HomeAway Interview Questions

Updated Jun 26, 2015
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  1.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at HomeAway.

    Interview

    The process took about half an hour. Questions about giving presentations since the position needs skills about presentations. Also ask questions about how to deal with problems, technology skills. The guy is nice and also told me how she is feeling about me. She said I was good but I did not hear from her any more.

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    HomeAway Response

    Jun 8, 2015Talent Brand Manager & University Recruiter

    Hi,
    Thank you for talking with me, and for taking the time to leave some feedback.
    I'm so sorry you didn't hear from me. I researched all the candidates from this role, and I thought I had
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    Customer Support Representative Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at HomeAway (Austin, TX) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I was interviewed via phone, and it seemed like the recruiter was in a rush to hear what I had to say, and sometimes didn't let me finish my sentence. He spoke very fast and did not clarify what exactly he was asking in terms of specifics that pertain to working the position there; it seemed as if I had to know how to handle IT issues there without experiencing the system first. I did ask him to repeat and clarify his questions a few times. I also was asked about pay, and I did say that I wanted to stay in the same pay range as my previous position ($16/hr), but they start off at $14/hr with a sign-on bonus (i believe, again he spoke very fast), and after a year of employment I would be offered a raise. Additionally, during the application process there is a section where you clarify what schedule you're flexible with, and the recruiter told me that I could either pick an overnight shift or an afternoon/evening shift. Now this isn't a big deal for me since I am single and have no kids, but if there is specific times wanted of employees then it should be included in the job description.

    Interview Questions

    • Show examples of how you as an individual employee went above and beyond to implement a change in your workplace environment?   1 Answer
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    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at HomeAway.

    Interview

    I'm pretty disgusted with the whole process... First I was emailed a list of questions from the Recruiter that the hiring manager wanted answered. The questions were generic for the most part and was expecting them to be more specific in order to measure my competencies for the position. Regardless, I put a lot of thought and time in answering the questions and sent them back for review. They were forwarded on to the hiring manger (by the recruiter) and heard nothing for weeks.

    Then weeks later, the Recruiter reached out again and wanted to have a brief chat. I chased for almost two weeks in trying to get a call setup. The communication was horrible...I was asked for dates and time, gave whole days of availability within my schedule, and was told none of those times worked. I finally just asked for the recruiter's availability. I figured this person was busy and I will adjust my schedule accordingly to get this call booked. But, I would then get a date and time, said I was availability, and try to confirm it only to not get a response in time. When the response came, another time was offered up. I again said I was good with the new time and then again told the time no longer worked. The topping was when the date and time was actually confirmed (after several iterations) the recruiter never called! Hours later, that same day, the recruiter sent an email and asked if we could do it later in the day...to be exact, 25 minutes from the time the email was sent! I was so disgusted by this point that I almost pulled my application as I felt this was very unprofessional, but I figured I had gone this far I might as well see it through. So, I emailed back and confirmed the time...I didn't get a response back but I was called...roughly 10 minutes after the scheduled time but at least we finally connected.

    After all of that, the kicker for me was when the recruiter started asking some off the cuff questions. What does variance analysis mean to you? If you were trapped in an elevator and had 30 seconds to tell somebody about your current job, what would you say? Are you kidding me??? The variance analysis question was the same I answered in the initial email. Why was I being asked it again? Did no one read my email??? Furthermore, how could you make a determination about anyone asking them to explain their current job in 30 seconds!?!? I felt like I was being jerked around, and as a current working professional for a multinational company, I was tempted to say I can't explain 15 years of experience in 30 seconds! It reminded me of dating...where you meet someone for the first time, get asked some generic questions, and immediately the other person forms an opinion of you before they even know who you are! I think the recruiter and hiring manager forget this is a two way street! I didn't need this job...I already had a good one, but I wanted to explore options with Homeaway as I read good things about the company.

    After all of that, that evening the recruiter sent me an email and said the hiring manager decided not to bring me in for a 1 to 1 and other candidates were a better fit. I was almost relieved at this point after the experience I had. I don't need to work for someone that makes a valuation of someone with 15 years of experience (doing the type of work the role required) by asking the generic odd ball questions I was asked. I didn't understand this process at all...maybe that was the point and why I didn't get called in for a 1-1? If that is the case, they deserve what they get...if that is not the case, then they are letting talent go without doing the proper due diligence of vetting them correctly. Either way, good job Homeaway!

    Interview Questions

    • If you were trapped in an elevator and had 30 seconds to tell somebody about your current job, what would you say?   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at HomeAway in May 2015.

    Interview

    I posted my resume and next day had email from recruiter. I was able to schedule a phone interview within days. Phone call lasted 45 mins with no unusual questions asked. The recruiter was friendly.

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  6. Helpful (2)  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at HomeAway in April 2015.

    Interview

    Interview process took 2 weeks .It was fast paced as I had other offers . Recruiter was extremely professional and helpful. Interview process had One take home test and onsite. Onsite Interview had four rounds. Three rounds among the four went pretty okay and each person I met was very professional. But one round among the four was really weird . The Interviewer was very rude in his questions , also used inappropriate words for a professional interview . Technical questions were okay but the behavioral questions interviewer asked were rude, used inappropriate words and had a very negative attitude. It was very surprising to me as I have never faced such an interviewer! I did not receive an offer but I am thankful that I did not. I feel sad that one person ruined the whole interview process for me at homeaway

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    Onboarding Training Content Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at HomeAway (Austin, TX) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I originally applied to this position 5 months before the recruiter contacted me. I had a great conversation with the recruiter and sent her some work samples. She immediately set me up for an on site interview with the hiring manager. The hiring manager asked many great questions that were relevant to the job description and there was a good connection. I left work samples with her. The second interview was with another person on the team. Her main concern about me was whether I was willing to do skits or sing songs for various events. I was a little disappointed that it was only that. She also asked me how old my kids were which is not legal. However I did get a call back within 3 hours to set up the final interview with the department senior manager. She spent the interciew telling me how great her team was and all the things she did to create a positive culture. It was also stated many times how many internal applicants there were for this position. I began to wonder if I was just a token outsider being interviewed. The upper manager already seemed to have her mind made up before our interview started. She wanted to know how I got this interview. Who did I know? I was offended because I got the interciew from my experience and education. There was an arrogance about her that put me off. I never heard a word from the recruiter again even after two very honest followups.

