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Software Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Vistaprint
Interview Details – I ended up applying late, but this process was still the best of all the internships I"ve interviewed for. I submitted my resume on a Tuesday, got a call back on Wednesday, set up interviews for Thursday morning, and had the offer by Thursday afternoon. The campus recruiting office is the BEST - very helpful, informative, nice, etc.
I did the actual interviews via the phone, and did coding over a collaboration coding tool (via the internet) and over google docs. The interviewers were really nice and helpful, and I got a good vibe from them. Interview questions were unsurprising and kinda standard.
1.) OOP design question (Design an elevator system, and they gave me some scenarios to consider while building). Be prepped to do a UML diagram.
2.) Pretty simple geometry algorithm question that was sort of like your classic box-packing problem. You shouldn't need to prep too much for this one... it's really easy to overthink though, so be wary of that.
Interview Question – The elevator design was challenging just because there is no right answer. The most important thing there is to clearly explain why you're doing what you're doing. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I'm an intern. I was surprised at how high it was that I didn't think fast enough to start negotiating.
Senior CopyWriter Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Vistaprint in June 2010.
Interview Details – Vistaprint has an extensive interview process. By meeting with multiple people who you will be working with, the company builds consensus -- before you start -- about whether you have the skills and personality to be a good fit. Back-to-back interviews can be grueling, so be well rested and think through the many dimensions of your work and people skills before you arrive. The first day I interviewed (for about six hours), there was no offer of the bathroom or snacks. On the second day of interviews (another six hours), I spoke up and asked for quick breaks as I needed them. Now, when people come in for long interviews, they are given snack packs...which is great.
Interview Question – I don't remember any difficult or unexpected questions. Each interview was filled with expected questions from each stakeholder. Answer Question
Senior Systems Administrator Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Vistaprint in June 2014.
Interview Details – Vistaprint has a fairly thorough yet quick interviewing process. First, you get a call from the recruiter to discuss which job opportunities are available. Next, you speak with the hiring manager in a phone interview. The last step is a onsite interview with the hiring manager and the few other people that you would be working with.
Interview Question – The technical questions are general sysadmin type questions. An admin with at least 2 years experience should be able to answer them no problem. The interviews are interactive so there is a lot of whiteboard demonstrations. Answer Question
Software Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through college or university and interviewed at Vistaprint.
Interview Details – The process was long. I first had an on-campus interview. Then they hosted us up in a hotel for a weekend. There were probably 100 candidates. We went to a dinner and heard some presentations the first night. After that we had a long day of 3 interviews followed by a tour of the building. We finished off with a night at a bar in Boston. They don't do any of this anymore from what I hear.
Interview Question – Three easy whiteboard questions. One estimating question, a design question, and a basic coding question. Practice your OO and algorithms and you'll be fine. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The offer was very good from the start, and I did not negotiate
Senior Director Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Vistaprint in March 2013.
Interview Details – Long and drawn out. Asked back for multiple interviews. Had to solve case studies, even though I have years of experience and a solid track record.
Interview Question – Could you come back again for even more interviews? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – These folks take far too long to make decisions. I ended up talking to the same person multiple times, and they wanted me to loop back after talking to yet more people. It's amazing that they ever get to hire anyone since most companies move faster.
Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Vistaprint in March 2014.
Interview Details – Met with recruiters through a campus recruiting event - a couple of weeks later, received a call inviting me to interview with two engineers the next morning at my school's career lab. Went through two in-person technical interviews, both fairly straightforward: one design-focused interview and one quick coding problem. They called me up again two days later to give me an offer. The entire process was surprisingly quick, no complaints as far as that goes.
Interview Question – One open-ended question about object-oriented design, one quick coding problem to ensure that you actually can code on demand. Nothing too difficult, no specific knowledge of any particular language necessary. Answer Question
Software Engineer Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Vistaprint in March 2014.
Interview Details – I applied through my university's Jobs and Internships Board, submitted my resume and everything, and then they scheduled on-campus interviews about two weeks after that. The interview was two hours and consisted of two parts: an OOP interview, and also a coding interview. I got an offer two days after that.
Interview Question – For the OOP interview, they asked me to draw and explain a UML about elevators. They then gave me three cases to think of. Answer Question
Senior Engineer Interview (Positive Experience)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Vistaprint.
Interview Details – Spoke to 6 people in 3 separate sessions. 3 interviews were non-technical in nature and more about "fit". The other 3 interviews (conducted via Skype) included technical assessments of object oriented design, basic statistics and coding.
The HR lead informed me of the kinds of questions that will be asked so I had some preparation beforehand.
Interview Question – Estimate how many shampoo bottles are used yearly by hotels in a given city, followed by questions about distribution, assumptions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Offer was better than market rate so I didn't negotiate further.
QA Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Vistaprint.
Interview Details – Applied online, eventually someone in HR reaches out to you to schedule a phone interview with a manager of the area you will be working in. There are some questions about your background and occasionally a weed-out question for more technical roles.
If you pass that, they bring you in. College hires will participate in a "Super Day" event where they wine and dine you as you visit the office and interview with several people. For QA it is much smaller since they only hire a handful each year now.
There are 3 interviews. An abstract problem solving interview (how many X does it take to do Y), technical interview (SQL based or OO code based), and a behavioral interview (background mostly).
- Design a database suitable for an airline and write some queries. Answer Question
- How many ping pong balls fit in a bus ? OR How many bars of soap are needed for the state?
The answer is not important they just want to see you think and how you draw conclusions Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Little negotiation if any for college hires. They do have a signing bonus
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Vistaprint in March 2013.
Interview Details – I interviewed with several people: first an HR rep, then 3 people from the team / department I would be working in. I then ended with the HR rep. Vistaprint is ranked as one of the hardest companies to interview with, but for an intern position it was much more relaxed. They just want to know about your past work experience, why you're interested in them, and what you'll bring to the table.
Interview Question – What do you think we could be doing better? View Answer
Negotiation Details – None, I was an intern.
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