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QA Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and interviewed at Expedia.
Interview Details – I had an initial phone screening by HR, followed by a phone interview with one manager and then was asked to interview in person. The in-person interview was 4-5 successive 1-hour interviews. This covered both technical questions, test concepts and inter-personal questions. There was a period of 5-10 minutes between interviews when I believe interviewers conferred to determine whether the candidate would continue in the interview process. I felt the interview was professional and my performance met expectations.
Interview Question – In the first interview, the application architecture was explained and diagrammed on a whiteboard. That was all that was said regarding it during that interview; the diagram was erased at the end of that interview. The next interviewer came in and asked me to diagram the application architecture. I was able to recall approximately 90%. I felt this demonstrated whether the candidate listens, learns quickly and is able to comprehend the level of complexity of Expedia's test environments. View Answer
Hotel Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Expedia in December 2013.
Interview Details – Overall, it was a positive experience and I was surprised at how quickly they responded. I submitted my application online on a Monday and got an email from the recruiter on Wednesday. After that, she called to tell me a little more about the position. Then she arranged a 30-minute phone interview with the hiring manager, who explained the position further and asked me a few qualifying questions.
The week after, I got a follow up call from the recruiter once more to tell me I made it to the next round, so we scheduled a face-to-face marathon interview for the following week. I went into the office and spoke to five people over four hours. Each interviewer had a specific focus, like "Can you do the job? Can you sell? Will you fit in?" etc.
The following week, the recruiter followed up with me and I had passed through to the third round, which was a phone interview with the Vice President. This was the most difficult part of the interview for me, it lasted approximately 30 minutes and his focus seemed to be "Are you a risk?"
Follow up after was not so efficient since it was the holidays by now. After emailing the recruiter after a two-week break, I discovered that they selected another candidate.
Interview Question – Where do you see the company taking you? What kind of role are you developing into? It's a tough product to sell, can you do it? Answer Question
Senior Product Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Expedia in November 2013.
Interview Details – Specific role: Sr. PM of Social. The interview consisted of: 1 Phone Screener with Hiring Director, 2 On-site Interviews with SF Office (Eng Lead and Program Management), 2 Phone Interviews with Social Media manager and Analytics, 1 Phone Interview with Global VP PM. Early-on the process was expedited; however, several interview participants were late to the calls (including the Social Media Manager that was 20 minutes late and jumped on to the call while driving into work thus ending the call 15 minutes early due to reception issues). The Interview process was not structured at all - most questions were around what my experiences were and what I thought social meant for the Travel industry (Expedia does not seem to know either and believes 3rd party reviews is the best social signal to mine). The culture believes in failing fast yet their release cycles indicate otherwise. Leadership-wise you will not find any MBA/Google/Facebook pedigree within the Product team which speaks to how quickly their share erodes to the competitors. The best candidate will not come in with ground-breaking feature ideas but simply know how to execute given top-down strategy. The role seems more of Project Management than Product Management. The HR Recruiter also failed to respond to any request for progress (she took 14+ days to respond to request for an update). On another request for an update, she took 7 days to reply and blamed Sr Mgmt for the lack of response when likely they were interviewing other candidates. The slow process likely reflects how it is like to work within a non-agile environment there.
Interview Question – Define the roadmap for social in Expedia's travel offerings. How would you execute such a roadmap with limited time constraints. View Answer
Senior Accountant Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Expedia in June 2013.
Interview Details – I applied for Sr Accountant position and after two months of interviewing (phone interview with HR, phone interview with Hiring Manager, in person interview with Hiring Manager, two "informal" in person interviews with Hiring Manager) I was not offered the job.
The interview process was not handled very well and felt very repetitive with poor communication between HR and the Hiring Manager. The Hiring Manager even forgot to show up at one of the in person interviews and I had to reschedule it since HR was unable to get a hold of this person. Eventually HR asked me to provide my references, which usually indicates a job offer, but instead HR asked me to interview for two other Accounting positions which I did (add two more in person interviews to the above list).
HR eventually followed up to say that "the initial feedback from your visit was very positive and you are still a top candidate for the role", however I never heard back from Expedia HR again.
Interview Question – No difficult questions asked. Answer Question
Software Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Expedia.
Interview Details – Applied through college career fair.
1. one simple question immediately in career fair. (How can you find the common element of two linked list?)
2. Then I got a contact by recruiter within a week and scheduled phone interview.
- short questions for my resume
- simple coding question (sorry forgot. )
- what is generic and its advantage
They wanted to checking if there is any hiring in Data Warehousing team since I have strong machine learning background. But it turns out there is no opporrunity in data teams, so they scheduled one more interview for developer position.
3. one more phone interview.
- challenging project
- Given input list A and B, return non-common items from each list
follow up: design test cases
Interview Question – Overall, coding problems were easy. Answer Question
Senior Program Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Expedia.
Interview Details – After a phone screening and a phone interview by team members, I took a day off from my current work to be interviewed at Expedia's HQ in Bellevue (5 hr long interview). One of the upper level managers came into the interview 20 minutes late for his 30 minutes allocated time. Looked something bad happened and asked me a hard copy of my resume. I am sorry, but I am a digital person and I don't print anything out. I apologized I did not print out my resume. He told me that I am not suitable for the role because I was not well prepared for the interview. And he left the room. He probably had a terrible day that day, but the way he treated me was unprofessional. Never expected to experience something like this at an online company. Nice recruiters who respect candidates though. I wasted my vacation day for this interview and I felt sorry for myself. Wasted vacation time = can't book a vacation at expedia!
Interview Question – Difficult and stressed out people who get mad at the fact they have to spend time to interview candidates. Answer Question
Front- End Developer Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Expedia
Associate Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Expedia in October 2013.
Interview Details – Phone Interview- 1st with recruiter and 2nd with area manager.
General Questions with recruiter.
More in depth with area manager.
Interview Question – Role Play- If you already had this position how would you sell (show negotiation skills) Expedia to a property? How would you sell to a property during a high demand/special event in town? Answer Question
Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Expedia in October 2013.
Interview Details – I applied the position online, and about 2 weeks ago, a recruiter contacted me and we talked about my background, my experience and so on. Then they set up a phone interview. The recruiter contacted me a week later saying they already found a right candidate.
Interview Question – Low level system design, stack, heap Answer Question
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