Activision Blizzard Interview Questions

Updated Mar 12, 2015
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    Strategy Role Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Activision Blizzard.

    Interview

    I was set-up with an interview with the Strategy team, after being referred by someone. Fortunately I didn't have to get screened by HR initially. My interview was over the phone with a fairly senior person. I spent a lot of time preparing for this interview, speaking to friends in the industry, reading up on research and gathering insights.

    The interviewer was very terse and direct, which was fine, although I find phone interviews to be difficult at the best of times because you have no visual cues. So his approach made it even more awkward. Not sure why they wouldn't bring me into the office.

    Questions revolved around the company strategy, what I thought of it, things they should/could be doing and a discussion of my background and how it fit. Certainly some questions I handled better than others - it wasn't my best interview, just ok.

    I was held to a strict 30 minutes and certainly felt rushed trying to touch on what were very large and complex issues facing the company. I had no time for questions of my own. I was told they would get back to me with further steps, but was offered no contact information. I never heard a word from the company or my referral person.

    It's a shame that companies feel they can treat candidates with such disrespect, especially when so much effort is put forth to prepare. What I heard was that the role has been open for a while, so clearly they are having trouble finding the right person. Based on my (limited) experience with this company, being treated as completely expendible, it didn't strike me as a place to focus on.

    Interview Questions

    • Discussion of strategic issues - you will need to do your research   Answer Question
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    Marketing Analytics Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Activision Blizzard (Santa Monica, CA) in May 2014.

    Interview

    The interview was more technical than I expected. Although I was prepared for technical questions, I expected to lead a team with the technical ability. The interview also included a presentation the the entire group that interviewed you. What I liked about the interview was that they knew what they were looking for in terms of technical experience. This made the decision process easier because you knew after the interview if this was something you want to do.

    Interview Questions

    • How many models have you created?   Answer Question
    • Do you have any presentations you can share with the interviewers?   Answer Question
    • What datasets do you think are the most important in the video game industry?   Answer Question
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    Human Resources Department Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Activision Blizzard.

    Interview

    1. Applied Online - also got referred through a former employee -
    2. Received a phone call for a recruiter screening
    3. Got invited for an in person interview with 3 people
    4. Got invited back to meet with 3 additional people
    5. Received the offer.

    In total this took about 5 weeks, with the first 3 steps going pretty quickly and then a few weeks of waiting, after the last interview round it took 2 weeks to get the offer letter. Throughout all of it, the recruiter was very accessible and kept me well informed.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no difficult questions, interviewers ask a view situational and behavioral questions that shouldn't be to shocking if you have the right experience.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I didn't negotiate - didn't feel the need for it, I felt the salary offered was fair.

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    Sales Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Activision Blizzard (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Very laid-back. The team is looking more for a personality vs. actual experience

    Interview Questions

    • There were no difficult questions. The people doing the hiring are the actual people on the team, not HR.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    You work with HR, but don't expect much room for negotiation

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    Producer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Activision Blizzard (Santa Monica, CA) in January 2012.

    Interview

    Was called by the talent manager, then interviewed from the VP of the branch to senior level colleagues. I was asked several questions on my experience, how I would act in several circumstances, what my past experience was.

    Interview Questions

    • No tricky questions, just a lengthy review of my qualifications and what I could contribute to the team and the company.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The salary was lower than I asked, but they offered a sign-in bonus and performance based bonuses, that usually you never get, as much of your work depends on factors beyond your control. After the interview I waited for almost two months before I was contacted again for an offer.

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    Technical Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Edina, MN
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Activision Blizzard (Edina, MN) in May 2010.

    Interview

    Interview was not very structured as it seemed everyone was very busy. I met an HR person who answered the basic questions about benefits and such. Manager seemed very stressed and out of sorts like he was trying to meet a deadline. I also answered a few questions from a help desk person who wanted know what type of boss I'd be.

    Interview Questions

    • I can be difficult to work for. Is that a problem?   1 Answer
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Activision Blizzard (Los Angeles, CA) in February 2010.

    Interview

    Brief HR phone interview on your experience and what the role was offering. one on one interview was mostly non-technical and details of the past experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Experience with tv production technology which i clearly didnt have in my profile   Answer Question
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    Senior Finance Manager, Commercial Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Activision Blizzard (Santa Monica, CA) in February 2010.

    Interview

    I spoke with a total of 6 people over a month. The first was a phone interview with HR. Pretty standard. My first in-person meeting was with three directors, one of which was the person for which I would have been working. Two of the meetings spent most of the time covering my background, work experience, why I wanted to work for the company, etc. The third was a case question. Though it was challenging, the interviewer had an agenda for the question and would not accept an alternative method to reach an answer. Frustrating, but apparently I did well enough to move on. In the following weeks, I meet with two Sr. VPs. Both were friendly and went well. Despite phone calls and e-mails, I didn't hear anything for another month before hearing the news the job went to someone else. I found out the company had another round of layoffs which may explain the silence.

    Interview Questions

    • Estimate the revenue of one of the major television networks.   Answer Question
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    Brand Manager Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Activision Blizzard (Santa Monica, CA) in January 2010.

    Interview

    Activision was recruiting for a Brand Manager MBA Summer Intern at my business school. The interview was 1:1, each lasting 30 minutes. The first interviewer focused on behavioral/fit questions while the second focused mostly on marketing case questions. The interviewers were very friendly and conversational. I had met both of them the night before at a recruiting that was being held for the interviewees.

    Interview Questions

    • Management has asked you to launch 2 games from the same franchise in one year. One game is for the XBOX/PS3, the other is for the Wii. Management wants to know your launch strategy. How do you proceed?   Answer Question
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    Campaign Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Activision Blizzard (Santa Monica, CA) in April 2008.

    Interview

    It was a series of interviews one after another from people from different teams.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic Interview Questions. Strengths, Weaknesses.. I came from a different field so they wanted to know how that translated to this job.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I asked for a salary and they didn't negotiate.

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