I applied online - interviewed at REI Systems in September 2011.
Interview Details – I was interviewed by 3 different people,with analytical,technical questions.the level of interview questions were good
Interview Question – Do you have kids? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – BAD.Program Manager was bargaining for 1000$
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at REI Systems.
Interview Details – Had 3 rounds of interview. First interview was with a senior developer who asked everything about programming and database questions followed by some puzzles. The second interview was with an architect who asked general puzzle based questions. The final was with a resource manager who asked if I had to start a restaurant, what are the factors that i would take into consideration.
Interview Question – Regarding external libraries Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at REI Systems in August 2011.
Interview Details – Very lengthy. It was 4 hours for me without any prior notification. It was clear sign for me that they don't take into account your personal time and value, but I didn't pay attention that time.
Interview Question – They ask a lot of questions not related to your experience, but rather showing how you think. At the same time all questions they ask can be easily found in internet. What is their own input then? Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at REI Systems in September 2010.
Interview Details – Really this site helped me a lot. I was just preparing ASP.Net. After seeing this site , I prepared some Analytical questions too. Yeah we can answer Analytical questions. But we need to have a look before interview. It helped me a lot. It has Technical, Analytical and personality too.
Interview Question – Analytical Questions. Algorithms. 10x 10x10 cube... Then Algorithms Answer Question
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at REI Systems in October 2009.
Interview Details – I had multiple rounds of interviews.
It started with a Phone interview, after clearing this round, I was scheduled for a face to face interview session within a week.
The face to face session had two rounds of interviews back to back. The interviews were very detailed and touched many areas of a PM's job. After clearing these, I was called in for a third face to face interview session which consisted of two rounds again.
I think that the overall process went pretty smooth and was well organized, although I had to wait a bit at the lobby once.
The interviewer's focus was on my resume and my capabilities. The interviewers were very knowledgeable and hands on folks. There were quite a few very tough problem solving / situational questions which one can only answer if one has experienced the issues firsthand (I think that i did well) . IMHO it is a smart thing to do in order to assess real experience (vs bookish knowledge).
The technical questions were very deep and progressive. I think that the interviewers were looking for a well rounded PM with minimum learning curve. The interviews touched many areas of the SDLC , process areas and were pretty detailed.
Situational questions are always tough, as one cannot remember all experiences one has had.
Technical and direct experience questions are always the ones where you either know the answer or you don't.
My recomendation is - Don't try to BS - as the interviewer will catch it.
The REI team is very technical and advanced. It is a young and growing company - with many positions open and room for growth. The culture is results driven and very customer focussed. I was impressed to see the dedication and motivation at all levels of the personnel I dealt with during my interviews. The interviews are not easy, but when you are hired it gives you the feeling of achievement and it is really great to work with very competitive team-members who have also gone through a very careful hiring process.
After working here for a few months - I have studied the culture, the people, the management and the pipeline - I can say that I made the right career decision to join here.
Interview Question – EVM View Answer
Negotiation Details – My needs were simple and straightforward, and as the unsolicited offer was in my range - I did not feel the need to do any haggling.
I had some questions related to benefits, which were handled pretty well by the HR POC.
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at REI Systems in June 2010.
Interview Details – I have applied online for the job, the interview was set for a Friday. It consisted of a technical interview to test my DB skills for about 1.5 hours and then a one hour interview to test my analytical skills. Monday they contacted me to offer me the position, and by Friday we signed the contract. It was probably one of the most technically-challenging interviews I had to go through, but that was a good indication on the level of expertise that is expected from the employees.
Interview Question – Analytical questions to identify problem solving approaches Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at REI Systems in May 2010.
Interview Details – Had a phone interview initially and another phone interview testing my analytical skills in order to bring me for an onsite round. There were three rounds again at the onsite testing technical, analytical and a HR round
Interview Question – questions like asp.net page life cycle, and other basic .net questions. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 6 days - interviewed at REI Systems in April 2008.
Interview Details – Phone interview took about 1/2 hour and was mostly technical questions. I felt that I was well prepared for this so I was able to answer these. When not, interviewer moved along and did not penalize me for this. In person interview was more for personality and behavior. Also this had a technical side. Nothing too unusual.
Interview Question – For a 10x10x10 cube, 1000 cubes total (10^3), and 8^3 don't have paint on them.
And what fraction of the cubes would have a painted side upward? View Answer
Reason for Declining – Other offer closer to home.
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at REI Systems in March 2010.
Interview Details – The career services at my school set up the initial interview overnight (I was told the day before the interview). The interview was a three step process. First: I spoke with with a senior software engineer at the company on the phone, Second: I spoke with an HR representative about my personality, and Last: I spoke with the person who would be my boss for his own knowledge of what kind of person I was.
Interview Question – Given the dimentions of a rubics cube (3x3, 4x4), what is the formula for figuring out the number of cubes that can not be seen on the surface. (If it did have cubes on the inside) View Answer
Very Difficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at REI Systems in February 2010.
Interview Details – The Head of HR initially called me and she was great...very friendly and personable. We spoke for about 45 minutes and she talked a lot about the role and the organizational structure there, the company's clients, etc. After the phone interview she asked me if I'd like to come in for a face to face interview and I said yes. I was told I'd be meeting with three people total and would be there for two hours. I went into the office in Herndon and spent a couple minutes with the Head of HR. All went ok with her (although the couple minutes we spent talking was her "preparing me" for the two people I was about to meet - I should've known at that point where this was going) but then the next person came in (who I believe is the COO) and although I was "grilled" extremely hard, the interview ended up being ok. After that I proceeded to sit by myself in this interview room for about 45 minutes waiting for the VP to come in and meet with me and when he finally "showed" he made no apology for being so late. He was very rude and even stepped out twice to take a call! He did apologize about that but I've been in HR and Recruiting for almost 10 years now and unless there is some EXTREME emergency, you don't take calls during an interview. He was extremely difficult to interview with - he asked the same question over and over (just in a different way each time) and didn't seem to even be listening to the answers I gave. He made no eye contact at all and was so stiff and unfriendly that he made it to be the worst interview experience I've ever had. I ended up being there for over three hours and when I walked out I just hoped I'd never be back!
It's a shame the interview was this way because the company does seem to be thriving and they seem extremely customer focused which attracted me to the company. From the couple minutes I spent in the office lobby though I got the sense that the office/work culture is very similar to management - stiff and formal and not necessarily the funnest place to work.
Interview Question – Tons of "What would you do if this?" and "What would you do if that?" and "How would you handle this?" types of questions. Very behavioral based. Answer Question
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