Netflix Director Interview Questions

Updated Jul 6, 2015
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Netflix (San Francisco, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I was approached via an executive recruitment agency for the role. As part of the procedure around 8 interviews were held, including global CFO and CLO. these interviews were partly via web call, partly in person. During the interviews I had a very positive experience. Interviewers could detail out the role and the expectations, Netflix culture and values. The 'aftercare' was unprofessional. After the final interview there was silence, a long silence. After several emails and calls still silence. Finally I had to learn via the recruitment agency that the silence meant they would not move further with the position. Up to today still no feedback from the Netflix team about why they did not want to move on, the position is still open. To my view you should always tell candidates about the decision positive or negative, either via a short email, or even better in a short phone call.

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    • There were no unusual questions, nor in depth topic related questions. The role was a senior director function, and was more a relation building discussion.   1 Answer
  2.  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Netflix.

    Interview

    I was initially contacted via Linked In about this position. The person who initially contacted me left the organization and I didn't hear back from my initial response for several weeks. An initial call was scheduled and conducted by someone not even in the same group. The recruiter was unable to answer my questions about the position. The interview process was outlined to me which included hearing back from the recruiter within a few days. It has been more than two weeks and I haven't heard anything - not even a 'no thank you' email/notification.

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  3. Helpful (2)  

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Netflix.

    Interview

    I was contacted via my LinkedIn account - the hiring manager and I had a common friend of mine. After I accepted the invitation to chat we had a long phone call. About two weeks later I went for a whole day of interviews and spoke with six people. On the following week had another two interviews with the higher management. At that point the hiring manager mentioned there was some reorg going and they'll have to hold the process for some time. Overall the whole process was fair and everyone was friendly throughout all interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Design thread syncrhonization function to access common resources.   Answer Question
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  5. Helpful (3)  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Netflix in December 2013.

    Interview

    I was contacted by Netflix asking if I was interested in a position with the company. After emailing back, the recruiter sent me a description for the Director of Product Innovation in Los Gatos, California. She also sent me a very long slideshow about the company's work philosophy. I had one phone interview with the young recruiter who was fresh out of college, and it seemed to go well. She said she'd let me know in a week if they wanted to schedule a second interview. It was right before the winter holiday break, so I assumed it would take longer. Well, I followed up with her in early January and never heard anything back. I've interviewed at companies in person and over the phone for 12 years, and this was the first time ANY company ever failed to respond after the initial interview. I was really surprised at the level of disrespect shown by such a highly regarded company as Netflix. Some advice for Netflix: 1. Offer candidates another chance for a first impression besides a five minute phone call with a 20-year old who has no work or life experience. 2. Practice professional courtesy by confirming with a candidate whether they are entitled to a second interview - after saying you would. Don't contact them out of the blue then completely blow them off. 3. Shred every copy of your work philosophy slideshow. It's one of the creepiest documents I've ever read and frankly I was much less interested in working at Netflix after reading it. It tries so hard to show how un-corporate the culture is that it ends up coming off completely conceited and self-aggrandizing - like something out of Egger's novel, The Circle.

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    • Overall, the recruiter's questions were fairly innocuous.   Answer Question
  6. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer

    Interview

    Was approached by an HR Assistant that found my resume on LinkedIn. This was followed up a phone interview with a recruiter and then an in-person interview with the hiring manager. He was nice and professional but didn't seem to have clear questions or a vision of what he was looking for. Seemed more of a "i'll know it when I see it" type.

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    Director, HRIS Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA).

    Interview

    Unsolicited recruiter contacted me and connected me for a 2nd call with HRBP. HRBP was knowledgeable about Netflix & passionate about being an employee of Netflix. She asked many questions about how I could execute in role w/o process, spent most time on culture of anti process, which started to get redundant. I asked questions about role she couldnt answer with certainy about scope, priorities. She kept coming back to 'anti process'. I think disconnect was that she was mostly interested in in culture, but as a candidate, my primary interest was understanding the role so I could decide how it was similar or different from what I was already doing (which I was happy with), culture was secondary (as a passive candidate). I advised I was not interested in pursuing further when requested to come in for face to face.

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    • Asked me how I would be successful with out process, but couldnt provide related info on the job itself for consideration and response. Interview exchange felt very disconnected.   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (2)  

    Director of Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in April 2012.

    Interview

    Very well managed by Netflix HR. Good coordination on planning my flight and they put me up in a beautiful hotel. On Interview day, I spoke with four people. Everyone was friendly and they kept to the schedule. Questions were around strategy, past technical work and management experience. The HR person I talked with did a great job presenting the Netflix business, it's strategy for success, and culture. Overall, I was very impressed with everyone I spoke with and their level of professionalism.

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    Director of Global Payment Technology Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in September 2011.

    Interview

    My interview experience with Netflix was a strange experience. My initial communication with the Netflix recruiter was great, she was very nice and efficient setting up a phone conversation with the hiring manager, everything was scheduled down to the minute. After the phone conversation I was invited to fly down to Los Gatos to meet with the hiring manager in person along with several peers of this position I was interviewing for. I did a lot of research on Glassdoor.com and spoke to several people about what Netflix's culture. I was very concerned about it what I read and heard from the people I spoke with. The accommodations that Netflix put me in was a very nice 4 star hotel, the Hotel Los Gatos is a place I would stay at again. They coordinated the flight and provided reimbursement for everything (taxi rides, food etc) everything was scheduled with the interview panel and clearly communicated to me in writing well before the interviews began. Everyone that I met with was nice and professional with the exception of the Director of Talent Acquisition she was very condescending. She asked me questions about Netflix's competition, of course I answered with Google, Amazon, Apple etc. She then proceeded to tell my why I was wrong and was not very nice about it. The rest of the interview went on much like any other interview I have been through, the one thing that stood out for me was that everyone was very up front about the culture. If you do not have what it takes you will not last very long at Netflix they make no bones about it. Many questions focused on my experience with firing non-performers and how well I could recruit new talent. It sounds very much like a meat grinder working environment that I wanted no part of. Leaving the interview I had no intention of accepting any offer that was made no matter how well it paid. I could tell that it would take a certain kind of soulless robot to work at Netflix. They were more concerned with my philosophy on canning people than on global payment technology.

    Interview Questions

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    Director of Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in May 2011.

    Interview

    The recruiting staff was very professional and they moved quickly through the interview process. Phone screens were through and professional. I was flown in for an on site interview and they took care of all travel arrangements and accommodations. I interviewed with six people on site. Everyone was prompt, professional, and friendly. I could tell that everyone enjoyed working there and was excited about their jobs.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe the architecture of a system you have worked on   Answer Question
  11. Helpful (2)  

    Director of Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    Initial phone screen by HR, followed by phone screen by hiring manager and then an in-person interview, The phone screens were pretty generic and just went into your background and experience. In-person interview with engineers was great. But HR lady was a snob with a "holier than thou" attitude. Seemed to convey the impression that people were treated like work machines. If you do not perform, you are out the door the next day. While I had no issues with that, she herself did not seem smart enough to adopt that attitude.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you ensure that your group keep performing at a high level?   1 Answer
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