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Updated Aug 14, 2014
Updated Aug 14, 2014
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Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer Interview

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

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Yahoo in June 2014.

Interview Details

1 Phone Screen with my perspective manager. I joked around and made sure that Yahoo did not support IE6 and asked questions about their development processes.

1 Technical Phone Screen with Senior Engineer. He asked me to make a form from scratch that did something.

1 Onsite interview - came in for 3 hours and met the team. It was sorta informal. Answered questions and joked around. Didn't know how to do some of the questions but figured it out in a couple mins by bouncing ideas off of my interviewers. They look for how fast you can adapt and how interested you are about the coding language and technologies. Also from UI and design perspective they look at how you code things to make it easier for the user.

One of my interviewers mentioned something he saw on hacker news and I had seen the same thing the day before so we chatted about it.

I also think that attitude counts hugely at Yahoo. There are no egos in my team. Your personality has to match too.

I wasn't asked any difficult algorithm questions like they do at FB and Google, it was all just stuff directly related to the job. You don't have to be a genius to work here, but if you put in some hard work and learn from the people smarter than you then you will go far. Don't be off put by the big name.

Interview Questions
  • How would you handle correcting a mistake that your manager made?   View Answer
Negotiation Details
I was able to negotiate. Yahoo's benefits are seriously awesome. The website doesn't explain everything.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Yahoo in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied through my school's careers website. I received an email within a week to set up a phone interview. The phone interview questions covered my resume and interests. About a week later I had onsite interviews with 4 different people. Each interview lasted about 45 minutes. Questions were not overly difficult and focused on scripting and databases. Everyone was extremely nice and made me feel very comfortable throughout the interview process.

    Interview Questions
    • You have a 10x10x10 rubix cube. You paint the outside. How many cubes have paint on them?   View Answers (5)
    Negotiation Details
    No need to negotiate, was offered a very competitive offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Yahoo in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn last October. Because I was considering quitting my PhD program, I pinged back. After that, we had 3 rounds of phone interviews. In January, the manager decided to move forward with an offer. I was ready to go there. However, in February, they decided to give me an extra onsite. I was surprised. Because Yahoo was my only offer at that time, I prepared my coding interview in a hurry. I performed badly in the onsite interview and planned to move on. So I prepared another month for some of exciting startups. I was able to get an offer from Yahoo at the end of March, but the processing takes so long that I got more offers from elsewhere. At that time, I am no longer interested in Yahoo, so I just wrote back a thankyou letter and let it go.

    Interview Questions
    • You have 2B URLs, how to find the 95th percentile of all the sizes.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    The slow processing of reimbursement and offer makes me quite disappointed about the company.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Yahoo in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initially contacted by a recruiter through email. Had two phone rounds over a period of 3 weeks. Was called onsite for an in-person interview. The decision came in after a week. HR was very prompt and expedited the decision process.

    Interview Questions
    • The interviews were more sort of discussions on a wide range of topics like Distributed Systems, Networking, Algorithms, Data Structures   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate. I felt that the offer was generous.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Yahoo in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    Recruiter reached out to me first. Then I was bombarded with a number of different internal positions. Finally, they zeroed in on one position. I talked with the manager and then went in for the in-person interview. The position didn't quite seem to be a fit for what I wanted to do. However, recruiter contact just died up after then

    Interview Questions
    • There were a few algorithms questions that did not seem relevant to the job   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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