Epic Systems Corporation
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Updated Jul 10, 2014
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Technical Writer & Quality Assurance Interview

Technical Writer & Quality Assurance
Madison, WI

I applied online and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Epic Systems Corporation in June 2014.

Interview Details – I submitted my application for the Technical Writer position online. The next day I received an email from an HR rep and was asked to fill out a few additional questions, mostly personal information and things like my GPA, etc. A couple days after that, I was contacted again via email and asked for a phone interview, which I scheduled for the next week. The phone interview was pretty basic--a technical writer interviewed me, and asked me about my three most recent positions, then asked if I had any questions about the company.

Within 24 hours of my phone interview, I had to complete a 2 hour timed writing sample consisting of three or four different prompts. I got an email the next day confirming that they had received my writing sample and were reviewing my materials, and then I was invited to take another 2 hour skills assessment and fill out a personality profile. I completed these assessments in the next couple days, and also received an email confirming my scores had been received at Epic. After that, I was invited to an onsite interview for two positions: Technical Writer and Quality Assurance. I chose between a number of days two weeks in advance. Because I already live in the Madison area, I did not need to be flown in; I drove to Epic with the instructions provided by HR, and it was very easy to find.

The day of the onsite interview I met with more people than I can count, so be prepared to keep names straight and don't depend on connecting with your interviewers, because there are so many of them. They provided breakfast and lunch, and there was a lot of walking (don't wear new shoes like I did, you'll have blisters so bad you can't move by the end of the day). When they tell you dress code is casual, they mean it. In a blazer and jeans, I was significantly dressier than anyone else, and it didn't seem like a good thing. Most people wore blouses or button downs with jeans; don't wear heels, don't wear dress shoes, and definitely do not show up in a business suit. My interviewers were mostly in t-shirts.

Almost everything was in groups. They give you a folder at the beginning of the day with your itinerary; only your case studies and meeting with HR at the end of the day will be one on one. For QA, my interview was very short. I had a small group activity where I was asked to perform a quality assurance test on a random item from the room, and then a case study one on one where I talked about management and organization. For technical writing, I had a case study the same as QA, and then a 2 hour writing test at the end of the day that consisted of one hour of random types of writing samples and one hour of technical writing. The 2 hour writing test was the hardest part of my interview, because I was exhausted, had blisters, and had been doing my best to stay on my game all day. The on-site interview lasted more than 8 hours in all.

After the interview, I was told I would hear back within two weeks. I hadn't heard back in two weeks, so I gave them an extra week lee-way and then called my HR rep and left a voicemail asking for updates. A week later, I was called back and they offered me the QA position.

In all, I spent at least 20 hours taking tests, gathering materials, and interviewing for Epic. If I hadn't been offered a position, I would be very upset at the amount of time they require of their applicants.

Interview Question – Name five things you are not.
If you were in charge of creating the themes for our buildings, what's a new theme you would choose?
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Negotiation Details – Negotiation was unnecessary; they offered me $50,000 for an entry level position.

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Business Intelligence Developer Interview

Business Intelligence Developer

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Epic Systems Corporation.

Interview Details – Oct 2011-I was contacted by a recruiter through Monster.com. After a brief phone conversation, I was set up with a phone interview a few weeks later.
Nov-2011 After my phone interview, I was selected for an online skills assessment. I went into the university library and took the test from there. The test consisted of a series of basic logic questions, followed by a test with a fake programming language to see how quickly I picked up concepts. Finally was a section with questions that needed actual code. I used Java, but any language would do.
Dec. 2011 I was called for an onsite interview. I was flown out to Madison on the 20th, had my interview the 21st, and flew home the 22nd. The interview consisted with a conversation with a BI Developer, some technical type questions, and an interview with HR. I was told I would be contacted in two weeks. The 27th I was called with an offer.

I graduated in May of 2012 and started June of 12. I could have started in July.

Interview Question – The HR representative went through my listed references and asked what each of them would say is my best quality and my worst quality.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate, but the salary was more than I expected, so I did not push it.

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Intern
Verona, WI

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Epic Systems Corporation in November 2013.

Interview Details – Phone interview: in which they just seemed to want to get to know you a little bit better, and make sure you were a real person. Nothing too challenging, just a little bit of background and few basic technical questions.

Video test (ProctorU): which basically comprised of basic math/programming question. Nothing that should be challenging to anyone with a basic knowledge in either topic. The programming section essentially covered all the knowledge of a basic CS intro class (recursion, basic programming syntax, etc). Any language can be used.

On site interview: They covered transport costs and housing. They showed us the campus a little and had a basic personality interview. Nothing really challenging here.

Interview Question – It was pretty easy overall, not too many technically challenging questions. They just wanted to see if you knew basic programming skills.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Non-negotiable

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Project Manager/Implementation Consultant Interview

Project Manager/Implementation Consultant
Madison, WI

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Epic Systems Corporation in May 2010.

Interview Details – Entrance exam that featured math and english questions. Interviews weren't very technical and focused more on culture of the organization. There was a required presentation which tested your ability to speak and how you handled yourself under pressure.

Interview Question – Obscure math question regarding flowers / roses and how many were required.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I asked for a higher starting salary and they refused, even though I had a Masters degree.

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Corporate Trainer Interview

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Interview Details – I applied online and the application was very short and simply--basically just uploading your resume. A few days later I was asked for a phone interview. The interview was about a half hour long and he basically just asked me questions about my resume. Then I had to do a two hour test on the computer. After that, I was asked to come in for a day-long interview. They were very prompt in getting back to me always--always within about 4 days.

