Uber Interview Questions

Updated Apr 27, 2015
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Uber in February 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online mid January and received a phone call mid February around 6:30pm on a Friday night.

    Here are the steps that followed:

    1) Sunday night: 5-10 minute phone call with someone at the Uber office I had applied to, general background questions, are you eligible to work in the United States etc. The person I spoke to also asked right off the bat what I was looking for in salary and stated that they had been hiring people between the $60 - $65K range, and that number was implied to be rather inflexible.

    2) Tuesday: Two hour timed analytics test, completed online. You download two CSV files and use that data to answer 28 multiple choice questions. Twenty of the 28 questions had to do with straight data analysis (which 10 hour span in the course of two weeks had the most requests), while the remaining eight were a bit more interpretive (which of the following metrics would be most valuable for determining demand). The final four questions were free-form essay answers. Ones I recall are: Write a letter to drivers (can be for an upcoming holiday or just a general newsletter), which of two given bonus structures would be better in incentivizing drivers to work (fixed per ride, fixed per hour, variable but a minimum of rides required). I would say I am pretty good with Excel and a fast writer and I finished in about 1 hour 45 minutes. There were only about 3 questions that were very difficult.

    3) Thursday/Friday: Two 20-30 minute phone interviews with members of the Uber team at the location where I applied. The first 10 minutes or so each time was comprised of the general tell us about your resume, why do you want to leave your company, why Uber in particular type questions. The next 10-15 minutes had questions like how would you sell an existing taxi driver on using Uber (biggest one was safety), why don't taxi drivers like using credit cards (taxes, a cut of the money gets taken out by processing fees, they don't get the money right away like cash) and some other questions that I can't recall. The last few minutes are opened up to the candidate to ask them questions.

    4) Following Wednesday: Two hour interview at the Uber office consisting of four 30-minute panels. Each panel was 3-4 people asking me questions. There were at least three other people being interviewed for the same position concurrently, so the panelists rotated between us. Mine was conducted inside a room full of random Uber-related supplies and storage units. The interview took place from 6-8pm on a Wednesday night, which seems a bit asinine given that most people applying already worked a full day beforehand but perhaps Uber wants to see how candidates perform when they're both tired and stressed, who knows. In each panel maybe 2 minutes are devoted to hearing about you as a person or candidate (tell us about your resume... hmm I see here you've worked for X for Y years, tell us about that) -- after that they jump right in to questions. There is little to no time to make a connection with your interviewers, it's really all about being able to answer the specific questions they ask. Despite the fact that I heard over and over again how everyone who works at Uber came from other industries 100% of the questions were about Uber-specific processes or items, there was not a single general aptitude or skills question until the final panel asked "Tell us about a project you worked on that you were proud of," or something to that effect. See the "Interview Questions" section below for examples.

    At the end of one of the panels, almost as an afterthought, the last question I was asked was: Tell us something you're passionate about. I thought, stupidly, that this was a genuine attempt to get to know me as a person so I answered with a legitimate answer -- let's say it was fine dining. Instead of the expected reply prompting me to share a human anecdote or a commonality between the interviewer and myself he replied "OK great, make a PowerPoint presentation about fine dining and send it to me by <looks at watch> 8pm tomorrow night." I asked for more direction and was told, essentially, sell me on fine dining. I wasn't told if this was supposed to be a test of my presentation skills, sales skills or just a signal that I was devoted to this job. I have a real life with other responsibilities, so I spent about 2 hours the next morning before work putting something together and sent it in.

    The next time I heard from Uber was 5-6 days later I received a generic form email at 11pm informing me they'd decided to go in a different direction. I was not particularly inclined to inquire as to why I was not selected.

    Interview Questions

    • From the in-person panel interviews:

      - Uber is opening up a city remotely (i.e. Milwaukee will be operated out of Chicago). How would you make the drivers in Milwaukee feel equal to the drivers in Chicago. This was maybe the worst, most vague question of them all.
      - Uber drops you in a new market (i.e. Oklahoma City) and says you have two weeks until we open here - go! What do you do?
      - Say an Uber black car driver makes $30/ride with a 20% commission. How do you convince him to upgrade to a new made up service UberSuper with a 25% commission? What costs will the driver incur in upgrading. How much more will he have to make each week, etc. Note: it's not enough to just walk them through mentally how you'd do this, be prepared to do the math on the fly. Very annoying.
      - An Uber competitor opens in your city with unlimited cash capital, if you were them how would you steal Uber's customers? If you were Uber how would you convince drivers not to leave?
       
