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Getting an Interview
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I applied online – interviewed at RetailMeNot (Austin, TX) in July 2013.
Received a call from a hiring manager that was asked about my experience and made me questions about their website.
Interviewer was aggressive; I would even say rude.
I have done many interviews (face to face and over the phone) and this was the shortest and most harsh. In the end I felt like she called me just because she had to (maybe she needed to reach a number).
Before almost hanging up on me, she said that they were not looking for somone with <my experience>, although by email she had said "what a great resume".
Huh. Why calling me, then?
- What do you think of our current website? 1 Answer
I applied online. The process took 7+ weeks – interviewed at RetailMeNot (Austin, TX) in March 2012.
Very weird process, and in the end I was sincerely glad that I did not get an offer. Would I have received one, I would have given it a whole lot of thought. I don't buy the "there are no walls in the office" thing.
It seemed that I was interviewing to become the president of the company, and it looked like they wanted to find something wrong with me. The process took longer than long - because the time between two interviews is approximately 2 weeks. After the phone screening, I was there:
1. to meet the human resources person -- who was very kind and the best in this process;
2. the whole team - that lasted me approximately 4 hours;
3. the CEO (another 2 weeks later, another hour or so);
...and finally --
4. after the interview with the CEO, I received an email to see yet another person: the Vice-President of the group, who I absolutely "needed" to meet. Another appointment in the middle of the afternoon (you don't really have a choice) -- and when I got there, the Vice-President could not meet me (**yet ironically I could see her through the glass door**). She could have showed up to say "hi" and somehow explain that she was too busy. Instead, I was interviewed by her assistant, who had no idea of the design process whatsoever, went through a list of items and made the same questions that I had answered already a few times ("what's your design process?").
I didn't feel like I was talking to a person that would work with me. I sincerely was impatient at that point -- would I really like to work with those people?... I started to ask myself. I must have unconsciously talked myself out of the job that day.
The next week the human resources person called me and was very apologetic and embarrassed to tell me "thanks, no thanks" - but I believe it was for the best. I did other interviews (that didn't last half as long) and had a better offer after that. To me, Whale Shark's process was disrespectful and could reflect its culture.
So - if you're interviewing for this position, be aware that you have to be patient and answer the same questions a few times.
- What's your design process? - be ready to answer that 3 to 4 times. Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at RetailMeNot (Austin, TX) in October 2011.
After applying for the position online, I was contacted by an HR coordinator a week later through email to schedule a phone interview the following week. The next week I had the scheduled phone interview and was mainly asked to go over my work experience. I was also asked why I chose to apply at WhaleShark Media and what I enjoyed at my last job. The HR coordinator explained the company as a fast paced, growing, young, energetic culture. I was called back for a second phone interview for the next week with a Partner Management Coordinator. The coordinator was not as easy to talk to and stressed during the interview that this was not a 9-5 job and that it consisted of long hours and was very fast paced. If you are applying for this job make sure you know the definition of Affiliate Marketing! More of your typical interview questions were asked during this interview. For example, What are your hobbies, Explain a time when you weren't recognized for your hard work, What makes you a great candidate for this position and Can you handle juggling multiple duties. I was sent an automated email 2 days following the second interview saying they had more qualified candidates they were going to pursue, but thanks for my enthusiasm. Make sure you have a list of questions to ask them about the position and the company.
- What is Affiliate Marketing? Answer Question
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The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at RetailMeNot (Austin, TX) in October 2011.
In my opinion, I agree with the last poster on the initial process, phone screening & questions. The long start-up hours did not bother me. One question I kept receiving was “walk me through your background.” Everyone I met with in the finance & accounting team was very personable and seemed like an excellent fit.
Except for 1 person, in my opinion, that seemed cantankerous. It was like being cross examined by an attorney. From what I hear on the inside, this person is not putting on an act during the interview.
Based on everyone else I met & growth prospects of this company, I would say the interview was easy & I had an overall positive experience.
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Technical Phone Screen with a Manager via browser based scratch pad. Went through 2 or 3 questions and coded them out to sufficient detail (didn't have to explicitly compile and run). Post phone screen went in for a 1/2 day tech screen with 5 people. Back to Back tech screens until the last person all on the whiteboard, very CS heavy (big-O analysis of all solutions and a lot of recursion).
- They had a fair number of recursive problems as well as a Tree problem Answer Question
I applied through college or university. The process took a day – interviewed at RetailMeNot (Saint Louis, MO) in October 2013.
After talking to them at the career fair, they invited me for a 45 minute on-campus interview. We ended up talking for well over an hour. Very relaxed interview environment
- Basic pointer questions/string manipulation Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at RetailMeNot in April 2012.
Phone Interview with Data Architect. Asked about experience in creating work flow documents, DB ER diagrams, data flow diagrams, decision trees. Requested examples of previous work product. I emailed that, due to confidentiality agreements that every tech company requires employees to sign, I could not provide this information. I welcomed any additional questions, information I could provide, etc. but never heard from anyone at this company again. I consider this extremely unprofessional for two reasons. The first reason is I should never have been asked to break a confidentiality agreement by providing work product from another company. And second they should have followed up with, at the very least, with an email.
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days – interviewed at RetailMeNot in February 2014.
Started off with a few simple questions, abstract data types etc. Nothing extremely tricky, or things you would necessarily be able to prepare in advance. Standard "do you know your stuff" questions. We moved to a whiteboard afterwards, where there was a function prototype written and the rest of the function to be written. It wasn't a very hard question, totally do-able if you've taken your core CS classes.
- I came into the whiteboard coding question totally unprepared. It wasn't a very difficult problem but I wasn't ready for it. Answer Question
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I applied through college or university – interviewed at RetailMeNot (Austin, TX).
After giving them my resume I had an initial on-campus interview. Once I passed that they invited me to their main headquarters in Austin, TX. There I had 4 separate interviews each lasting around an hour. All 4 of these interviews were technical, covering topics in basic data structures. I believe I was asked a question on networking as well.
- Given a binary tree, design an algorithm that does a level order traversal of the tree, where each level is printed out in the reverse order as the previous level. Answer Question
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at RetailMeNot in January 2014.
Initial phone screen with HR (30 min) who was rather curt and rude. It didn't seem like she read my resume at all before calling me and acted uninterested the whole time we talked.
Surprisingly, I was passed on to the hiring manager for a 45 minute phone interview. Lots of questions about my online experience, some basic case questions on how to differentiate a good vs. bad coupon, some ad hoc math questions (% off vs. $ off). At the end of the conversation, he said HR would reach out to me to complete some case questions but never actually heard from them again. Very unprofessional.
- How would you determine whether a coupon is a good deal? Answer Question
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