USAA Software Developer & Integrator III Interview Questions

Updated Jul 26, 2014
Updated Jul 26, 2014
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Software Developer & Integrator III Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
Application Details

I applied through college or university. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at USAA in November 2013.

Interview Details

I applied for a full-time position through a University job fair. I signed up for an on-campus interview the next day. The interview was about 30 minutes long. It was very casual. They asked 3 problem-solving questions. The first one is a logic puzzle in which they ask you to put things in order (B comes before A, C must come last, D is not second, etc....). The other two questions were design problems. How would you design an online ap with certain features. These questions are designed to test your problem solving abilities as well as your creativity. The questions are timed. The rest of the interview was asking about experience and projects.

I was contacted about 2 weeks later and invited to San Antonio for second round interviews. They treated us very well. All the plans were made by a coordinator (air, hotel, most of the transportation). It was nice that I didn't have to worry about anything. And they repaid me for the ride from the airport to the hotel.

They put us up in the Omni hotel right on the river walk. It was a great room. They took us all to dinner at the hotel restaurant that night. It was a fabulous meal. There were several employees there to interact with us. The point of the dinner was to put us at ease and give us a chance to ask all the questions we wanted. It was a nice evening.

The next morning a bus picked us up and took us to the headquarters where breakfast was waiting for us. They split the group (of 20) into two groups--morning interviews and midmorning interviews. While the first group was interviewing, the second group was given a quick tour and a benefits presentation. Then we swapped. The interview was the same as the first interview--except a little more involved. I met with two engineers who held the "tech" test and interview. They asked the same kind of questions--logic and problem solving. The interview lasted about an hour.

After the interviews were over they fed us lunch. Then they gave us a tour of the full facility. It was very impressive. They collected our receipts for reimbursement. Had us fill out a little paperwork. Then gave us a ride back to the airport. Overall a very positive experience.

Two weeks later I was offered a position. I was given two weeks to respond.

Interview Questions
  • How would you design a mobile ap for people who are not able to enter text but the page has a lot of text entry boxes? Or something along those lines....   View Answer
Negotiation Details
Negotiation was not an option but the process was very smooth and simple. The benefits package is fantastic.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    Software Developer & Integrator III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at USAA in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Handed a recruiter my resume during a career fair, and received a phone call that evening. First interview was on campus. Very professional interview, but not too formal. I actually thought I did pretty poorly. Received a congratulatory email about a week later, and was then was flown out to San Antonio HQ for dinner and second interview. The trip was pretty amazing, and the overall impression I got from the company far surpass my expectations. Was told that I would be contacted with in two weeks, and would be told if I got the job or not. I think that pretty professional, because most companies would not be so courteous. It's coming up on two weeks soon, and have yet to hear from them. Hopefully that's a good thing and I get an offer. There's no doubt I would be happy to take it! I'm going to say no, that I didn't get an offer, because they don't give you a still waiting option on this website.

    Interview Questions
    • If you are like me already on this site before your interview, then you don't need any more help with the questions. Just be prepared to think on your feet, and not freeze up. The second round of interview are more open ended, and I think that was were I could have done better. I would still say my second interview was better than my first though.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Developer & Integrator III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at USAA in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Process does take a long time.
    I applied in Late January and by the end of February i was contacted to do a phone interview in 2 weeks time

    Standard phone interview with a few behavioral questions and scenarios like designing a city transit grid and a math based database question.

    I was notified a week later that i was selected for a Onsite interview at their main campus in San Antonio.
    2 Day interview process with first night was a dinner with recruiters and other candidates.
    IT seems they are looking to see if you contribute to the conversations, so ask them questions about USAA and their experience there.

    Next day was a walking tour and a interview with two senior members. From what i gathered they are looking to see how well you perform with a team and your critical thinking abilities and again ask them questions about USAA , their job, the Mission statement!!. The interview lasted about an hour and i felt very confident when i went back with the rest of my group.
    they said they would contact in about 2 weeks it was closer to 3 weeks.

    I was offered a Base salary.
    Try negotiating they will ask for reason and competing offers. Provide and justify why you believe you deserve the extra pay. Its worth a shot!

    You are given 24 - 48 Hours to do a Drug test and then begin the background check which for me took 2 months more to complete

    Started process in January , ended in April with a job offer and begin the new job shortly later.

    Interview Questions
    • The Tree and branch question was an odd ball question. Be prepared for that one!   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I successfully negotiated and bumped up my base pay by 5%
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Developer & Integrator III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at USAA in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    Did an information session at University. Interviewed with them on Campus. Did a formal dinner the night before second interviews in San Antonio, Texas. Conducted second interview in San Antonio, Texas at company HQ.

    Interview Questions
    • If California fell off into the Pacific Ocean....
      What would you do if you had unlimited resources and 8 years to get everyone vacated out of the state?
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Developer & Integrator III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at USAA in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    Had my first interview at a conference, then they flew me down to Texas along with all the other candidates. We all stayed in the Omni, had dinner the first day and the next morning we had an interview and tour. The interview is the same structure as the first interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software Developer & Integrator III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at USAA in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Had one initial phone interview with a series of fairly high level throught-process and design questions. Was invited to on-site interview fairly soon and was 1 of 3 who ended up hired in that group of about 20. The reception was great and very laid back. I felt very comfortable even though I can get extremely nervous in those situations. The on-site interview was very straightforward. I didn't have much experience interviewing, and I even kind of botched the main problem solving question because I was trying to make it too difficult. Apparently my other characteristics and resume shown through because I ended up hired. I have mixed feelings since I don't think interviews are the best judge of a good future employee's skills or character. I'm just grateful to have gotten the position; though, I do think they need to raise their standards significantly overall. After the on-site interview and tour of the ridiculously large complex, I followed up with thank you emails, and it took much longer than I was hoping to secure the official offer and start date.

    Interview Questions
    • None of the questions were extremely difficult. The questions were all centered around hypothetical situations or design problems, and it was more open ended than any interview I had been in before.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I took the offer as it stood because I was a little anxious to get a job after school. In retrospect, had I known my standing from a technical perspective relative to my peers, I would have argued for as much as a 10% increase in starting pay. The caveat to this whole thing is that they start you out as hourly and work your way to salary on your second promotion (typically). This means you really have no incentive to become salaried because you will be making up for the slightly lower base pay in working overtime your first two years and take a pay cut or plateau at which point you give up the overtime. The point of this is that, you may be fast-tracked to salary if you do argue for a higher pay and responsibility, and the difference may be negligible, notwithstanding the *significant* bonus based on a percentage of base pay (not including overtime).
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Software Developer & Integrator III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at USAA in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    You'll have one initial interview with a recruiter (usually at a recruiting event/conference, college campus, phone, etc) and if that goes well, you'll be flown to San Antonio for a full interview. You'll spend the day being shown the campus, learning about USAA's history and culture, clubs and organizations within the company, and have a closed interview, usually with 2 employees. Because this is a college hire position, the interview is less technical and more personality-based, as they want to see how well of a culture fit you'll be. They'll generally assess technical competence in the context of your answers. Time will vary on how long it takes to hear back, but they'll contact you whether it's a yes or a no.

    Interview Questions
    • There's a logical, mathematical or brain-teaser type question, which may throw you off after an interview of being assessed based on your personality. You may feel like you have to answer this question exactly right, but don't worry so much about getting the correct answer -- they're more so looking for what kind of analytical, thought process you go through to get to the answer. And this is one of those things where you either have it or you don't.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    For this particular position, because it's entry level, you'd have less room for negotiation. For a position where you're coming in with experience, particularly skills that USAA has high demand for, negotiating is encouraged.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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