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Updated Oct 16, 2014
Updated Oct 16, 2014
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sales Enablement Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Guidewire.

    Interview Details

    Fantastically choreographed and very thorough. Everyone was upbeat, straightforward and well prepared when they spoke with me. I had a variety of phone interviews, 1 serious day of face to face interviews and was required to present a case study to the team on how I would tackle their burning issues. I had numerous opportunities to ask questions in preparation for the presentation.

    Then, right before I was given an offer, they scheduled one more call with my hiring manager to make sure we were both on the same page and they hadn't over sold or undersold the opportunity. I was able to be very very candid about what type of management style and project mix would give them the most value from me, and they could be totally candid about shifts in the group's charter that might change what projects were available to me.

    The whole process was conducted with incredible integrity and transparency, which is, I found out, how people at Guidewire operate all the time. I kept expecting there to be some drama- some set back, some head count lost or title changed or salary switched. Never happened. Just a thorough, straightforward, well conducted process. Everything they said they would do, they did. No one ever disappeared or left me hanging or didn't get back to me. And I have discovered since starting that I am not alone in this experience.

    Interview Questions
    • It was a variation on "what would you do in the first 90 days of your job?" but it was framed like "what would you recommend we do to address this issue we're facing?".   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    It was very straightforward. I did not play games and they did not play games.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Consultant North America Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Guidewire.

    Interview Details

    The process is so fast, but multiple steps.

    1) Recruiter interview.: We just talk about experience (15 min)

    2) Technical interview.: Almost 2 hours of Java question: OOP concepts, tier architecture, ant, jms, sql, xml, Junit.

    3) Technical test.- 3 hours, for 4 exercises: SQL, JMS, XML, code errors detection

    4) Face to face interview.: 3 Individual interviews (manager, product specialist and director) nothing technical, just talk about experience, and how to resolve conflicts in the field.

    Two days after the face to face interviews, I got a call from recruiter, told me she was working in the offer.

    They are looking for people that really want to stay in the company for long time.

    I had experience in the GW products. I had been working with some GW employees. The interviewers have called every one that I know from GW and they have asked for my performance.

    Interview Questions
    • Give an example how would you use ¨volatile¨ in a singleton   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The head of recruiting was really friendly and replied promptly. They gave me a coding challenge for a "boggle game" in Java. I didn't know java, but I knew Python and tried my best. Then, I was given a video/phone interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Marketing Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Guidewire in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    This was the easiest interview process of my entire life. It didn't even feel like an interview. A friend passed along my resume to her boss and an hour later I had a 10 minute phone call with her boss where we basically just chit chatted and then at the end she asked how soon I could come in for an in person interview. We set something up for the next business day (which was after a holiday weekend). I had three 30 minute one on one interviews. The first interview I was asked to walk through my resume and she also asked me the traditional "greatest strength / weakness" question. The second interview we just talked about our lives and I had the feeling she wanted to just find out if our personalities were a fit. The third interviewer listed all of the things she needed help with and then asked if those things sounded like tasks I would enjoy. She also asked how my boss would feel if I quit. I didn't feel like any of the three interviews were really interviews. It felt more like they had decided that they had wanted to hire me already and the interview was just an item on their checklist to confirm what they had already decided.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't know if the interview process was so easy because my friend recommended me, because I was being interviewed for a contract position or because this is a more entry level type marketing position, but there were no surprises in my interview other than the fact that no difficult or unexpected questions were asked.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The negotiation phase was frustrating. They made an offer, I countered and then they came back and said that after checking with HR, they couldn't even offer what they had originally offered. I felt this was very unprofessional. Also, questions I had asked about benefits either took a very long time to answer or were not answered at all.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Software Engineer Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Guidewire.

    Interview Details

    The interview consisted of a few very easy programming questions. More concretely one of them was, given a string count the frequency of characters in a string. Two, given a file directory list all the files in the directory, including those that are in folders inside the directory. The rest of the interview was just talking.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Wanted other company

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Software Engineering Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in UC Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in UC Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Guidewire in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied through a career fair and had a first round interview on-campus. The first round consisted of simple questions involving knowledge of hash functions, graph traversals, and classic java syntax. These guys were so friendly, I was interviewed with two engineers at the same time. Both of them were very nice interesting people.

    Interview Questions
    • Given a root directory, return all the sub files of this root directory. Note, a file can be a directory with more sub files or a data file which has no sub files.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    I haven't declined yet, the offer is definitely much higher than the average intern position placed on glassdoor. Only reason I chose this option is because glassdoor doesn't have a "Received Offer, not sure yet".

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Sales Operatoins Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Guidewire.

    Interview Details

    Initially contacted by a recruiter. I had a "discussion" (phone interview) with her to begin with, then went into the office for my interview. I met with three people during the interview. The interview process was very straightforward.

    Negotiation Details
    The offer was extended via the recruiter. The recruiter explained everything to me very well. I was pleased with the offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Guidewire in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was an internal referral and was fast tracked. I spoke to 5 people, of whom there was one Platform Program Manager and others were Product Managers, including one Director.

    I was quite surprised that barring one of the guys, none... yes, none of them had actually read my resume in any sort of detail. That was pretty off putting.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you incorporate time zones into a system that didn't have it in the past?   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    Although my internal contact spoke highly of GuideWire, I was less than impressed with my interviewers. However, I was given to understand that they had both a major release heading out of the door as well as some conference.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Senior Implementation Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Guidewire in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    refered by friend, applied, contacted and set up phone interview 1 (passed), took 3 hour technical test (passed), trip to chicago for final interview (was 3 seperate 1 hour interviews) - passed. On the way home from chicago I got an email letting me know they were working on my offer. 3 days later I had my offer and accepted

    Interview Questions
    • I had background in there software, there for nothing was very difficult or surprising. In chicago I had to write some code for a recursive function to meet a specific need.,   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I gave them a range and they of coarse started at the lowest end even though I nailed the interview. Fortuently I made my lowest number the number I was really wanting and that anything more was a bonus in my mind. I did ask why they offered what they did in the range I provided and they were able to explain with decent logic. As well as the company stock helps you not worry about it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Corporate Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Guidewire.

    Interview Details

    I was referred in by a former co-worker, so my skills were already proven.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Fair offer
    Accepted Offer

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