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Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Vistaprint in October 2012.
Interview Details – Found them at the career fair, had dinner with them and then a first round interview on campus. Mix of behavioral and technical questions of 45 minutes. Then, I got invited the very next evening to their Super Saturday Weekend Event from Friday night to Sunday. Friday night was a lot of fun and I talked to a lot of Vistaprint employees, and the Charles Hotel they invite you too was very nice. On Saturday morning, they drove us to their office and we had a tour, and then 3 one hour interviews (depends on your group). One of the interviews was problem solving, and the other two were design/coding questions. Interviewers were really cool and worked with you towards your solution instead of trying to stump you. Afterwards, they had a company wide event at a bar/restaurant/bowling alley with free food and drinks! it was really fun!
after 3 days, I heard back from them that I got an offer. The hr is excellent for college recruiting and they get back to you fast!
Interview Question – Signed a disclosure form, so I can't say it. There were no "tricky" / classic interview questions though Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation, they offer very well for college grads (although the price of living is very high for that area)
Associate Analyst Interview Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Vistaprint in November 2010.
Interview Details – I initially applied through my Career Services. Vistaprint was not my top choice but it looked like people enjoyed working there and the work would be consultative in nature. I just submitted my resume and cover letter and got an on-campus interview.
There was an information session the night before the first round interview. It was highly informational and probably the best of the info sessions I attended but that is not saying terribly much. The presentation gave me a lot more appreciation for the difficulty associated with the problems Vistaprint is solving.
There is both a behavioral interview and some problem solving with a case study. Good for you or not, there is no way to study for this. It was slightly tricky but not terrible. We finished up by discussing the case study. He graded my answers after I left. I got a call for Vistaprint's SuperSaturday event, which invites all candidates (primarily Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Dartmouth, CMU, RIT, and WPI) to Vistaprint's headquarters in Lexington, MA.
We stayed at a hotel in Cambridge and the first night was a networking session that was really well done. They gave everyone from the different divisions colored lanyards to distinguish who you actually wanted to talk to. Everyone seemed pretty relaxed and intelligent. They all seemed happy with their decision and felt like they were really developing professionally. There was also a Q&A panel for each of the divisions as well as a larger Q&A.
The interview day consists of a tour of the facilities followed by 3 45-minute interviews. You get a behavioral interview, case study, and technical interview. The case study was definitely one of the most fun parts of my whole recruitment process so have some fun with it.
I wanted to learn a lot, actually contribute, and have the potential to grow really fast and Vistaprint is great for that. You really start your career hitting the ground running and everyone is highly supportive. You certainly can make a career out of your time here and they do really try to hold on to the high performers. I know I did not care much about work-life balance during the interview process, but it is really nice to have a social life even on weekdays.
Interview Question – I do not remember any specific questions but definitely come with questions. They understand you probably dont know much about the company and the culture is very open to questioning everything. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
Senior Associate, Marketing Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Vistaprint in June 2012.
Interview Details – Get ready to answer case study questions about the products on the website. Also be able to negotiate a contract. What do you like and would alter on the Vistaprint.com site? Give examples of marketing projects you've worked on from beginning to end.
Senior QA Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Vistaprint in November 2011.
Interview Details – I had a phone interview with a QA Manager. The interviewer was very formal and made me walk through my resume. She then posed a database design question where I had to design a database for keeping tracking of all the flights arriving and leaving an airport.
I cleared the interview and was invited for an onsite interview. The onsite interview consisted of three 1:1 interviews: A behavioral interview, a technical interview and a Case interview
The Behavioral interviewer was a friendly person and she asked me about my previous work experience, why I was interested in QA and how would I fit into the Vistaprint work culture. It was a positive experience where we had a healthy conversation about what my expectations were from the role and the company and what the company expects from me
The technical interview was again about databases. A client -server mail server architecture was explained and questions were asked about how to make design changes to improve the system. After that, simple 3 table join queries were asked.
The case interview was pretty simple. The standard, "How many shampoo bottles are produced globally in a year". There were various versions of it. They just want to test how good you are thinking on your feet.
Interview Question – Explain the client-server mail architecture Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I am bad at negotiating. I would have got more, but could not negotiate successfully.
Lead QA Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Vistaprint in November 2010.
Interview Details – They do the Phone Interview with couple of HR people before they pass it to Technical People. They do another round of phone interviews with Managerial level people before they call you for 1:1 interviews.
