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Updated Sep 3, 2014
Updated Sep 3, 2014
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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Yahoo.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. Contacted by HR. Conducted a 30-minute phone screen with Senior Technical Writer. He seemed enthusiastic to have me come in for an in-person interview.

    No response - from anybody, including HR. No call backs, emails, or any form of communication. Dead air. Nothing, despite various attempts to contact them.

    Highly unprofessional. The process died prematurely with no explanation. Frankly, the company is failing, and their star of relevance has faded long ago.

    I'm happy I didn't move forward with them.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Associate Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Yahoo in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by a recruiter through LinkedIn. Had an initial phone call with him and then was contacted by someone else setting up an in-person interview for the next week. The recruiter told me the job didn't have a specific job title yet (they were just looking for the perfect person regardless of experience level), but when the assistant set up the interview, she said it was for an associate editor and that was the only position they had available. Had the in-person interviews with two different people on the team – neither of whom it seemed like I would have worked with on a daily basis. One asked more technical and experiential questions, and the other seemed to be assessing my personality. The interviews went well and it seemed like I was more than qualified for the job, but I didn't hear back from either person, and when I followed up with the recruiter, he never responded to my email.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Yahoo in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    To put in one sentence - Interviewing at Yahoo! is just waste of your time. Don't do it unless you have nothing better to do. I had 2 phone screens. The first one was simple coding questions and the second one was just a casual chat with the hiring manager. It took them 3 weeks to do these interviews. After that, I was invited onsite to speak with 5/6 people. Again, 3 weeks to get this one scheduled. I cleared this interview and was told by HR that she would present my case to the hiring committee. After 2 weeks, I was told that the hiring committee had rejected. WTF! - rejected for what ? clearing all interviews with the team? The process took 8+ weeks. One funny thing though - in almost each email - HR would ask me to let her know if I had changed my mind re: joining Yahoo!. I mean, do you really want to join Yahoo! or not?

    Interview Questions
    • Coding, projects I had worked on, some problems which the team was working on, etc. nothing out of the ordinary.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    interviewed at Yahoo in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I had two phone screens. The first phone screen consisted of coding questions (how to print a singly linked list backwards) and the second phone screen was a conversation with the hiring mgr in which we talked about past projects I have worked on. These phone screens occurred over the course of 2 weeks. Next I was invited on site to speak with 4 people.

    After 2 weeks I was told that I was not selected for the position.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Yahoo in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    3 rounds of phone interviews + 1:1 onsite.
    every phone interview even onsite, recruiter keeping asking how much time you put to coding. I honestly answered that question (as I am working for smaller company, it is project based, we have to do everything from end to end, so I said 50%-60% time for coding )

    Interview Questions
    • binary search tree, sorting, API, some SQL like questions (they are not using SQL)   View Answer
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Yahoo.

    Interview Details

    On compus career fair, talked to recruiter about the courses and projects
    Two months later got phone interview notification, then after a long time got scheduled exact phone interview to data&ads team.
    In the phone interview, it's just some simple questions. In the 45 minutes talk, first talked about resume projects, then several basic java questions and data structure programming problems.

    Interview Questions
    • Something about how to optimize the programming solution if the memory is limited   Answer Question
    No Offer
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Yahoo in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed in May 2013, on site with Yahoo for a position of Senior Engineer. Interviewers demonstrated complete and utter no interest. One asked me a question and looked in the ceiling, then got up and went away. Others were similarly disinterested as if it was a formality for them. I think my skills or experience didn't matter at all, and I was discriminated on the basis of race (I am white).

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    interviewed at Yahoo in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Submit my resume on a career fair. Got a technical phone interview after 2 months. the questions are about data structure and algorithm. e.g. class of tree in C++. and a coding questions concerning tree traversal DFS and BFS.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Mail and Anti-Spam Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Yahoo in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was contacted 1-2 weeks afterwards. After 2 phone interviews, I was invited to an on site at Sunnyvale CA at the beginning of March. The interview consisted of 4 technical interviews and 1 Engineering Director lunch interview. The overall technical interview process was well expected with the exception of one disagreement:

    One question was to determine the median of a stream of numbers at any given moment in time. I stated that, in the case of even amount of numbers, the median is the average of the middle pair of numbers after rearranged in ascending order. The Interviewer, at this moment, not only instantly denied this logic, but also got angry at me, stating that: "when there are even amount of numbers, the median can be either the lower or the higher element!". Although this was only a small disagreement, it made me feel like there is no room for discussions in the glorious halls of Yahoo!.

    Also, be very aware of the lunch with the engineering director. In the emails, it was stated that the lunch will be a strictly casual non-interview process. However, the Engineering Director asked me technical questions including algorithms and data structures and behavior and personality questions like: what do you want to do in 3 years, why do you want to join mail/antispam, do you like machine learning, tell me some machine learning techniques, where did you come from (which country) and at what age? So be prepared.

    Lastly and most importantly, it has been almost 3 months since the beginning of March, they still haven't given me the reimbursement for money spent on the interview. I was at Sunnyvale California for 3 days and spent roughly around 200-300$ for travel, food, and parking out of my own pocket. I have been emailing them every week regarding the reimbursement and all I get from the HR is that they will look up on it. It is almost three months now and all they can do is look up on it. I am only a student and it would be really nice to see that money again. T___T

    Be prepared to spend money out of your own pocket when you get called from Yahoo! for an interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Determine the number of bits of a given number in O(1) time.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeks - interviewed at Yahoo.

    Interview Details

    The usual: interview with recruiter (pretty standard), interview with a manager (standard questions), in-person for a 3 hour interview with 5 team members. Had to submit multiple writing samples and complete a writing exercise. The recruiter was very nice, but they took about 3 weeks to respond to me about whether I had received the job.

    Interview Questions
    • What is a company that is marketed poorly, and how would you market it differently?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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