I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed 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.
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.
Interview Question – Lots of css and js trick that I haven't heard of. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – 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.
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed 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.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed 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.
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