Cerner Interview Questions

Updated Sep 15, 2014
Updated Sep 15, 2014
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cerner in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Were very polished and polite in the interview process. Actually persuaded me to join their company instead of taking the already-existing offer from Oracle. They also came up on salary from 55k to 57k starting. I would say that, in retrospect, they are probably the smoothest company I've ever interviewed with.

    Interview Questions
    • It was tremendously easy. The most unexpected question was probably when they asked me to describe wiki technology and why it's useful.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They came up a couple of thousand on salary because I had an offer elsewhere.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cerner in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    It was fairly straight forward, a recruiter contacted me and asked me general HR question about my experience. (Resume Stuff) A week later, I had a technical interview. After that, I was asked to fly up to KC for an in-person interview. That consisted of a few technical interviews by a few different people.

    Interview Questions
    • I will not give any specific questions, but I feel it would be helpful to others to give an overview of things to study. There is another post on here that does a VERY good job of covering everything, so I won't reinvent the wheel.

      Freshen up on your networking skills (OSI Model, roles of different hardware on a network). You need to have a working knowledge of UNIX based commands in a terminal/command line interface. (ls,cd,find,top,chmod,chown).
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They seem to be pretty firm with their offer, as they try to make the best one possible so that no one's time is wasted. They are very generous.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Velocity Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Kansas City, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kansas City, MO
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Cerner in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied through website. Got an email from HR to schedule a phone interview. Asked basic questions on data structures and testing. Then got an email to interview on-site. 2 interviews on site; each around 1 hr. Many questions such as OO concepts, data structures; wrote a basic program (divide by 5, 7)... Many behavioral questions focusing on past experience.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiate and you will get an increase.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Kansas City, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kansas City, MO
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cerner in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Very professional and organized process. They excel at hiring and interviews.Starts with HR phone screening then phone interviews with management followed by a paid trip to Kansas City. Three managers conduct the interviews and then you present a powerpoint presentation on the subject of your choice to demonstrate public speaking skills.

    Interview Questions
    • I believe the equipment was purposely tampered with during the presentation to assess coping skills under stressful situations.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiations were very professional and successful.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Delivery Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Submit cover letter and resume with application; college campus interview / phone interview; on-Cerner-campus interview with behavioral interview focus

    Offered a position and salary within 2 weeks. Given a couple weeks to decide and choose start date that works well with current employment / plans.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you disagreed with a policy or decision by a superior and what you did.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Analyst Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cerner in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Had a phone interview that went well. The following week I traveled to Kansas City to go to an in-person interview. The interview was with three different people back to back. It was almost 3 hours long. Overall, very intense interview.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    The environment seemed very stiff and I did not feel like I would enjoy working there. Plus, I have heard horror stories from past employees on how they work you like a dog.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Velocity Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Kansas City, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kansas City, MO
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Support Analyst Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Cerner.

    Interview Details

    I applied online on their careers website. About a week after that I got an email from the recruiter to schedule a phone interview. During the phone interview I was just asked basic questions about my education and a couple behavioral questions. At the end of the phone interview, she told me she wanted to schedule a phone interview which was schedule for 5 weeks later. There were 15 other applicants at the in person interview applying for the same position. I had a one and a half hour interview which consisted of three 30 minute interviews with different managers. The interviewers were really nice and asked about 4-5 behavioral questions each.

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time when you had to solve a technical problem.   Answer Question
    • Talk about a time you had to produce results without much direction.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Velocity Software Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Solution Architect Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Kansas City, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kansas City, MO
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. 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 Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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