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Front-end Software Engineer Interview

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

I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Yahoo in October 2013.

Interview Details

Short Version: Bad experience. Their recruiting system is a mess.

Long Version: Submitted resume on job fair. Then invited to a dinner with several yahoo engineers. 1 week later, get contact for an onsite interview. (Yes, no phone screening at all.)

Their campus is okay, nothing to complain. It similar to other big companies in its age. (like the "M" and "A") But I would say all tech companies who rates over 4 on glassdoor will have a better office.

The interview is completely waste of time for me. I'm college new grad and full-stack web developer, but their questions are all about html, css and javascript. As we know, people don't teach them in college, "treehouse" tech those stuff. And the questions are quite unreasonable also. There're lots of questions about "tricks" in css and js instead of more important concept. By "tricks" I mean those things very detailed knowledge about css and js which can only be used to solve one problem. For example, how to block the click event of a <a> with out using event blocker? The answer is attached an oncl1ck function to <a> and let the function return false. Seriously? If that's what you expecting from candidates, you should go for an experience web developer who had been in the industry for years not a new grad like me. And there're some other crazy question such as write a micro website (html + css + js) without look at the reference.

I have to say I screwed up the interview because that not actually the position I'm looking for. They could save both of us a lot of time by doing a phone interview before!

At last, it's the worst part. I got a reject email couple weeks later, and then contacted by a recruiter for a offer. What? I asked the recruiter to double check my status in their database and it looks like there're actually two team read my interview feedback. One team rejected me and send me the reject email without waiting for the response of the other team. And it turns out the other team actually wants me on board. However, at that time I've already got a much better opportunity so I decline it. But then both the recruiter and the manager called me and try to change my mind without anything convincing. I shared my concern with the manager that I believe I'm not the right person for their position.

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The manager of the team who gave me an offer pulled out my feedback from my interviewer and tried to convince me that I'm qualified for the job.
A "pretty good feedback" of 3-3.5 . I was surprised that their "pretty good" is so low. So I just told him what he expect is not going to happen. Actually their low standard makes me worry about the ability of my potential colleague in the future.

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    Front End Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Yahoo in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    1. Got first 1:1 interview on campus. pure algorithm test. Design a data structure to store sparse 2D matrix which contains only 0 or 1. then write function to add 2 such matrix.

    I first proposed to use array to remember each 1 location. then find out it is quite expensive to do the addition. with the interviewer's help, I result in using hash table. then I was asked to write hash function. It was quite challenge for me. But the interviewer was really nice and very helpful to push me to the limit.

    2. less than 2 weeks, I was invited for onsite interview in sunnyvale. the interview start at 11 with a lunch with the HR people given some introduction to the company. then 4 1 to 1 interviews, each about: data structure, algorithm, os/db/web, sys design. 3 out of 4 interviews got heavy accent, I had hard time to understand what they are talking. their questions are normal technique questions, such as:
    insert/delete linked list
    merge 2 sorted integer array into one
    what is page table, virtual memory, schema. what related web experience you had.
    design a garage, what is singleton

    Yahoo onsite only hold on Mondays. The onsite interview experience was not very good. First of all, they fly you to sunnyvale, but only provide 1 night hotel. So every candidate either end up with living at their friends place for another night , or had a very tight schedule. The lunch was just some tacos, many candidate didn't take any food for lunch at all. The visit to Yahoo office, give me the impression that it is a sad place to work with. I decided not to work there at the moment entering the building. Just a personal feeling.

    Got rejection email 4 days after the onsite interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Design a data structure to store sparse 2D matrix which contains only 0 or 1. then write function to add 2 such matrix.   View Answers (4)
    • insert/delete linked list
      merge 2 sorted integer array into one
      what is page table, virtual memory, schema. what related web experience you had.
      design a garage, what is singleton
       
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    Front End Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Yahoo in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    Talked to what seemed to be a fairly young software engineer on the phone. It was a long time since I'd done an interview, and I stumbled a bit. A lot of questions were in the realm of browser quirks (which I'm not very good at remembering), and sometimes it seemed like he was looking for a specific phrase rather than a complete answer.

    No call back, no follow up.

    Oddly, no interaction with an HR person either before or after the phone interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Can you think of a browser rendering problem you had with IE?   View Answer
    • What is a closure?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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