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Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Engineer Interview

San Francisco, CA

The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Airbnb.

Interview Details – 1 - initial conversation with internal recruiter
2 - technical screen
3 - in person interview at airbnb for 6 hours
4 - phone conversation with manager

The hiring process was actually pretty disorganized. For example, the first in person interviewer was nearly twenty minutes late and hadn't bothered to read my resume beforehand. I didn't really get the feeling that they were that interested in me. They also didn't ask about my previous professional experience at all. Given the level of questions they asked and the way the interviews went, I got the strong impression they mostly hire fresh college grads, not people with a decade of experience. Note that I'm not saying I'm too good to write code on a whiteboard or anything, because I'm happy to prove I'm competent. But I've learned a few things besides basic algorithms and airbnb never asked a single question about anything I've worked on.

Interview Question – The questions were really pretty straightforward if you're a decent engineer. Know your data structures and web architecture and you'll do well. They also ask you to write code with one of their engineers, so you should know (at least) one language and one editor well.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Airbnb didn't give me a great offer financially. They made it clear after I declined that I could have negotiated, but another company beat them by $20k.

Airbnb will also give you an option grant that is worth $xxx, but will absolutely refuse to tell you how they arrived at that value or disclose what fraction of existing shares that represents. Given the stock is still illiquid, it makes it impossible to value the stock grant and hence I valued it at $0. Note that, per 409a regulations, they cannot offer in the money option grants. Hence the grant is worth $0 per the last independent company valuation. So they only way they arrive at the value is some growth assumptions, but again, they will refuse to share those with you.

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Engineer Interview

San Francisco, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Airbnb in July 2012.

Interview Details – The process seems to be run by an incompetent or inexperience team of hiring managers and staffing people. One interviewer who introduced himself as an investor didn't know the position I was interviewing for. None of the interviewing team asked about my background nor did they even ask for a resume to review my background. It was a complete waste of time.

Interview Question – Unexpected question from an interviewer: "what position am I interviewing you for?"   Answer Question

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