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Cerner Software Engineer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Dec 27, 2013
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I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cerner in July 2013.

Interview Details – Fake promises

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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cerner in April 2012.

Interview Details – First phone interview - HR based. Then three 1:1 interview - behavioral and 1 code.

Interview Question – Asked to write a program.   Answer Question

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I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Cerner in March 2013.

Interview Details – 1 phone call HR interview 30 min, 1 technical Phone call interview 30 min, Two 30 mins Technical + Decision making interview

Interview Question – All the questions are on glassdoor   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Didn't negotiate

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I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cerner in October 2013.

Interview Details – Recruited from a campus career fair.

The Skype interview consisted of two parts: typical personality questionnaire and a technical portion.

"Tell me about a time when you didn't get along with your boss."
"Tell me about a project you worked on that you're proud of."
"Can you explain what a garbage collector is?"
"Tell me how you would create a program for a simple game, like chess or checkers in an OOL."

Interview Question – "Can you explain what a garbage collector is?"   View Answers (2)

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Software Engineer
Kansas City, MO

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cerner in September 2013.

Interview Details – Easy and very organized interview process. Standard questions from glassdoor like prepare BST with duplicates for "CERNER", write a program to find max number read input from user and return max number. ACID properties. Given a program and asked to find what exceptions will occur in this.

Interview Question – What is cloud computing   View Answer

Reason for Declining – Not the exact profile I was looking for and salary non negotiable.

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Software Engineer
Kansas City, KS

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Cerner in July 2012.

Interview Details – Had a phone interview and then was brought to Kansas for the in-person interview. Simple questions all in glassdoor.

Interview Question – Nothing difficult. Questions are straight forward   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Not interested. Very low salary

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Software Engineer
Kansas City, MO

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cerner.

Interview Details – Got an HR call after I submitted the resume online. After that they flew me directly for onsite to Kansas. The interview was very simple. 3 1-hr interviews with 3 architects.
Some of the questions were:
1.chess game using oops concept
2.print Foo if number is divided by 5 and bar if number is divided by 7 and foobar if number is divided by 5&7.
3.find a number using Binary search algorithm
4.Normalization
5.difference between memory managed and non-memory managed languages.
6.things a programmer should be careful in a memory managed language
7.how do u approach a bug
8.difference between unit testing and integration testing
9.different types of testing.
10.unit test cases for string reversal
11. gave a code and was asked to find where null pointer exception was occurring.
12.joins in database.
13. gave a code was asked what it does- it was for string reversal.
14.difference between array and linked list.
15.complexity of binary search when array is not sorted.
16. binary search tree for Cerner

And then a lot of behavioral questions.

Interview Question – All usual questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate.

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I applied through other source and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Cerner in February 2012.

Interview Details – Cerner found my resume in dice.com and called for Velocity Software Engineer position. First, I didn't pay attention thinking that it is some sort of trainning program. Later on I did some research and got in touch with the initial recruiter. First phone interview was with a HR recruiter with basic question involving relocation, work eligibility etc. Then another phone interview with a Technical Recruiter (she is the one will keep in touch with you throughout the process). Then the last phone interview with a Sr. Software Engineer/Architect. Very basic questions like difference between Array and Linked list. Then they offered a paid trip to Kansas City for onsite interview. Cerner really treated me well with air-fair/food/hotel and a gift card. The onsite interview also included a guided trip in Kansas City. Again, the onsite interview was easy. String reversal, Binary Tree related questions. After 4 day I got the offer. Really good salary close to 70K. I didn't need a H1B but needed relocation from West Coast. Cerner paid for it. 2 months now I'm working here.

Interview Question – None actually. Insert/update a Binary Search Tree   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Did not need to. Really lucrative offer.

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Software Engineer
Kansas City, MO

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cerner in February 2013.

Interview Details – I came to know about cerner from one of my friends who got a software engineering position after his MS graduation. I got cerner's recruiter's contact from him and send my resume. I got a call from a recruiter lady the next day. She just asked few questions on my educational background and experience and a time for me to come for on-site interview.

I went for on-site after a week. I live close to Kansas City so I drove there and they gave me a purchase card for my expenses. They booked a nice hotel in KC downtown which was nice. The next morning I drove to their innovation campus. There were 5 other people in the group. The first thing was a recruiter lady gave us a tour of their campus which was cool. After the tour the interview started. Each of us were taken to a room and seated. I had three 45 mins interviews. The interview takers were a software engineer, a senior software engineer and a software architect.

questions
--> explain your past project
--> behavioral question on past project. explain a time when you had a conflict with another team member, conflict on deadlines and similar.
--> chess game oop concept
--> binary search algorithm
--> fizzbuzz for 3 and 5
--> recursive vs iterative algorithm
--> exception handling.
--> what will you do if you get a call from support regarding a production issue

Reason for Declining – The recruiter lady told me that Cerner does sponsor green cards but not in EB2 category even though I have a Masters degree. It makes no sense to do my green card in EB3 and wait for 5-7 years, whereas in EB2 it takes less than a year. That was a deal breaker for me.

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Software Engineer

I applied online and interviewed at Cerner.

Interview Details – had a phone interview with HR and got selected for onsite interview which is four rounds

Interview Question – Ever thing is on Glass door. Most of the are like S A R( Situation action result) kinda questions   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Pay is very less

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