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Epic Systems Corporation Technical Writer Interview Questions

Updated Nov 6, 2014
Updated Nov 6, 2014
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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    skills assessment test was straightforward but you need to answer questions fast, dont linger. About half of the questions were math based but seemed to not have a real answer. The point is to figure out how you answer the question and how long it takes you to get there. If you dont get it just guess.

    Interview Questions
    • Math related, something about basketball and number of wins and losses.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Epic Systems Corporation.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. After a couple weeks, I was invited to have a phone interview. The phone interview was very basic and relaxed. I was asked a few questions about why I was interested in the position, what I knew about Epic, etc., and I asked a few more detailed questions about the position.

    Within 24 hours of the phone interview, I also had to complete an online writing test and a personality test. Both were fairly easy. The writing test consisted of three short prompts and took a little over an hour.

    After a couple more weeks, I was invited to take a proctored online assessment. Basically, you take a series of tests with your webcam on while someone watches you. There was a math section similar to the SAT (word problems only though), a verbal section that seemed very similar to the LSAT, a programming section involving a madeup language, and a math speed test.

    A couple days after that, I was invited for an onsite interview. I was pretty impressed with this portion. Epic puts you in a nice hotel and pays for all of your food and travel. A word of advice: go to the (supposedly) optional dinner. The actual interview consists of a series of half hour meetings with various people from morning until mid-afternoon. It's fairly relaxed. Just think of plenty of questions to keep the conversation going when necessary. I also had another writing test at the end of the day.

    Received an offer about 2 weeks later.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me five things you are not.
      Where do you see yourself in five and ten years?
       
      Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Verona, WI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Verona, WI
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Epic Systems Corporation in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Step 1--I applied online through Epic's website. There was a short application to fill out and I also had to send my transcript, a resume, and a cover letter

    Step 2--I was contacted by email within a few days to set up a phone interview. They gave me several days/times to choose from. The phone interview was about 30 minutes and the woman I talked to was really helpful and easy to talk to because she was employed as a technical writer (the position I was applying for).

    Step 3--I had to complete a 3 part writing sample test. Part one was writing up an article based on information listed, part two was writing a press release, and part three was commenting on two cover letters. There was also a Personality Profile to complete (Rembrandt Personality Profile).

    Step 4--I had to schedule an "E-proctored" exam. It had 4 parts: a timed question part where I got 2 minutes to answer as many short questions as I could (they were math and logic questions). The other parts were English language skills, math skills and a part where I had to answer questions about a computer programming language. The "E-proctoring" part of the exam requires you to have a computer with a webcam and speakers.

    Step 5--Would have been a day-long in person interview and tour of the headquarters in Verona.

    Interview Questions
    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

      Also, the math and programming sections of the exam was difficult for me since I haven't done math recently and had no experience with programming or coding.
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at Epic Systems Corporation.

    Interview Details

    I applied to Epic in late July after being referred by an employee. After about two weeks, they emailed me to schedule for a phone interview - this took a little extra time due some miscommunication between me and the HR person. I was also given a 2-hour writing assessment. It wasn't especially difficult, but it was a little odd. Then I had the phone interview, which was very straightforward - it mostly consisted of the interviewer talking about Epic and answering any questions I had (which came with very long-winded answers), and asking me a few questions .

    About a week later, I was asked to schedule a time to take the skills assessment. I was also given a link to a personality test, which consisted of a few math questions, analogies, and a large number of regular personality test questions (many of the questions were repetitive, too). The skills assessment wasn't terrible, but it was quite stressful. The programming section doesn't have any actual programming - it just gauges your ability to learn programming (sort of).

    After nearly three weeks, I was sent an email telling me that they were moving on to other applicants, but that they would keep my information on file (which is what everyone says).

    Interview Questions
    • For the writing assessment, there were three prompts. For one of them, you were given a paragraph of information and told to write a press release. This was unexpected mostly because there had already been a prompt to write a fake news article and, to be honest, I really wasn't 100% sure about the formatting of press releases.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Epic Systems Corporation.

    Interview Details

    Online application didn't take very long, and the phone interview was low-stress. The interviewer was very friendly and informative; she was a technical writer and therefore able to provide specific details with regards to what the job entails. I was then required to take an online assessment, at which point your overall application is evaluated before Epic decides whether or not to extend an offer for an in-person interview at their campus.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Epic Systems Corporation in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was invited to a phone interview. The phone interview was pretty low-stress, mostly verifying info from your app and basic questions. Then I was invited to complete the online assessment which was longer and more involved than I had expected. I was just recently invited to an on-site interview.

    Interview Questions
    • The programming section in the online skills assessment are tricky.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Technical Writer & Quality Assurance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Madison, WI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Madison, WI
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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?
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiation was unnecessary; they offered me $50,000 for an entry level position.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Verona, WI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Verona, WI
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Epic Systems Corporation in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied to be a technical writer and I went through the whole phone interview process, skills assessment, etc. The skills assessment was pretty tough. I was contacted about a week after saying they were going to pursue other candidates, but they offered me a final in-person interview for a quality assurance position. Not exactly what I expected, but I suppose it is worth a try.

    Interview Questions
    • Programming skills questions were very difficult. The purpose is to see how quickly you can learn the skills, but it was very challenging, even for someone with average-above average intelligence.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Madison, WI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Madison, WI
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Epic Systems Corporation in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    After responding to a recruiter's email, I submitted my resume online and heard back within several days to schedule an interview. I was asked to take some online assessments (one logic-based that included verbal, mathematical reasoning, programming, and a timed math section, and one personality profile) before my phone interview. The phone interview was very brief, about 40 minutes, and was mostly an opportunity for me to learn about the company and the position and for the HR department to verify some basic information (e.g. my possible start date, my GPA, etc.). I was also asked a few questions like where I saw myself in 5 years.

    A few days after my phone interview, I received an invitation for an on-site interview in Madison, which was scheduled for a week and a half later. I initially applied for a QA position, but I was also asked to take an online writing assessment before traveling to the interview, which suggested I was also being considered for a writing position. My interview day consisted of several mini one-on-one information sessions about QA and writing, as well as a case study for each, lunch on Epic's campus, and another timed writing assessment. I heard back about a week later with a job offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Case studies emphasizing time management and prioritization   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate; they offered me the salary I asked for.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Epic Systems Corporation in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    They were thorough, moved quickly, asked a lot of interesting questions, and answered any and all questions that I had. This interview process was wonderful, although I am not yet finished with it, regardless of whether or not i get the job their hiring process is tremendous.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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