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Getting an Interview
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- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at AOL (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)) in November 2014.
It was arranged through our university and AOL brought in 30 students for interview yet only hired 2 people. We had a written test with stuff as easy as fizz buzz, basic syntax tests, basic SQL and HTML stuff. After the technical test, I had an interview with HR about my experience in teams and volunteering. I then had a technical interview where they had my test that I had done earlier. The interviewers were really friendly.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at AOL (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)).
- Describe the differences between iteration and recursion. Not really a difficult question, but I jumped in a bit quick on describing recursion in laymans terms (cinema row analogy) instead of actually pointing out the differences between the two. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at AOL (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)).
Tech exam Phone interview Onsite: culture, tech and team interviews Great office Good vibe
- Some tech questions more suitable to graduate as they would be something that you may cover when learning coding but haven't used since then. 1 Answer
Was with a third party as I'm there a long time and my first 6 months was as a contractor. Things have changed significantly since I started here. Interview process is much more detailed now and is OTT IMO.
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I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at AOL (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)).
- What technologies have you read about recently that you find interesting..... I stumbled through this answer, as I was not prepared for it. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at AOL (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)).
Did two over the phone interviews followed by a day on site
- Some C and infrastructure questions. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at AOL (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)) in September 2013.
Contacted by recruiting team. A practical Java test followed by a 30 min tech screening. Then I was invited to a 4 hour Skype call, which includes another round of online Java/SQL/Web test, 1:2 tech interview, cultural ambassador from HR and manager interview. Technically not challenging, I think I hit most of the answers. Only after 2 days I was told all tech tests/interviews are good but I fail to provide specific example in some of the behavioural questions, thus not good enough for this role. The HR team is actually very good. Very nice and efficient in coordinating the interviews/tests, even gave me a call back explaining everything in the end. The interviewers of technical round are very friendly, good communication, nice to talk to, detailed answer to my questions. But cultural ambassador and manager interview is tougher, 2 solid hours of behavioural questions, duplicated questions, no project experience asked, no response or feedback, no smile on their face. All leads me to believe that managers are not particularly looking for someone with good technical skills and project experience.
- Just be prepared and careful with your answer for all the behavioural questions. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at AOL (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)) in April 2013.
1 coding challenge, 1 Telephone interview, followed by 5 hour on site session.Followed by hiring manger 1 week later. On site session involved interview with 2 senior developers, 1 cultural embassador interview, 2 managers interview. Returned to the office the following week for hiring manager interview and an offer was made the following week. Very challenging process but I learned a lot about the company and also about myself.
- Draw your previous companies architecture Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at AOL (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)) in January 2013.
- The questions were more or less reasonable and logically sequential. There were no surprises or out of topic discussions, so if you are applying for Java software engineer position, prepare for Java related questions. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at AOL (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)) in July 2011.
C++ technical interview over the phone 30 min. They asked basic questions regarding memory (dynamic and static, heap and stack), OO (polymorphism, inheritance, copy constructors, etc) . 1:1 HR interview the normal stuff
- They weren't difficult Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at AOL (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)) in August 2010.
I was contacted by a recruiter whom I knew, he plugged me into the process so I didn't apply or anything. I went through a phone interview, then a series of interviews with different people - all of them happening one after another on one afternoon/evening, which was quite convenient. In the end I wasn't offered the position and was never given any reason why. It was frustrating - the recruiter who got me included in the process also tried to get this answer from AOL but didn't hear back from them.
- Questions were not challenging. 1 Answer
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