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Getting an Interview
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Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Ancestry.com (Provo, UT) in August 2015.
I had a basic introductory phone interview, then they had me do an unreasonably large programming exercise. I worked on it for an entire weekend, producing over 1500 lines of code, and it still didn't cover all of the functionality that was required. Not wanting to waste another weekend on the project, I turned in what I had. Keep in mind that this is first-level screening, before I even talked to anyone in person. I've interviewed with multiple large companies in the past, and I've never had such a large and time consuming project thrown at me as part of an interview. If they have this little respect for a person's time during the interview process, I would hate to see how they treat actual employees.
- Create a RESTful web service supporting CRUD operations with unit and integration testing Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Ancestry.com in July 2015.
First it was telephonic followed by face to face. Had couple of rounds but enjoyed conversation with the team. When I walked around the office, It gave me good feeling that I will like working here. Also they were friendly and smiling throughout.
- Couple of scenarios based interview back to back. 1 Answer
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Ancestry.com (San Francisco, CA) in July 2015.
Phone screen went well - basic questions to determine if background and experience was legit. Interview that followed phone screen was on site. Very nice SF offices. Extremely informal atmosphere. Interviewed by the team, two potential colleagues and the hiring manager; one at a time. They didn't seem to have a set group of questions. In fact they encouraged me to ask them questions. Which was a little odd - but OK. The interview flowed more like a conversation than an interview. Final meeting with hiring manager was a bit rushed - but as she darted out the door to an appt. she said the next step for me would be an interview with the folks in Utah. Based on that, I assumed she meant that I would be making it to the next round. That didn't happen though. The following week, having not heard from them - I reached out to the corp recruiter and heard that they went with another candidate. Sort of confusing, to be honest. No reasons were given, and I didn't bother to ask.
- Some random questions about my familiarity with technology and experience. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Ancestry.com (San Francisco, CA) in June 2015.
Phone interview with hiring manager and series of eight interviews with peers and junior members of the team. However no opportunity to meet hiring manager or senior level team in person. Although job was posted at a VP level the resources and access to C suite seemed to position the role as a tactical function. Also the organization was not set up to allow effective execution and the interview did not allow sufficient access to leadership to assess openess to alignment function to allow for strategic marketing and communications.
- Could I function in a scrappy start-up culture? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks. I 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
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Ancestry.com (Provo, UT).
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- 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. I 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. I 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 (2)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I 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
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