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    Data Scientist Interview

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    Application

    The process took a weekinterviewed at Uber.

    Interview

    unorganized- the link to the test didn't work. time consuming- the test took 2 hours. overall the tone was a little cold and condescending. it seemed like they thought they were doing candidates a favor by interviewing them.

    Interview Questions

    • how to optimize surge pricing given data set   1 Answer
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    IOS Engineer Interview

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    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took a weekinterviewed at Uber.

    Interview

    Someone at Uber reached out to me about a role there. First step of the interview was a phone screen. It was high level and conceptual, and given by an early tech employee who wasn't HR, but at this point wasn't entirely a hands on tech person either. Moved into more of a director/operations role. It asked some basic tech questions but I don't think the person was expert enough in iOS itself to ask difficult questions.

    Next was an at-home coding challenge. Take as much time as you want, but expectation was within a few days to a long weekend. I completed it over an entire weekend and put substantial work into it. It was straight forward iOS question with an API and UI elements. I put a lot of work into it.

    After reviewing the submitted challenge for a few hours I received word back that there was a flaw in a UI element, and we would not be moving forward. But they thanked me for spending my entire weekend on it. There was no discussion, no further communication. After further investigation, I confirmed my flaw. A little frustrated because it clearly showed I was adept and could do the work with overall nice features, but also not happy with myself for my mistake that I didn't initially see in the UI.

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    Data Scientist Interview

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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Uber.

    Interview

    I was introduced to the recruiter by a friend and had a phone interview scheduled within a couple of business days. Spoke with the manager for one of Uber's data science teams. I was told by the recruiter to have internet access and a computer (which I thought was for a coding challenge) but we mostly went over my background. Towards the end he asked business oriented questions that relate to data science and machine learning.

    We went in depth into the projects that I completed in graduate school and for work, so I suggest being able to articulate past projects well.

    Overall it was a good experience as the hiring manager was really engaged and professional throughout the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • There is a pool of people who took Uber rides from two cities that were close in proximity, for example Menlo Park and Palo Alto, and any data you could think of could be collected. What data would you collect so that the city the passenger took a ride from could be determined?

      If some type of supervised classification algorithm was used to split the two populations, for example Support Vector Machine, what type of business decision would you make on points that appear close to the hyperplane?
       
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    Operations and Logistics Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Uber (New York, NY) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Overall it was a fast experience. Took two weeks in total. I applied online and a recruiter contacted me over the phone and chatted for like 20 minutes. Seemed like they wanted to hire people very quickly. She told me that the company is hiring at a very quick pace.

    Then I did an online analtics test with 32 questions. Time is very limited for the test, you have to think a lot for some questions to get the tricks right and answer properly. It is mostly multiple choice questions and at the end there are 4 free-to-write type of questions (essays for some scenarios like write a letter to drivers).

    The test is pretty hard but I prepared very well using online resources so I passed the test. (the recruiter emailed me next day for the good news)

    Then I had 2 more onsite interviews. One is a panel like interview at the office and one with a senior hiring manager. Overall these in-office interviews were pretty tough, they are asking real life example questions and expect you to answer them like an experienced Uber employee, which you are not :)

    Some questions from the in-office meetings: How would you start in a new city? How would you make more drivers available? What is the best incentive to give to a driver to have him work for more hours during weekdays? etc.

    After these two in-office interviews, I got an email from the recruiter that they decided to go in another direction :( But overall it was a nice experience.

    Interview Questions

    • 100 drivers apply to uber to be a driver. X percent does not have city knowledge, y of them miss their screening meetings, z of them did not passed background check and can apply in 6 months etc etc.. Base on listed constraints, how many of them can start with Uber?   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Uber in April 2015.

    Interview

    The process included a phone screen by a recruiter, a google hangout with 2 engineers and an in person interview with 4 pairs of engineers.

    The questions were different than other interviews I've been in with this structure. In the other interviews the questions were more towards algorithm and problem solving, these ones were open ended architecture questions. I definitely prefer the more open ended architecture questions.

