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Getting an Interview
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- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Ancestry.com (San Francisco, CA) in May 2015.
A recruiter contacted me to have an interview. The first step of the interview was to talk with the senior director (my eventual supervisor). The interview started with him giving me an overview of what ancestry.com does. Next we delved into my dissertation research and giving him excepts about how my research can benefit the company. Next we talked about the what big and complex data sets I used and how I handled them. The 2nd round was a coding round. This was very different from what I have encountered. The interviewer emailed me a question paper (1 problem) and called to clarify if I had any questions. The aim was to write a piece of code with an hour and email him back the code with test cases. Next they flew me over to SF. There I was scheduled to have 5 rounds of interviews out of which 1 person did not appear. With the other 4 I mainly talked about my research and some "tricky" DM/ML questions. I was informed that I will have 1 more round of telephonic screen with the person whom I was scheduled to have an onsite interview. The last TPS was again a heavy coding interview (google docs) where I was made to solve 2 questions.
- Coding round: Java String manipulation. DM/ML questions: a few about ensemble methods. A few about various classifiers and my knowledge about how and where to use various techniques 3rd coding: Solving a maze. Finding shortest path. 1 Answer
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I applied online – interviewed at Ancestry.com (Provo, UT).
- How would you optimize the images used on a site? 1 Answer
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
A phone call requesting an interview, attempts at getting in contact only yielded straight-to-voicemail opportunities, no replies to emails, five months of radio silence, only to receive an automated no-reply email saying they had found someone else. I had completely forgotten I had even applied. I'm convinced companies that deal in this manner aren't worth anyone's time.
- Please call me back Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Ancestry.com (San Francisco, CA) in March 2015.
The Ancestry.com at SF has great environment and nice view from the building. After checked in, I was brought into a conference room. Then hiring manager told me there would be two engineers would like to chat with me. They came into the room and had one on one interview. Just normal interview questions for software engineer position
- I wasn't not able release the interview questions. But those questions were very basic programming question, which essentially test to see if you have enough background knowledge in fundamental programming. They also asked my future plan and other personal information. The interview went smoothly and allowed you to know more about the company. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Ancestry.com in February 2015.
Got reached out by the hiring manager directly because of internal referral. It only takes about 2 weeks from first phone interview to final decision. The interview went well, was asked about several basic algorithm stuff.
- Breadth first traversal of a graph. Answer Question
Didn't negotiate much.
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Ancestry.com (San Francisco, CA) in January 2015.
I applied online and received a call from a recruiter pretty quickly. She was very nice and personable. She thought I was qualified for the position snd told me she would speak to the hiring manager and get back to me to set up a time to come in for sn in person interview. That was the last time j heard from her she never called back. I left 3 messages but she never returned my call. Interesting enough a year prior I had the same experience. I had a really good interview with the recruiter, told I was going to get passed on and then nothing. I've worked at quite a few well known companies in SF and San Jose and have never experienced this kind of unprofessionalism. Not a place that I would consider applying to again.
- If I'm comfortable doing tactical work (not strategic)? Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 days – interviewed at Ancestry.com in January 2015.
The recruiter does the typical phone screening. She was nice but I can tell she was really trying to make my responses "fit" what she was looking for. It was not my intention but that got me to the next round, which was a phone call with the hiring manager. Hiring manager seemed okay on the phone but was hard to read. He did ask very specific questions. No offer but would have been courteous to give some type of follow-up whether or not I was moving on to next round.
- Sometimes when I asked a question about the company the interviewer would respond with "What do you think?" instead of giving an answer. Answer Question
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I applied through other source – interviewed at Ancestry.com (San Francisco, CA).
Phone screen, couple other calls (strangely none with the elusive hiring manager) then full day of interviews. Showed up and waited for 15 minutes because the receptionist was both absent and unaware I was coming that day. The in person interviews consisted of some general behavioral questions then a case question. The hiring manager wasn't in the office that day and was supposed to do a video interview but they couldn't get the system to work, so just skipped that one. Why they would schedule in-person interviews for a day when the hiring manager wasn't going to be in the office is beyond my comprehension. I later had a follow up with the hiring manager and one other person. They never bothered to follow up, even after a couple thank-you emails and a later touch base email. Overall I can say it was a pretty negative experience.
- The case question was like something out of b school strategy class. Not surprisingly the guy who asked it was a former consultant. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Ancestry.com (Orem, UT) in October 2014.
I submitted an online application and I was contacted 3 weeks later. I was told I would be offered the job 7 days before training was scheduled to begin.
- How would you handle doing something wrong in front of your boss? Answer Question
They were set at 11$ an hour I tried to get 12$ but they told me about all the opportunities for moving up in the company
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Ancestry.com (San Francisco, CA) in July 2014.
I found out about the job through someone associated with the company. I then applied online and was emailed shortly after for a phone interview. The phone interview lasted about 30 minutes and at the end, I was asked to come in for an interview. The interview was 2 hours long. It was broken down into 3 interviews (30 mins, 30 mins, and an hour) with one person in each interview.
- What type of person do you work best with? Answer Question
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