Electronic Arts Interview Questions

Updated Aug 24, 2015
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    Gameplay Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Electronic Arts.

    Interview

    I submitted my resume to University Recruiter. 2 weeks after that, I was approached by a recruiter asking if I am interested in a certain position. I replied and then went into interview with a lead programmer in the team.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Electronic Arts (San Jose, CA) in July 2015.

    Interview

    Got an email from ea recruiter that they have this job opportunity if you are interested. Then they scheduled my interview after a week so there was a lot of time for preparation. It was phone interview and we have to code online. Interviewer was pretty helpful. Overall it was good experience.

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    Visual Designer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Electronic Arts (Austin, TX) in May 2015.

    Interview

    The interview started with a check in with security upon arrival. I was then greeted by my assigned recruiter and taken into a nearby conference room. We quickly went over the agenda. I was going to meet with 5 different management and team members in short 30 minute meetings. Overall the process was very comfortable and each person was friendly and courteous. Each one had a different interview approach, however I didn't get a sense of how all these people worked together. They mentioned being a newly developing department, and that could explain some of the confusion of what they wanted or looking for.

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    • If you present to a stakeholder and they didn't like a color or font you were using how would you respond.   3 Answers
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    Finance Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Electronic Arts in April 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online and received an email 2 weeks later to set up a phone interview/screen with one of the hiring managers/senior financial analysts. The interview went well and was very conversational/laid back. The recruiting coordinator and hiring manager were extremely nice and answered all of my questions promptly. They were also quick in updating me on the status of my application. Make sure you are very proficient with Excel, should know v-lookups and pivot tables at the minimum and communicate that. I did not, so that hurt my chances quite a bit.

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    • No technical questions. Almost all resume questions with maybe 1 or 2 behaviorals. Tell me about your self. Walk me through your resume. What are your favorite classes? Why finance/why finance internship? What experience do you have with Excel modeling/how proficient are you?   1 Answer
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    Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Electronic Arts in January 2015.

    Interview

    I found the job on a social media site. I applied online and had an initial phone interview scheduled within a few days. The employee that interviewed me was very friendly and I felt overall it went very well. Questions were very professional and to the point. Nothing really unusual or off topic.

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    • Nothing really super difficult or unexpected. Mostly focused on past work and projects.   Answer Question
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    Internal Audit Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Electronic Arts (Redwood City, CA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Received email to schedule a phone interview about one month after I applied online. Received call from the manager I would be reporting to. He seemed very interested, but I never received a call back to let me know either way. interviewer was pleasant but it was strange not receiving any information after that.

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    Tax Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Electronic Arts in January 2015.

    Interview

    I applied for the position online and the HR recruiter contacted me within few weeks. I had an initial phone interview with the HR recruiter. I'm trying to relocate to a different state so she said I would have another phone interview with the hiring manager. I thought my phone interview with the hiring manager went pretty well. She seems to like my background and experience. I also had a good vibe about the team. She said she would like for me to speak to few other people in the team. I was told that the HR recruiter will contact me the next two weeks. I had not heard anything from them for two weeks. I reached out to the HR recruiter and the hiring manager after three weeks, but did not get any response. I thought it was very unprofessional and inconsiderate to not send out an email to let the candidate know the interview decision. In fact, not even a reply. Company's culture is reflected in the interview process. I'm glad it did.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Electronic Arts in January 2015.

    Interview

    Hiring process is similar to most of the company. Firstly HR scheduled a phone interview with the lead of the project for an interview. The interview was short spanned, went likely for 15 mins. After clearing the interview they scheduled a face to face technical interview which went for an hour.

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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Electronic Arts.

    Interview

    I applied through my university's job site and was contacted to take a skills test about a week later. The skills test was a 1 hour excel exercise that was to be completed at home and emailed back. I took the test early in the week and was told I would hear back by the end of the week. Friday came and went and it wasn't until mid-week of the following week that I heard back from them. That was just a preview of the process to come. I got a first round panel interview that lasted 2 hours. At this point there were around 8 candidates. The panel consisted of the people I would be working with/for. There were some behavioral questions, an informal skills test where I was asked to analyze and comment on one of the employee's excel work, and then some slightly more field-oriented questions. There was nothing too stressful and all of the interviewers were very friendly and engaged. At the end of the interview, I asked about the timeline moving forward. I was giving a firm date, but one of the interviewers made a joke regarding how they are perpetually late on their responses. I didn't find that too funny especially how they stressed that timeliness was such an important aspect of the role. Of course, that first date came and went. A full week after I was told I'd hear back, I finally did and got a second round interview. Apparently, the field was down to 4 candidates and they would be hiring 2. That interview went fine as well. It was shorter and was more casual, but one of the interviewers (who happened to be the team's manager) seemed rather disinterested and hurried. There was no expression or even acknowledgement of my responses. He simply hurried down the list of questions and got me out of there. Again at the end, I asked about the timeline moving forward, and not surprisingly, I got another firm date. This time, the date passed by over 3 weeks. This time it was the final hiring decision. It turned out that I didn't get the job. The rejection letter was a form email stating that "the position has other candidates currently being considered who better fit the minimum requirements". Are they trying to tell me after a skills test and 2 thorough interviews that I don't adequately meet the MINIMUM requirements? Shouldn't that have been determined before they even initiated the skills test. And no personalization or even a signature from the hiring manager? If that's the way EA handles potential employees, I am so grateful I didn't get the job and become a full-time employee. They managed to stretch out 3 rounds over 2 months even though it should have been less than a month based on all the dates they gave me throughout. If they truly were that busy and overworked that they needed weeks and weeks of additional time just to schedule a time for a follow-up interview, then I wanted no part of that. Many times, a good summary of a company's culture/attitudes can be learned from its interviewing processes. Most companies (even terrible ones) put their best foot forward and manage to put on a good dog and pony show during the interviewing process. EA couldn't even get their act together for their interviewing process and I'm glad I won't have to find out what goes on inside the company.

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    • Take a look at my work and critique it.   1 Answer
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    Average interview. The interviewer is very friendly and the interview process is rather educational. I had a screening interview in the campus. I would recommend reviewing data structure before the interview. HR would also ask behavioral questions after the tech interview. They get a long technical question in just the first round.

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