Interviewed at Perceptive Software
Interview Details – Without meeting, I was asked to take a programming assessment. The assessment was essentially to write a queue using linked lists in C++, Java or C#. I only interacted with an HR representative who provided me we pencil and paper... eventually someone realized it should be typed out - took about 35 minutes to write the whole thing in Notepad++ then left. Waited 2 weeks to get an email saying they would not proceed with me and that "this is in no way a reflection of your abilities but more a better career fit with other candidates".
Interview Question – Only the programming assessment, wasn't given the time of day for an interview or even phone interview. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Perceptive Software in June 2013.
Interview Details – On-site technical assessment.
Interview Question – Nothing difficult. create your own Queue class and document class. You have to use word pad an the clock on the laptop I used was 20 minutes fast. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Perceptive Software in April 2013.
Interview Details – Applied through an online job board. I was contacted by an HR representative via email asking about salary expectations. After that I was invited on campus for an interview. Interview was in two parts.
The first part was a practical skills test (Basic scripting stuff, use a scripting language to perform various operations on a string, attempt to debug a chunk of code that isn't working using excerpts from an error log). The first part took about an hour.
The second part was an in person interview with the Team Lead from the team you'd be working with as well as a couple of project managers. Lots of basic interview questions: Favorite class? Least favorite class? Favorite thing about software engineering? Have you ever been in [insert unfortunate situation here], and how did you deal with it? This also lasted about an hour.
Interview Question – I can't remember the specifics of the practical test, because it has been awhile, but I think it was something along the lines of: "Cut the sub-string 'Mr.' our of the string "Mr. Jones". Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Perceptive Software.
Interview Details – Fairly straightforward interview process, if a little drawn out. Found out about the job through a head hunter, followed by a phone screen with the HR Recruiter, then a short phone interview the hiring manager, and ending with an in-person interview with a number of internal stakeholders.
Questions were very straight forward and interviewers were all nice. The entire process took nearly 2 months. I was disappointed that I didn't receive an offer, and asked the HR person for some feedback, but didn't receive a response.
Interview Question – Nothing too tricky or difficult if you come prepared. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Perceptive Software in March 2013.
Interview Details – I applied for the job because I have a reference who already works for the company. The online application process is straight forward; in fact, it's one of the easier online applications I've used.
Called their HR department a week after my submission to follow up; the HR recruiter told me that she had actually been meaning to call me and was glad that I called her. We set up a phone interview screen for a time the next week.
She called me exactly at the time she said she would. Was a nice 45 minute conversation about my experience and why I wanted to work for Perceptive. We hit a snag in the conversation when I figured out that she had the wrong version of my resume (I applied for a different job in 2012 and used a different version of my resume), but the conversation was fine after that. She asked me to e-mail her my current resume, which was already in their system, so that she could send it to the hiring manager.
I got an e-mail about a week after the phone screen from a different recruiter to set up an in-person panel interview. The interview lasted for a little over an hour and I met the hiring manager, the team's assistant, two of the other contract managers, and the company's general counsel who joined us over the phone. There were no off the wall or "clever" questions that seem to be popular these days. All of the questions were very much in the vein of:
- Tell me two things you like and don't like about your current job.
- Tell me about the culture at your current company.
- What kind of contract experience do you have?
- What kinds of contracts do you work with?
- What do you do outside of work? What are your hobbies?
The only weird question they asked was "give us the answer a question that we didn't ask but you thought we would."
I had about 15 minutes worth of questions at the end of the interview.
On my way out the hiring manager told me that I would be contacted either way and that it would be in the next couple of days.
I waited a week and never heard back from anyone, so I sent an e-mail to my recruiter who never responded. Two weeks later the job was removed from the careers website and I still hadn't heard a peep from anyone at Perceptive. In fact, it wasn't until two and a half weeks after I interviewed that I got a rejection e-mail from my recruiter.
I thought Perceptive would be a little more prompt in its communications with interview candidates, especially candidates who were referred by a current employee. I never expected special treatment, but when the team is only interviewing 4 or 5 candidates, I expected better communication between the hiring manager, human resources, and myself.
Interview Question – Answer the question we didn't ask but you thought we would. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 7 weeks - interviewed at Perceptive Software in September 2012.
Interview Details – Was introduced to the job through a recruiter. Submitted resume and a written pre-screen, at which point I was invited in for a programming assessment.
Programming assessment consisted of coding (in a word processor) in C++, Java, or C# some basic object-oriented things (subclassing, virtual methods) and writing a linked list implementation.
I passed the programming assessment and was invited to an in-person interview. This consisted of two hour-long sessions with two interviewers each. The interviewers were software developers/architects. There were no "soft" questions (e.g. "What is your greatest weakness?") nor random puzzle questions. All the discussion was focused on tangible things that I could bring to the company, my attitudes, and also a review of the code that I wrote in the assessment. It was a very pleasant interview with obviously very talented people.
In the end, they deemed me a good candidate but still declined to give me an offer.
My only criticism of the process was that it took quite a long time. After the assessment, there was a three-week wait until the interview, and after the interview there was a three-week wait before a final decision. So the entire process was several months long, and comments from my recruiter led me to believe they were unnecessarily dragging their feet.
Interview Question – There weren't really any difficult questions, to be honest. Answer Question
I applied through other source - interviewed at Perceptive Software in May 2012.
Interview Details – Responded to posting in LinkedIN and received phone interview request about three days later. When phone interview was scheduled the HR rep was ten minutes late to the call. He indicated I was very well qualified for the position as well as some other open positions in the company. He did not know the salary range for the position and he asked that I call him back if I did not hear from him in two days, because things were hectic at Perceptive! Very immature HR organization to say the least! I had to call back twice with no result. Then had to follow up with email to his supervisor who indicated they were still interested in me as a candidate. Have not had any follow-up from the company in two months!
Interview Question – No difficult questions Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at Perceptive Software in June 2012.
Interview Details – 1 HR interview, 1 interview with the team, 1 interview with the manager, 1 interview with the VP.... took 2.5 months.
Interview Question – Most questions were not difficult... just a mutual understanding of my background and the position details. The unexpected questions came in the VP interview... got the impression it was more of a "personality" check than anything else. Answer Question
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Perceptive Software in July 2012.
Interview Details – Initially, I did a 40 minute phone interview with two people.
Some of the topics discussed:
How do you make a pure virtual function in C++.
Explain abstract classes, inheritance, polymorphism in Java. Why do we need it? What's the benefit?
Describe your favorite data structure.
Whats your favorite programming book?
What was the biggest problem you ever faced?
Got a call back and was flown out to Kansas for a technical skills test and more face-to-face interviews.
Had 90 minutes to solve a problem in any language. It's level of difficulty was at the level of a homework assignment in undergraduate course. After skills test, interviewed with two separate teams for an hour each. We went over my test and discussed typical behavioral questions and my background. Interview was very casual and free-flowing. Overall time it took was 3 hours 40 minutes that day.
Interview Question – Create a linked list queue with push / pop functions for a document class. Answer Question
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