AVA.ai Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Very Easy Interview
Developer Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at AVA.ai in March 2012.
Interview Details – 2 interviews in a formal office setting. They ask what you can contribute to the company. Basic questions, easy to get hired.
Interview Question – What unique benefit will you bring to the company? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiation, they tell you what you will receive.
Developer Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at AVA.ai.
Interview Details – "Explosive Growth" company = Investor cash infusion and many new senior management types with lofty titles but questionable credentials. 3 very high level people involved in my (unsuccessful) interview, and the questions were not very helpful or thought out between the 3 of them. In hind sight, their emphasis was on having been involved in a startup previously -- no idea why they think that so important, but the newly hired mucky-mucks I spoke with seemed to be stuck on that point.
Interview Question – Maybe you are better qualified for this other position we have open.... So let's no longer focus on why you are here for this interview, OR spend any real amount of time talking about how I am qualified about the second position. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Software Developer Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at AVA.ai in September 2011.
Interview Details – 1 year ago, I saw an ad on craigslist for a Software Developer position in downtown Bellingham. It was very cryptic and all it really said was "come down to our location and check it out!" with some other normal information. So I check it out.
When I got there, it was hard to find. It ended up being in a shady location kind of tucked away, the door would not open and there was no sign saying what to do. All I could see was a white door bell button so I pressed it. After waiting around 5 minutes, an employee came down and opened the door. Looking very confused as to why I was there. I explained the situation and the employee took me upstairs to the CEO's office.
Once in the office I introduced myself and explained that I had seen the ad on craigslist explaining to come down to the office. It seemed like he knew what I was talking about. Suddenly, I was caught off guard and we started what seemed to be an interview.
I gave the CEO my resume and was asked the normal questions about how and why I became a Developer and explained my experience and previous jobs with him. He then called in one of the other employees to ask me more technical questions.
This is where it got shady. It sounded like they wanted to give me a job. The CEO explained to me that normally they start employees off as an intern for 30 days with no pay. He said it was to make sure I fit well with the team and in the company, but at the end of the 30 days if I did not work out, I would no longer be employed. It sounded like a way to get free labor out of me. I told him I had bills to pay and could not do that. He looked pretty upset. Not only was this illegal, but as an employer he should not have even asked such a thing.
Finally after some deliberation with his colleagues, he said "Look, the best I can do is pay you a tiny bit over minimum wage for these 30 days, but after that there is no guarantee that you will have a job. Play your cards right and you should be just fine."
Interview Question – The most difficult question was if I could work as an unpaid intern for 30 days or not. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I accepted but I was unable to negotiate. The only reason I accepted was because it was the first job I applied for that offered a interview right away. Looking back, I never should have taken the job.