Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed at OANDA in September 2013.Interview Details
Telephonic HR questions.
Technical on site interview one woman, one man and HR.
Yes HR sits through the technical intv. Wierd!
Basically the interviewers were technically incompetent, esp the woman.
There was a programming problem they asked me to do on the board.Interview Questions
Reasons for Declining
- wite a program to find derivative of a polynomial of the form ax^2+bx+c Answer Question
Low salary offered. The high salary their mods have posted here is fake.Declined OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
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I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at OANDA.Interview Details
I had previously interviewed for a contract position, and received an offer I declined in order to return to a previous employer. HR kept track of when I would be ready to interview again and got in touch. We arranged to have me come into the office for two one-hour interviews, back to back.
The first was with a recruiter, plus two engineers. We talked a fair amount about my background, and experience with key technologies, then moved onto technical questions. They started with a series of questions that were well outside my stated areas of strength, which was pretty humiliating and definitely got things started on the wrong foot. It's surprisingly hard to do well once you're off your game. They then moved on to a few questions that were more relevant to my experience and areas of interest, which was much more welcome.
The second interview was with two other engineers, both managers. They again started with my background, and we talked about what I'd been doing since I last interviewed with the company. They were very interested in understanding what motivated me to come in for another interview, and what I was looking for in an employer. When we moved to technical questions, they struggled to find appropriate questions that I hadn't answered before. I think I made a good impression. We ended the interview by talking about what it would take to get me on board with the company, and then did a short tour of the office space.
The next day, HR got in touch to let me know they would like to extend an offer, and to get ballpark salary information. I got the offer letter about two weeks later. I had received other offers in the meantime, and did ask for some changes to the package offer. My recruiter really went to bat for me, but although they were able to make some changes, I decided to accept a position elsewhere.Interview QuestionsReasons for Declining
OANDA is a small company that can't offer the same kinds of compensation that other larger organizations can. This doesn't simply mean monetary compensation, but also the reputational currency of having worked at world-class technology companies.Declined OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
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I interviewed through college or university. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at OANDA in May 2008.Interview Details
The first interview was over the phone - the recruiter simply listed off a few programming and networking questions which are designed to weed out those without any experience. The second interview was by a panel of three people + recruiter. The questions were mostly on programming, with a few trick questions. A lot of networking questions may be asked depending on the interviewer. A second interview was later assigned with two more senior members, which consisted mostly of explaining processes and generic questions.Interview QuestionsNegotiation DetailsThe recruiters will lowball your salary expectations, if you feel confident you may want to stick to your figures. From the experience of others, the company is not willing to accommodate demands for longer vacations. Options in the company and bonuses are not provided on paper.Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
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