood Teacher Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Cerner.
Interview Details – Applied online, got a call requesting a phone interview less than 24 hours later. Scheduled a phone interview a week later, then the recruiter offered me an in person interview. When for the in person interview and interviewed with two different managers. I was then given a tour of the center. After going home I didn't hear anything for several weeks. I figured they picked another candidate. However out of the blue I got a phone call from the recruiter offering me the position.
Interview Question – Nothing difficult was asked. Just the main questions....
1. Tell us about yourself?
2. What kind of experience do you have?
3. What was one of the hardest things you have ever had to face in your line of work?
4. Why do you like working with children? Answer Question
Business Apprentice Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Cerner in September 2012.
Interview Details – Applied on CernerCareers.com. Was contacted by phone a month later about an interview. After interviews waited two weeks to hear back. Once accepted I attended compass. Whole application to start date took about a month and a half.
Interview Question – Explain a weakness of yours. The trick is to be honest and not try to spin the question to make yourself look good. They want to hear your honest opinion of something you need to work on professionally . View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negations for salary for Apprentices. Set pay scale already in place. Pay raises every summer, as long as your credit hours have reached the next threshold.
KCIT Apprentice Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Cerner.
Interview Details – I applied online. After applying , the job listing was taken down. Two days after, I was contacted by a recruiter by email. In the email I was asked to list times in which I would be available to have a phone 'interview'. After responding, and scheduling a date I was called (2 minutes late!). During the call I was asked about my previous work experience, and if I knew what Cerner did. I was asked the following questions: "what was your least favorite thing at your previous job,' and 'what did you enjoy doing the most?' The phone call lasted approximately 20 minutes. I was then contacted later with a date to meet for an in person interview. I was interviewed by two people and was asked primarily Star Behavioral interview questions. So, if you're looking to study, try looking up Cerner's interview video on YouTube and also looking up general 'STAR' interview questions on Google.
Interview Question – During the interview I was asked to explain a time where I had previously been in a situation in which I had to force someone to take responsibility for their actions. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Your pay is based off of how many credits you have completed. I have completed 65, so my pay is $13.20 an hour.
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