    All of the interviewers were pleasant with the exception of one. I was struggling to communicate my answer, and the interviewer was openly frustrated (first time I've seen this happen, I've interviewed with this structure at 3 other companies). Even to a point of sighing out loud in frustration. Uber expressed that the interview was to simulate a regular work day, and in my opinion this would have been unprofessional in a meeting, but maybe at Uber this is normal? My opinion may also stem from the fact that I have never worked at start ups with a very young engineering culture.

    I was excited to be given the chance to interview at Uber but after the interview it was clear I didn't fit in with the culture.

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    Ops and Logistics Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Uber (Denver, CO) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Way too long. You are going to put in a lot of work. The time it took to do all the interviews and take all the tests really turned me off from the company. If someone is a certified professional in excel, don't waste two hours of their time making them take a test. I also got the impression that they were phishing for new ideas, but nothing stops them from taking your great ideas and not hiring you. The first interview i had they forgot to call and i had to reschedule. Despite the fact that the companies apparently making good money, the salary is surprisingly low. You can make a lot more from other companies right out of college. They justify the very low pay because they think the stock might be worth something someday. It might. But I'm sure the people at Myspace probably thought the same thing. How much would it suck to work 80 hours a week, for significantly less than you should be making, only for that stock to never be worth anything?

    Interview Questions

    • What is the most difficult thing about your current position.

      How long until you can move to the city you applied to.
       
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Uber in March 2015.

    Interview

    Applied through an internal reference. Took about 3 weeks to hear anything. Sent a 2 hour timed analytics test to complete from home within "24-48" hours. Was very nervous my answers had not been saved as the test timed out before I could press submit (the answers were saved--my email was promptly answered which was great). Heard back the next day from the recruiter that they were not moving forward.

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    Counsel Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Uber (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    This is far and away the least professional organization I have ever encountered (and I've worked for start ups in the past).

    They create false sense of urgency at random parts of the interview process, only immediately to go dark for months.

    The majority of the lawyers I met were very arrogant (acted as if they were doing me a huge favor by interviewing me), but I really can't determine what merits that arrogance (they are not particularly impressive credential-wise, nor in terms of their presence, rather most of these lawyers seemed just to be lucky enough to get on the gravy train while the company was young). They did rave about how long their hours were, as if some kind of badge of pride when more it signaled to me how dysfunctional the legal group there was.

    While very friendly, the HR team was pretty scattered, wrote ungrammatical emails, and had lousy follow up.

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    • No substantive interview questions, really just conversations -- and awkward ones at that. I met with 5 members of the legal team. Two of them left after 5 minutes because they were "too busy to meet." One of them was the most socially awkward people I have ever met, she made no eye contact at all, just sat there and checked her phone while we were talking, and then abruptly left because "something came up."

      I sat in a tiny conference room by myself for about half the time I was there. Again really a lousy experience that smacked of arrogance and lack of professionalism.

      A few weeks after the interviews they followed up with a written exercise that was not at all clear. I submitted it and apparently it fell into a black hole as no one contacted me after that until I sent a "what's going on" email to the recruiters.
       
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    Operations and Logistics Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Uber (Washington, DC) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Was referred internally, and got the Excel test literally hours later on a Friday evening. I completed it on Sunday, and it took me about 1.5 hours. Wasn't too bad. Knowing pivot tables like others have suggested is key. I got an email on Tuesday inviting me to a happy hour the following Monday.

    The Happy Hour was no different than ones I experienced as an undergrad. There were about 100 candidates, and maybe 25-30 Uber employees. Just try to have meaningful conversations with everyone, and you have to hand them each a "business card" that they will have ready for you. Ask questions about their job functions, and get to know some of the people.

    After that, it was about a week before I was scheduled for a phone screen. Literally the phone screen consisted of the recruiter asking about my salary requirements, and if I was able to schedule an in-person interview that Friday, which I did.

    I went for the Interview at their DC offices, which consisted of 2 groups of 2 people asking normal types of questions, and in between there was an exercise. The questions asked were a mix of your standard behavioral questions and some questions about the logistics of Uber's operations. The exercise was pretty difficult, to be honest, much more so than the other excel test.

    A week later I got an email saying they would not be offering me the job.

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