I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Alarm.com in November 2013.
Interview Details –
I applied through my university's job portal. Alarm.com saw my resume and gave me a call in early September 2013. The caller was friendly; we talked about my resume, my experiences, and they asked me some behavioral questions.
Then, Alarm offered me an on-site interview a week later. They paid for my flight and the hotel. However, my plane was delayed about 3 hours and I ended up in an airport an hour away in Baltimore. Ended up taking a taxi to DC with two others and then to Vienna alone. Due to an address mix-up, didn't get to my hotel until 2 am. Luckily I woke up for my 9 am interview.
I went to the waiting room first where I waited with 3 other candidates. I ended up going through the interview process with 2 of the candidates (we interviewed separately at the same time).
The on-site interview consisted of a series of one-person interviews. In order:
-A lead device engineer talked to me about my resume and asked me a brainteaser
-Another lead device engineer gave me a PCB and asked me to identify all the components on it. In addition, he asked me to identify common acronyms used in microcontroller and embedded programming (SPI, I2C, UART, etc.)
-A sheet with some basic coding questions
-Lunch with some employees and the two candidates. We had good conversation.
-An engineer interviewed me and asked me a C coding question with bit-shifting
-The CTO interviewed me and we talked about why I wanted to join Alarm.com, etc.
I had a great experience with the interview process. Everyone was very friendly and enthustiastic about their work. The engineers are all young; most of them have been out of college for a year. The culture is like that of a start-up, but Alarm.com has been around for 10 years and has carved out an established niche for the market that it's in.
Interview Question – The bit-shifting problem had me thinking for a while, but I got it with some prodding. Answer Question
Reason for Declining –
Alarm.com is a very small company, so I felt like working there would limit my career opportunities in terms of breadth and exposure. Also, they wanted me to make my decision by the end of October, at which point I hadn't received any other offers. I got a two week extension, but ultimately ended up declining. They were really nice about it; they even let me talk to a current employee about his application process and why he chose Alarm.com.
If I had a few more offers on the table, I could have made a more informed decision, but Alarm.com wasn't enticing enough for me to place it at the top of my job list with no competition. I had a good experience with the interview process overall.
I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Alarm.com.
Interview Details – I was referred by some one and I got two phone screening, but I didn't pass the second one although I answered all the questions. I guess it was due to my long distance from the location of the company.
Interview Question – The two interviews that I had was not at all hard. It only included basic knowledge of OOP with C#. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Alarm.com.
Interview Details – Initial reach out through LinkedIn, then through email. After a phone interview, in-office interviews were set up for the following week. Met with HR and one other person during the first in-office interview. Met with HR, an VP, director, and CEO during the final round of in-office interviews. Heard back with an offer within 2 days of the last interview. They were flexible with the start date.
Interview Question – Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. What was the highest mountain before Mount Everest was discovered? Answer Question
I applied through college or university - interviewed at Alarm.com in May 2013.
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I applied through my university job portal. Got a call after 3-4 weeks. Initially had one phone interview. Later was called to their office for a final interview after 2 weeks. Got the result of the interview in a couple of days.
Phone interview: Resume questions, basic testing & programming questions.
On site interview: Met with 5-6 people, software engineers, quality engineers & the higher officials in the company. Know your resume well, learn basic testing concepts & you should be able to think logically. You will not make it through if you bluff, be genuine that's the best way to crack this interview. And brain teasers :D
The interviewers were very nice people, so good that I've decided that I should anyhow get into that place because the work environment & everything was so friendly & professional. You will like the work they do, so brilliant innovative products.
Interview Question – There weren't any difficult questions, you just have to be guy with the kind of brain & knowledge that could find bugs. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Alarm.com in April 2013.
Interview Details – I applied online through my university's career portal and was accepted for an interview. I interviewed with 2 employees on campus and was asked to interview at the company's headquarters in Vienna. There, I met with 6-7 people from various departments over the course of about 5 hours. The interviews were very relaxed; I was mostly asked about my past experience along with some behavioral questions and a few brain teasers. Everyone was incredibly friendly and accommodating. I was put up in a nice hotel the night before, taken out to lunch by some of the employees, and reimbursed for gas. After the interview, the HR department was very quick to get back to me. This company is very on top of things; you will not wait for weeks to hear back from them.
