QuinStreet Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 18, 2014
Updated Aug 18, 2014
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  1.  

    Media Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Foster City, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at QuinStreet.

    Interview Details

    Was interviewed for an internship and relevant experience was a minimum qualification. They asked questions about prior work environment and depth of knowledge in digital marketing. Definitely not as interrogative as higher-level positions.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Foster City, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at QuinStreet in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Pre-screen, excel excercises, etc

    Interview Questions
    • It was mostly digging into your work habits, ticks and all that   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Easy!
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Foster City, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at QuinStreet in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by the recruiter via LinkedIn, had a first call with recruiter, then a call with the hiring manager who gave me a short homework to see how I think through product issues, then was asked to come for 4 on-site interviews and finally got the offer about a week after the in person interviews. Very fast and smooth process, interviews were very conversational and to the point about what value I can add to the role.

    Interview Questions
    • On the spot quantitative analysis case, nothing difficult, just think on your feet and show how you think   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiated reasonably, which was well accepted and got a fast and satisfactory response on my asks
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Java Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Foster City, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at QuinStreet in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    Very unprofessional. The job I applied for was that of a Sr. Java Developer. But when I received the offer, the title stated Java developer. When asked, the HR told said that Java developer was just a title and internally my role would be a manager (which was again weird). My overall experience was very unprofessional. Since I was located outside California, I had 4 rounds of phone interviews (mainly Java servlets, threading, css, ajax, observer pattern problem). The HR would notify me about my phone interview on the day of the interview. He would call me in the morning and ask me if I could interview that day. After the 4th round of phone interview, I thought they would sponsor my flight and ask me to come and meet the team. Instead, the HR called me and said when do I plan to come to California for an onsite. Since I already had plans to fly for another interview, I scheduled this one as well.
    I had another 4 rounds of onsite interview:-
    1st interview - Was a problem around factory pattern.How would you solve it and what is an alternative (use spring injection)

    2nd interview - Take any project of your choice and if asked to develop within 2 weeks how would you go about it. Start from gathering reqs and use the entire white board.

    A programmer wrote a class MySet extends List. Another programmer used it thinking it's a set. How would you modify MySet.
    Now a third programmer used it as a list. How would you support both list and set features and which one would you set as default.

    -My answer was use list as default. Set the type in the constructor.

    3rd interview - Design a database to support customers bidding for pay per clicks ad position.

    4th - there are 2 big files containing names. Give me a list of all names from file 1 not in file 2 in the most optimized way.
    How does google analytics work. Problems of cross site scripting and what's an alternative.

    After the 4 rounds, I got a call from the HR saying another guy needs to talk to me and it's not an interview. I told him it's fine and to let me know via email as to when to expect the call. He said he would let me know, but I instead just ended up getting a call without notification at 9:30 pm at night. I spoke to this guy who basically just wanted to introduce himself. Next day after I got the offer and the HR told me that I just have 1 day to accept it. I sent an email the next day rejecting the offer since the title was not what I had applied and interviewed for.
    I never heard back from anyone and neither was there any kind of apology.

    Interview Questions
    • Take any project of your choice and if asked to develop within 2 weeks how would you go about it. Use the entire white board.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Title applied was of Sr Java developer and offer given was that of a Java developer.
    Also, the overall experience was very unprofessional.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Web Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Foster City, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at QuinStreet.

    Interview Details

    A telephonic round (20-30 mins) followed by onsite (2-3 hours). Both the rounds covered some of the basic fundamentals of web technologies. Its easy to crack.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    They dont negotiate easily.
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Business Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Foster City, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at QuinStreet in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Employee referral, submitted resume to their corporate recruiting email. Heard back after a month or so and was called in for on-site interviews. 4 interviews, 30 minutes each, with current employees at manager level. 1 case, 3 behavioral. Case was primarily focused on online marketing. Interviews were more like conversations as fit is a priority at QuinStreet. Loved how professional and considerate the interviewers were and decided to accept.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time you had a conflict with a co-worker. How did you resolve that conflict and what were the results?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Vertical Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Foster City, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 3 days - interviewed at QuinStreet in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    Relatively laid back interviewers, with an emphasis on testing my desire/ability to get my hands "dirty" and role up my sleeves as an operator.

    Interview Questions
    • If you were to get an offer and take this job, what would you do in the first 100 days?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Customer Serviced Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a staffing agency. The process took 5 days - interviewed at QuinStreet in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    I was hired through a staffing agency. I had one interview with the staffing agency. I had 3 phone interviews and 1 1:1 interview. The interview was planned very quickly. I received a call from the staffing agency about an interview later that afternoon and was asked if I could be there-this process felt a little rushed. I had three phone interviews where they described the different work that I would be doing.

    The 1:1 interview when I visited this office I could tell immediately it was very laid back office-my interviewer was in jeans and a college football team tshirt and that it was still growing.

    Negotiation Details
    Ask a lot of questions about the work that you will be doing. I asked questions but not enough. Through a misrepresentation Or misinterpretation this job turned out to be in a field outside of what it appeared to be during the application and interview process.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Lead Java Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Foster City, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 1+ week - interviewed at QuinStreet in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    First phone interview with a gentleman (an Architect) went very well related to advanced Java.

    The second phone interview was a nasty one with a lady with an accent (Russian like may be). She literally started a fight with me on some technologies like Hibernate. I said I did not use it in our project due to X reason. She started shouting at me that "You must use Hibernate no matter what!!" Am not kidding. Same with other frameworks which she started imposing on me saying I must have used them instead of what I used in our previous projects.

     There are just so many below par and sloppy Java programmers out there in the field who doesn't even know the basic fundamentals of Java. They just use some fancy Java based frameworks and think that they know every thing about Java.

     I in turn asked this lady about basic Concurrency question- what is the purpose of Synchronized keyword in Java. Guess what.. she didn't have any clue on Java concurrency basics like Memory visibility and Critical section.

    Interview Questions
    • Write an SQL query to find the 3rd max salary in the employee table   Answer Question
    • I asked this lady who was shouting at me on the Hibernate stuff, what is the purpose of Synchronized in Java. She did not know the answer.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Because of this unpleasant lady, seriously. I really liked the first guy who interviewed who seem to be very knowledgeable about Java basics (think about Happens Before, Cmp&Swap) which is rare in my opinion.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Web Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Foster City, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Foster City, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 days - interviewed at QuinStreet in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Applied thru craigslist. Phone Interview. Technical Phone Interview. Written test thru email. Onsite 3 hours interview. Technical question answer on board.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate. It was offered as temporary with 25/hr with 40 hr/week. No benefit.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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