Interview Question – In the computer test, there was a section about programming that was very challenging because I have no programming experience. However, Epic says that they hire people who have no experience and this seems to be that case because I still got asked for the next round interview.   Answer Question

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Technical Services Interview

Technical Services
Verona, WI

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Epic Systems Corporation in April 2010.

Interview Details – Interesting interview process. They ask you intellectually stimulating questions to decipher whether or not you think like they do. I was initially declined a job offer, but then granted one 3 months later. I am not sure how their process works, so good luck.

Interview Question – Solving analytical story problems by hand. You also have to think quick, since a lot of questions are thrown your way in a limited amount of time.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation, take it or leave it.

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Software Developer Interview

Software Developer

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Epic Systems Corporation in November 2013.

Interview Details – 4 rounds:
They ask for a resume and SAT scores at career fairs.

Phone interview: sometimes very technical or tricky, sometimes very easy. It all depends on who you get. Some interviewers are prone to ask very tough logic puzzle type questions so be ready.

Testing at a 3rd party location or on site. Combination of math/logic/programming. There will be tough programming challenges so come ready to think.

On-site interview. See the company and the crazy campus and an interview with HR. My understanding is that if you make it this far they definitely want you.

Interview Question – 9 bottles of wine and one is poison, how can you conclusively figure out which is poison with only 2 rats to test with and only 2 rounds of testing?   View Answers (2)

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Project Manager/Implementation Consultant Interview

Project Manager/Implementation Consultant
Verona, WI

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Epic Systems Corporation in May 2012.

Interview Details – The interview process is disillusioning. They do not tell you the PM role, like all Epic roles, is highly technical. They will make you meet many people, which can be confusing because the same role can have multiple names/acronyms. Additionally, they did not explain to me what an "application" means - which would have been nice to know.

Interview Question – The interview process is strenuous, but good. Nothing too out of the ordinary.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None.

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Technical Services Interview

Technical Services
Madison, WI

The process took 3 months - interviewed at Epic Systems Corporation in February 2014.

Interview Details – They contacted me via email first, I emailed back saying I was interested. Had two phone interviews, then an online assessment test proctored by someone via webcam, this included a coding section which was extremely difficult for me considering I have no programming experience. I wrote pseudo code for the first of the four questions, and the rest I honestly left blank on a test which was supposed to take two hours. Somehow, I was called in to have an onsite interview later, this was about 2 months into the whole process.

Onsite Interview:
Do NOT wear a suit, you will look out of place in a bad way. I wore nice khakis and a collared shirt under a sweater but even then you could go more casual. I would suggest a tucked in, collared shirt and no tie and go from there.

Started with a presentation in a room of me, 3 epic employees, and 4 other candidates who were all interviewing for different positions. Myself and the other Technical Services candidate both met with an older TS employee and kind of had a dual interview with him, no hard questions he pretty much just told us about what the job entailed.

Then we got split up so I had to go do a case study with two younger TS employees, just answering basic questions about how to prioritize problems and deal with customers.

Then we got a very long tour around most of the facility, which is an extremely impressive place by the way, if a little unprofessional, but that seems to be the vibe they're going for to try to reel people in.

Then I took a verbal reasoning test on a computer, basically just seeing if you understand grammar messups like they're/their/there and then/than. Then a more of a puzzle test about solving word problems, can't remember an example but it wasn't that hard but you definitely have to think about the answer for a second.

Then they put us back in our original group of 4 and ate lunch with an employee, just chatting and being friendly. Finally I had a final interview with HR where he didn't really ask me much except for things like "how much are you willing to travel?" "what pay are you thinking?", that type of HR bookkeeping stuff.

Done.

Overall it seems like more of the day is spent trying to sell you on how great the company is and how cool and fun and hip the building is rather than getting to know you. It's understandable since the company is so large and they recruit so many candidates, but it kind of makes you wonder what the catch is. Apparently the catch is that they will scare you into overworking so much that you will be burnt out in 2 years of 55-65 hour work weeks, from what I hear. I could definitely see that being the case; 75% of the employees I saw were under the age of 26, which is fine but it shows a high turnover rate, and illustrates how they prey on new college grads and just use them until they find a less insane job.

Interview Question – The online coding test before hand was easily the hardest.   View Answer

Reason for Declining – I had a better offer I took that was more in line with my long term goals.

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Project Manager Interview

Project Manager
Verona, WI

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Epic Systems Corporation.

Interview Details – The reviews on here are all very accurate and helpful when entering Epic's hiring process. I initially applied online (very easy application- pretty much just upload your resume). After a few days, I was contacted to set up a 30min phone interview with a Project Manager. During the phone interview, we talked about my resume and experiences, the project manager position and what it entails, and then the remainder of the time was for any questions that I had. After the phone interview, I was contacted to do online assessments which took about 2 hours to complete via a Proctor website. Then I was contacted to come in to Epic for an in-person interview. Onsite I had 2 interviews (1 with a project manager and 1 with an HR Recruiter), a case study, and gave a short presentation on whatever topic I desired. In addition, we were given a demo of the software, a tour of the campus, and lunch. If you read these reviews, prepare for your presentation, and have a good attitude, the day will be fine! Everyone I met was very nice and friendly and I enjoyed the day (although it got pretty tiring by the end). Good luck!

Interview Question – Describe a time you had to be assertive.   Answer Question

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