Interview Question – They have some kind of Numbered questions where they ask you to count the quantities and relevant benefits. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Yes we have to negotiate to get the best offer. HR people are pretty good about it.
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Vistaprint in October 2011.
Interview Details – I got a phone interview via Campus Recruiting. The question was finding the missing number in a 1-1000 array in which the number was replaced by -1 and the array was randomly ordered.
Got the Super Saturday onsite interview right after my phone interview ends, in less than 3 hours. I was amazed by the speed.
Went to Great Boston Area on the Super Saturday with many other candidates. Friday night was purely networking. Talked with many people from software team and after that was discussion panel.
Then, on Saturday, the first thing was touring around the company with no one inside. This REALLY cannot give people a brief idea on how the company likes. After a brief lunch with a lot of current employees, I was given three 1:1 interviews, an OO Design question, the shampoo question, a coupon question(tho it was labeled as coding question, I would rather say it was another but easier OO design question) and a behavioral question.
After this, on Saturday night, part of the interviewees were taked to a bar, where more networking happened.
My negative opinion on the interview: First, a lot of information was duplicated. The interview consists too much networking and talking with people inside the company. For example, the friday night networking and discussion panel; during Saturday lunch; on saturday night; during site tour. Mostly with same information which was apparently a time waste. Second, tour the empty building really cannot give much information on the company's culture.
Except for those, the overall experience for me is great. I can feel that all people inside the company are those who love their jobs and are proud of it. I can feel the passion. And also, I can feel the company is trying to give every interviewees a deep understanding of the company, tho they probably should balance their networking portion and give more information about the company culture. I can feel the company is aggressive in growth and is really wanting to hire more people. And their contacting are quick. Got the offer the Tuesday right after the Super Saturday event.
One thing I should say is, for this company, it is really important to view all events as an interview on your personality. Please talk to as many people as you can and ask them questions. It is very important. Although most events were labeled company-answering-question, if you were not active enough, those events could be a drawback.
- Design a robot waiter. Answer Question
- Design a coupon cart with give coupon rules. Answer Question
- How many shampoos in the world. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – i didn't negotiate since the offer was great and exactly what I want.
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Vistaprint in October 2011.
Interview Details – Consisted on 1 Phone Interview
Find missing number in array of numbers 1-1000
Differences between C/C++
Loop in linked list
Interview Question – Missing number in array on 1-1000 Answer Question
Software Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Vistaprint in April 2010.
Interview Details – I was contacted by the recruiter at Vistaprint. It was a brief 15 min interview over the phone and then a technical interview was arranged. I was called onsite for personal interview with atlest 5 of them.
The first interview the person as late to work so that didnt happen. The next interview I was told briefly about the company and department. I thought the interview was going pretty well until it exploded.. I was told that the job did not have any Microsoft .net work until a year although I was called in for a Dotnet developer position. They had a 'tool' they wanted me to work on. For some reasong nobody in the department wanted to work on it. Now, who in the world would like this job after been told this. Obviously I was not interested and told them that it is very 'dissapointing' We didnt wanted to continue the interview but i was just giving it a shot as drove all the wayto Lexington for 3 hrs, didnt wanted to go back so soon. Anyway I guess they just called in the next person and no one came after that. Then the HR said it is not working for them as ' I' use lot of ' tools' which the company dont like. Infact I was thinking that the ' company' had been using 'tools' other than dotnet for this position was the real issue. Any way I asked why the Job description was not accurate. The HR had no idea about what it is about as far as Hr knows, it is dotnet position. Overall experience was very Dissapointing and I am glad that I conveyed it to them at the interview.
Interview Question – Question about how many shampoo bottles the company need to market. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – It wasnt going to work out anyway. If they retired the tool they would not have the job for me. They had other dotnet people working but didnt have any dotnet work for me. Why did they even call me for this interview? I have over 6 years exp with dotnet working for Big 10 companies and was not going to work on anything else.
Very Easy Interview
Marketing Associate Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Vistaprint in May 2009.
Interview Details – VistaPrint is located in an interesting building. We I arrived HR greeted me and escorted me to a tiny interview room. Very claustrophobic and intimate. I meet with 4 people, hour each. They gave me a tour of the building. The whole thing was way to long and every interviewers asked the same boring questions. They gave me a few cases to do, but they were simple and straightforward. Not to interesting and the company is going down with the economy.
Reason for Declining – Low pay, boring position.
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.
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