    Interview Questions

    • Where do you fit in within an office culture?   Answer Question
    • Who do you know that you were able to get this interview?   Answer Question
    • Are you going to fit in and sing songs and do skits?   Answer Question
    • the only appropriate questions came from the hiring manager and she was th e newest member of HomeAway.   Answer Question
  8.  

    Senior Java Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at HomeAway (Austin, TX) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online, after 3 weeks, I got call from Recruiter. He did tech screening with me to make sure I am the right fit for this position. After One week, I was scheduled for Phone Screen with Hiring manager. I answered every questions correctly and I did follow up with him to make sure I answered every questions correctly. At the end of the interview, he did say that all my answers are correct. Interview lasted long for 1 hour. Next day, I was email from recruiter that I am not perfect fit for this position. Actually I was being told by many friends and people from Austin Java user group that they are very picky in selecting candidates. I already got 3 job offers in hands prior to taking interview with HomeAway. It was definitely very difficult interview, but again I followed up with interviewer to correct me if my answer is wrong. he said all my answer were correct. I see many people getting rejected on glassdoor as well. Good Luck Fellas!!!

    Interview Questions

    • Very tough questions and they asked mostly advanced java algorithm questions.   Answer Question
  9.  

    Content Writer and Editor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at HomeAway (Austin, TX) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied for the job about a month or so before I ever heard from the recruiter. The recruiter, Vanessa, was very likable and professional. Just a lovely person. She asked me all the pertinent questions and seemed keen. She wrote to tell me soon after that I passed the first test and that the person who would be my boss wanted to have a 45-minute phone interview with me. Phone interview went very well. Was asked about my experience as a writer and editor, why I wanted to leave the freelance world, why Homeaway, etc. Got an email an hour after the interview concluded to say they loved me and that they had interviewed a lot of people but I was "special." They asked me to complete a writing and editing test. I did so and sent it along.

    Was asked to fly to Austin to have a final interview with five people, including the CEO.

    I had the five-hour interview. The first was with the woman would would have been my boss. She asked some good questions but then started asking me about analytics. I never saw analytics in the job description nor did anyone ask me about that skill before. I fumbled for an answer and knew I was rambling because I only know the basics. I could see her eyes crossing. She never asked me about my writing or editing assignment. Just asked me howI think I did. Her questions rambled and were not coherent. Many of them had nothing to do with the job. The other four people asked me pertinent questions and seemed to like me.

    They never called me or emailed me afterward to say I didn't got the job. I even sent a handwritten thank you card to the woman who would have been my boss. You would think she would have given me the courtesy of a reply? VERY UNPROFESSIONAL!

    I hounded the HR person, Vanessa, and she did finally respond to say I didn't get the job because I had no analytics experience. She seemed very apologetic.

    Ok, that's fine but PLEASE put that in your skills section on your job posting so you people applying know. And it was a writer/editor position. Anyone can learn analytics.

    Funny thing, they told me they had been looking for months for someone and had flown one or two other peeps down from the big city (NYC) to Austin for final interviews. I bet those people stumbled on the analytics questions, too. This interview was in March, they reposted it right away and AGAIN, this week, they have the job posting up on their site. I guess you can't find any analytics editors with more than 10 years experience, huh?

    Oh and another thing: The hotel they had me stay at was abysmal and asked me to pay for my room when I arrived. When I said it was prepaid, they said that wasn't so. The dumb front desk person or the HR assistant screwed up and I had to fork over my card and I was charged TWICE for my hotel room. Needless to say, it took me more than a month to get reimbursed. Very unprofessional.

    Interview Questions

    • blah blah blah tell me about analytics? how would you read and analyze this data? and a bunch of other questions on and on about analytics.   Answer Question
  10.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at HomeAway.

    Interview

    I applied in a career fair, then get an interview next day,. It is a on-campus interview, but I didn't do it well. There is no phone interview or other interview. Then after some basic questions of OOP concept, the algorithm question is about 3sum. I did not get further interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Difference between class and object. What's the feature of a Set? 3Sum.   Answer Question
  11.  

    Global Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at HomeAway (Austin, TX) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Contacted the recruiter through LinkedIn, got the initial phone screen with the recruiter. After the phone interview, he sent me few questions to reply in written by the end of the day. I drafted detail replies to the questions and sent it just before the midnight. I got an email at 8 am with a standard verbiage "thank you for applying..". I just couldn't understand how could they review all my answers that quick. If they already had someone in mind then they shouldn't have wasted my time in drafting a written response to their questions.

    It was a worst interviewing experience I had since they didn't even have the courtesy to acknowledge a detailed response to their questions. Thank you Homeaway for wasting my time and being inconsiderate.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. Describe a really hard problem you had at work and how you went about
      solving it?

      2. Any experience working with executives. If so, what was the project &
      impact?

      3. Give me an example of where you provided new business growth ideas.
      What were the ideas & the impact?
       
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