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Airbnb Interview Questions in San Francisco, CA

Updated Nov 14, 2014
Updated Nov 14, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Airbnb in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    - Phone screening with recruiter (1): pretty straight forward but asked for salary requirements... was surprising upfront
    - Skype interview with head of team (1): waiting 45 minutes and he didn't show up, they rescheduled me late that night for early next morning (no time to notify work)
    - Five 30 minute interviews with manager, team and other teams: straightforward, asked some challenging questions but it was pleasant and fun, just exhausting
    - Emailed me with a project I spent 20+ hours on, said I would be presenting to team but then ultimately got scheduled for 4 more 30 minute interviews (2 were for culture fits) and one 30 minute presentation to one person (seemed like different than what they originally wanted me to do)

    Overall I had 12 interviews but the recruiters were great in getting back to me quickly. There was some miscommunication and cancellations, which I found frustrating. I had to miss a lot of work and would have been really upset if they put me through all this and they didn't offer me the job.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me something that I can't find on your resume, LinkedIn, online, etc.; What's been your biggest risk, asked a lot of weird questions, but just do your research and be prepared for non-traditional questions for cultural value interviews   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Unable to negotiate anything but they offered me a small sign-on bonus
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Food and Beverage Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Airbnb in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    First phone screen - good, easy
    Second phone appt - Recruiter was late to meeting, had to reschedule last minute
    Third step: Invited for on-site interview. Nice tour of space, kitchen, met some of the team members
    Fourth Step: Recruiter calls me at 9:30pm panicked that he dropped the ball and forgot to send me a writing exercise that is required ... with less than 48 hours to complete it. He was very apologetic and I rose to the occasion submitting it on time.

    Interview Questions
    • Please address entire company in an email and let them know why we are discontinuing ordering Unicorn on the menu (most interesting question I've ever been asked in an interview - a fun challenge!   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Airbnb in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    The process for which this company hires is frantic and sporadic at best. Overall my three rounds of interviews took over seven weeks to complete, with minimal communication from the recruiters. This often left me wondering what (if any) my next steps were. I was told many times that recruiting was very busy, and I get that, but a small status update after more than a week of not hearing anything would have gone so far. It also seemed that there was a disconnect between certain groups as to what this role would actually be doing, which I think plagued the experience. Overall it was just the drawn out nature of the interviewing process and the constant unknown that really took it's toll on me. I really like this company and am still a proud user, but after going though what I went through, I would never pursue another opportunity with them. Very disorganized and very poor professional conduct in my opinion.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you write on the tombstone of the current hotel industry? I had fun with this one but it caught me off guard.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Airbnb in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    After the initial housekeeping with recruiters you do 2 phone screens that last ~45 minutes. Coding questions are the average DS and algo, but wrapped in some use scenario context, which is helpful.
    Mine included: lower/uppercase permutations, simple json parsing, implementing a simple socket based client (could lookup docs online).
    You need to produce *running code (this is true for both phone and onsite), but that shouldn't make you nervous.

    Arch/Design questions is what got me. You're expected to know database/relation design, indexing, different layers of caching and lookup optimization as if you do this all day every day.
    You can answer these Q's in either Sql or NoSql context.

    Then there are 2 quirky culture/fit interviews. Know why you want to work there, be ready to share some experiences from traveling (and hopefully using AirBnB), and have something new to teach your interviewer in a few minutes. That part is actually fun.

    All in all a nice experience and anyone you interact with are pleasant and helpful.

    Interview Questions
    • What SQL columns you should index and how would you change the indexing in different lookup scenarios?   Answer Question
    • What can you teach me in a few minutes?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 24 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Airbnb in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied online Nov 2013.

    1. Few days later spoke with very knowledgeable recruiter.
    2. In 2 days scheduled the tech phone screen using coderpad - didn't have enough time to finish the problem.

    Overall the questions are on the difficult side for phone screening. I wonder how many people can produce working code in 40min. I would recommend people try the two questions, and give yourself 40min for each. The code need to be complied and working. Please comment on this post and tell how long it too you.

    Interview Questions
    • 1. find all the combinations of a string in lowercase and uppercase. For example, string "ab" -> "ab", "Ab", "aB", "AB". So, you will have 2^n (n = number of chars in the string) output strings. The goal is for you to test each of these string and see if it match a hidden string.

      2. Implement a simple regex parser which, given a string and a pattern, returns a boolean indicating whether the input matches the pattern. By simple, we mean that the regex can only contain special character: * (star), . (dot), + (plus). The star means what you'd expect, that there will be zero or more of previous character in that place in the pattern. The dot means any character for that position. The plus means one or more of previous character in that place in the pattern.
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Airbnb in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    They were slow with the follow up with my initial application, but once they emailed me in regards to my first interview (and final) things moved quickly. They contacted me by the next day or two letting me know I got the job. Very relaxed interview, fun atmosphere, open layout of the workspaces, lots of sunlight. Seems like a great place to work, but the job wasn't really what I was looking for. *Please note, I interviewed with multiple people, but they were all 1:1 interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • No difficult questions-I definitely over prepared for this interview.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Seems like a great place to work, but the job wasn't really what I was looking for.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Airbnb.

    Interview Details

    Recruiter outreach (email), led to a call with the recruiter, and then a technical screen (Skype, coding in an online editor) with an engineer, which in turn lead to an onsite.

    The onsite was very long, and had me talking to about 7 different team members (mostly engineers, and one interview with a designer for cultural fit); it lasted the entire day.

    Lots of tree questions (implement a BST, score sudden-death tournament results with a minimal binary tree data structure, encode an alien dictionary using a tree and then produce a dictionary using topological traversal), and a "rebuild Twitter from the ground up" scaling/architecture question.

    Interview Questions
    • Store a set of sudden-death tournament results in a compact format (eg. a bit array) and a set of predicted match results (also in a bit array). Score the predictions, giving one point per correctly guessed match, without unpacking the bit array into a more convenient format (ie. you have to traverse the tree in-place).   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    Reasons 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.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Airbnb.

    Interview Details

    Multiple rounds (4-5) not sure if that's common, but they had me interview for two positions. Great HR, communicated efficiently and very helpful. Always very prompt with following up. Wonderful experience over all, everyone was very welcoming and enjoyable to speak with.

    Interview Questions
    • Gave hypothetical situations of how I would analyze certain problems in the system. Mainly looking for way of thinking and ability to communicate effectively.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Junior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Airbnb.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and got an answer the day after. The whole process was fast and efficient. Not really unexpected questions:
    - Tell me about you
    - What do you expect to accomplish in this particular position?
    - Background-focused questions
    - Behavioral questions: tell me about a time in which you went through a difficult situation and how you solved it.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a situation in which you had to pay a lot of attention to detail   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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