Nintendo of America
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Nintendo of America Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2014
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Aerotek Shipping Associate Interview

Aerotek Shipping Associate
Kirkland, WA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Nintendo of America.

Interview Details – Submitted my resume, took a drug test and BAM I had a job. Interview wasn't an interview but rather an orientation. Mass hiring. Background check was also required. Nintendo, being a kid oriented company, doesn't want certain people working for them.

Interview Question – The hardest question by far was whether or not I was willing to wake up at like 4:30 AM to get to work every day M-F.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. They told me it was a full time position, benefits and $10.00/hour. I responded with "Awesome, I like money."

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Consumer Service Representative Interview

Consumer Service Representative
Redmond, WA

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Nintendo of America in October 2011.

Interview Details – I had an initial 1:1 interview, was given some info on tests I had to go home and pass like a typing speed test, and what to prepare for in my second interview. They wanted me to be able to get onto one of their computers and tell them what kind of protection they had on their computer like WPA or WEP. I also had a group interview at my second interview. There were 3 of us and 2 of us got hired. The other guy couldn't figure out the protection on the computer, and his typing speed was pretty slow. I was offered the job on the spot at their computers. you then have a week or two of paid training. If you want to dazzle them and stay try to get into their WIFI class.

Interview Question – Explain a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer and how did you resolve the situation?   View Answer

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Digital Business Interview

Digital Business

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Nintendo of America.

Interview Details – Interviewed with several people within organization and got a good perspective on the company and the role. Got an offer quickly after the interview

Interview Question – Why Nintendo if you're not a big gamer   Answer Question

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Coordinator Interview

Coordinator
Redwood City, CA

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Nintendo of America in January 2009.

Interview Details – Interviewed first by phone with HR. After the screening process I was brought in and met with an Assistant Manager in the department and I had to return a second day to interview as the hiring manager was not available. It took several weeks to meet with the hiring manager.

Interview Question – All questions were very straight forward, i.e. what do you look for in a manager, provide your past experiences in role interviewing for.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was not able to negotiate. I stated what my previous salary was however at no time was I told a range in the salary that they would offer. I received the salary that I provided from my former position.

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Administrative Interview

Administrative
Redmond, WA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Nintendo of America.

Interview Details – Slow at times but when they want you they want you. Don't be afraid of negotiating. You don't ask you don't get. Remember though, it's in Redmond, not LA or NY way of thinking.

Interview Question – You'll be fine, most don't know how to interview. If you get to the interview they already like you so speak intelligently and know they are looking for a personality fit foremost.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?

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Bilingual Localization Coordinator Interview

Bilingual Localization Coordinator
Redmond, WA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Nintendo of America in May 2011.

Interview Details – Was asked to describe my Japanese language qualifications, why I was leaving my job, how I would be a good fit in a Japanese working environment.

Interview Question – Why are you leaving your current position?   View Answer

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Engineering Interview

Engineering
Redmond, WA

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Nintendo of America in August 2008.

Interview Details – I began the application process through the company's website. They use Taleo as an applicant tracking system, so the interface is a bit clunky - but once you push through it, you won't have to re-enter your info. I heard back from their HR department (through e-mail) within a day. We set up a phone screen for later that same day. The recruiter was very nice, very easy to talk to. Nothing really out of the ordinary in the phone screen... pretty much the top 10 interview questions you'd find doing a Google search on the subject.

Next up was an in-person with the hiring manager. If I recall, it took just under a week to get that scheduled - or, rather, it was scheduled to occur within the week. This interview was conducted with my (soon-to-be) direct supervisor and dept. manager. It was relatively low pressure as engineering interviews go. The interviewers were very personable. It didn't feel like an inquisition the way that some employer's engineering interviews do. A lot of Q&A on basic engineering principles, win32 concepts, and some game theory. I was surprised that there was no whiteboarding, although I've since seen other interviewers use the whiteboard... Just got lucky, I guess.

Finally, they set up a series of cultural interviews. This is an organization that is fanatical about cultural fit. To clarify, they want to know about your personality, your fit with the Nintendo corporate image. The one thing that I regret is that I didn't use this phase to determine what effect having a Japanese parent company would have on the work culture. Not bad, just a bit of a shock. I would strongly advise asking about the cultural differences in this phase, if not earlier. Anyhow, in this phase I was asked to shoot the breeze with each of the department heads (those I hadn't spoken with), as well as the President and VP. They seemed to really just be looking at my perception of Nintendo product. The impression I got was that they aren't looking for, "geeks and Otaku," to abuse the quote, but you should still love the brand.

The offer came shortly thereafter.

Interview Questions

  • Describe what is meant (in C++) by "template specialization." Provide examples.   View Answer
  • What is "subclassing" in Win32?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – The first thing I would say is that the recruiters probably won't be able to give you specific details on what the company offers as total compensation goes. Most of them, maybe all, are contractors and not under Nintendo's benefits.

That said, the offer came in a bit low. The salaries here are a bit lower because they offer an individual performance bonus of up to 20% semi-annually. I negotiated up by a fair bit, since bonuses don't keep a roof over my head. Also, keep in mind that you'll lose 25% off the top on any bonus paid, thank you "Internal Robbery Service." And you still have to pay into FICA from what's left.

On a different note, they do offer some really good benefits. Their insurance options are top-notch. They offer matching 401k. Pension... Plus lots of perks.

For me, this is a really great company to work for. They really do take care of their employees. But don't be afraid to negotiate.

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Training Specialist Interview

Training Specialist

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Nintendo of America in February 2012.

Interview Details – I had a really great interview experience with Nintendo. The process went as follows:

1) Applied online via job posting

2) Approximately a week later I received a phone call from a recruiter at Nintento requesting a phone interview. It was scheduled for the next day.

3) Phone interview went well. It was just some basic questions about the job, my qualifications, etc. During the conversation I was informed that they were about two weeks out from the next step in the process so not to be expecting any news for at least two weeks.

4) Two and a half weeks later I received a call from the same recruiter asking me to come in for a set of interviews. I was scheduled for a series of interviews - two 1-on-1 interviews, a panel interview, and a fifteen-minute presentation. All were scheduled for a three hour block the following week.

5) I went in for the interview process. It was really laid back. It included a tour of the building and then each of the interviews back to back. Everyone was very nice, the interview questions were very straight forward. It felt like more of a conversation than an interview. I was told that there were some other candidates they were considering so it might be awhile before I heard something.

6) Two and a half weeks later I received a call from a new recruiter telling me they wanted me for one more set of interviews.

7) When I got a hold of the recruiter the next day he told me they had decided to forgo the final set of interviews and that he would call me later that day with a final decision.

8) Received a call that afternoon with a job offer.

The entire process too just over a month to complete. My only advice would be to be patient. Nintendo works at their own pace so things may take time. I have also heard that they don't always call back after interviews so it's easy to lose hope if you don't hear something for awhile. It doesn't necessarily mean that you aren't being considered. Sometimes they are just slow.

Interview Question – How would you deal with each of these particular types of individuals in a training setting (a number of different types were provided)?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Unfortunately, I wasn't really in need of negotiation so I can't comment much on this. I was happy with the salary they offered and the benefits package was great so I just went for it.

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