Interview Question – The brain teasers. They are not too difficult, but require you to reason and think quickly on your feet. Do some practice ones on your own prior to the interview. They will give you hints to help you answer the question. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The HR department was great and easy to work with. Upon receiving an offer, I needed more time than was allotted (1 week) to make a decision. They happily obliged and gave me a few more weeks.
I applied through college or university and interviewed at Alarm.com.
Interview Details – 30 minute phone interview. Asked basic questions about resume, experience with technology, etc. I got a vibe that the company culture is fairly laid-back--the interviewer even told me he wears jeans to work most days.
Interview Question – Asked about experience with computers and how comfortable I felt working with them. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Alarm.com in April 2013.
Interview Details –
Applied online and was very happy to receive a quick response from the HR department. Within a couple of days I received a phone interview that reviewed work history and qualifications. Then was invited to the Bloomington, MN office for seven interviews from 9am-1pm with various staff members including managers and associates. Most of the interviews were conducted in pairs.
Staff was very friendly and encouraged a relaxed atmosphere to share work experience, discuss workplace scenarios and problem solving methods. Questions included why I want to work for Alarm.com and what skills I can bring to the company. The process of the interviews were to determine if I, the individual, would be a good fit with all the team members. A few of the interviews ended with riddles. Overall it was a relaxed and enjoyable experience.
Interview Question – I had three riddles given to me. I was unable to solve one but I explained my thought process to them which they seemed to appreciate. First riddle was how I could use as little steps as possible to find a slightly heavier ball from eight other visually identical balls with a scale. The 2nd riddle was how to cross a square moat that is nine feet wide and nine feet deep with two eight feet long boards. The third riddle discussed what sort of associations i could find with a series of numbers. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Alarm.com in April 2013.
Interview Details – I had a pleasant experience from flying into DC and being compensated for travel expenses. The interview was with many staff members from different areas including some programmers, quality engineers, and HR personnel. The interviews were relatively similar, the content included questions like why do I want to be a quality engineer and why did I choose alarm.com. There were also some logical reasoning questions asked by the programmer. Overall, the experience was relaxed and comfortable.
Interview Question – I can't remember the exact question, but it was something like the total possible combinations of distance around several routes. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Alarm.com in April 2013.
Interview Details – Met at school career fair. First interview for management development position was 2:1 panel, asked behavioral questions, specifically trying to target your problem solving skills then ended with a brain teaser. Final interview was on-site in Vienna, had 4 one on one interview and 2 panel interviews. Expressed interest of Sales development position and was able to interview with the director of channel development for a technical sales role.
Interview Question – You have 10 stacks of coins. Every individual stack has 10 coins in it. Every coin weighs one gram, except for one stack where every coin weighs .9 grams. With one scale, what is the fewest amount of measurements to figure out which is the light stack? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Great benefit package, and were very willing to negotiate salary if other offers were competitive. They were also more than happy to extend the offer expiration date in order to accommodate other offers.
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Alarm.com in April 2013.
Interview Details – Initially met the company at a career fair - very friendly and enthusiastic about what they do. Had two on-campus interviews and then went to Vienna for on-site interviews all day. Had about seven 45 minute interviews throughout the day, as well as a nice lunch out. Throughout the day the hiring manager I had been communicating with stopped by my interview room to ask if I needed any water/coffee or anything - very welcoming. The first couple interviews were largely behavioral - asking about my past experience, why I wanted to work at Alarm.com, what I was looking for in a company, how I choose my major, etc. A few brainteasers were thrown into the mix. The interviewers in the afternoon were higher-ups in the company and asked more in-depth questions to better understand if I would be a good fit for their teams. All interviewers were very open to sharing their experience with the company and how their career path led them there.
Negotiation Details – I was very able to negotiate for the number that I had in mind. The hiring manager was very responsive to my requests and timely with emails. They don't want to lose anyone over salary or benefits.
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