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Updated Jul 25, 2015
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    SEM Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Ask.com (San Francisco, CA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Phone interview with HR person. Took awhile to arrange, she was not very flexible on times. She asked a bunch of pointed questions that did not seem entirely relevant. I do not think we really connected on aspects that were not related to the opening.

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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Ask.com.

    Interview

    Recruiter contacted via LinkedIn. Process took 3+ week. Had a discussion with recruiter, after that had a call with manager. Had total of 2 phone interviews and then onsite 5 rounds interviewers came in a pair of 2. Most of the interviewer were consultants. Questions asked: 1. Find the minimum distance between 2 nodes in a graph. Then modified it to a graph like LinkedIn where you have 1 degree, 2nd degree connections. I thought I did good in this round I was able to solve this question. Then he asked me to implement the Threadpool class and write unit and integration tests for it. 2. This round was with the lead and one other interviewer. General unix command, Sql commands. Nothing difficult. Team lead was totally disinterested he didn't asked any questions. 3. Write a shell script to find a word count and print the result with line number and count of word in that line. Implement same in Java. 4. It was with one of the manager. This was more general discussion about the OOD and some of the problems that they are having. 5. What is REST. Implement a simple Rest service for get and put. Implement Tree data structure.

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    Database Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Ask.com in July 2014.

    Interview

    Started with phone interview, there were 3 persons interviewing me and asked both technical and personal questions. I got an offer 7 days after the interview. it was very happy event.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Ask.com in July 2014.

    Interview

    Interview phase 1: I applied on Ask.com careers, and got a call in 1-2 weeks from a recruiter. My first interview was with a senior engineer, and questions were mostly regarding my background, CV. The focus was more on knowing my intention and interests, do they align with the job description or not. Interview phase2: The interview was conducted in a very friendly and interactive way. I meet experienced engineers and had very good discussions. onsite interview which lasted 4-5 hours, consisting of 3 planned interviews and 1 unplanned i.e more chit chat. First interview was more on discussion regarding my background/CV, interests and what the expectations of the job role + intro to existing and future projects. Second interview was again very interactive, and was based on a topic i selected, ML algo, this was a bit tricky. Third interview had one java problem (finding combinations in a string, non repeating), and then later how can we improve the space and time complexity. In the end there was another session of discussion about comp culture and ongoing projects etc.

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    Negotiation

    Not much negotiation, actually the offer was fair so I did not do much effort. Secondly I was told about the budget of the position.

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    Web Content Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Ask.com.

    Interview

    Phone interview with HR and then with head of content department.

    Interview Questions

    • No trick or difficult questions. Just the ones you'd expect.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Ask.com (Oakland, CA).

    Interview

    I got an email from HR that they liked my resume for the position. Next round was a phone technical interview. It was supposed to be taken by someone but instead someone else took it. I did pretty well in that and got selected for next round which was solving two coding problems. I was supposed to get coding problems on friday but they forgot then again scheduled for saturday, which they again forgot and i ended up doing coding problems designed for some other position. HR was concerned but the technical staff which was supposed to send me the problems were lazy. And its been 3 weeks since then and i have not received any sort of reply from them about rejection or acceptance. Overall, interview process is lousy!!!

    Interview Questions

    • No unexpected questions in 1st round but the programming questions were not basic data structure programming. They asked for creating link graph.   Answer Question
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    SEM Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Ask.com (Oakland, CA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    First contacted by the recruiter, he first gave some description of the company and corresponding position. Then he asked some regular behavior question and schedule the time for interview with the director. The phone interview took about one hour. First asked for introduction and project/work experience. Then have some question about R and SQL. The last part was about the general idea of SEM.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oakland, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Ask.com (Oakland, CA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Contacted by HR Manager in the beginning. First did a phone interview with the team Director. This was a casual interview about my passion and interests, followed by some simple algorithmic questions. This was followed by a take-home programming assignment. This assignment was not so difficult to do, but it certainly tried and tested my algorithmic coding skills. Although I can't say what this assignment was exactly, I can tell you this much, that it was based on graphs and their traversal. I then did another phone interview with a live coding portion. The live coding questions were pretty easy to tackle. I was then invited for an on-site interview. The onsite interview consisted of 8 1:1 interviews, totaling to 5.5 hours for the entire interview. Be prepared for the following: 1. Questions about data structures and algorithms, specifically lists, stacks, queues, hash sets and graph representations. 2. Graph algorithms. You don't need to know them all, but basic knowledge of how graph traversal works, different types of graphs, etc. will go a long way. 3. Synchronization issues. This came to me as unexpected, but I was asked a lot about thread-safe data structures, how they work internally, how Java handles synchronization, etc. 4. Design patterns. Know your Singletons and Factory Method patterns well! 5. [optional] I was asked some questions about Hadoop and MapReduce. They are nice enough to serve you lunch from a variety of options including vegetarian and vegan food choices as well! I won't disclose what the exact questions are throughout my interview (signed an NDA for that) but as you can see from the above, you pretty much need to be an all round Computer Science person to crack the on-site.

    Interview Questions

    • I can't disclose this due to an NDA that I've signed, but for me, this section would definitely be the concurrency questions that I was asked. Know what data structures are thread safe in Java, and how they implement synchronization.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Ask.com (Oakland, CA) in February 2014.

    Interview

    Since the commute is long, everyone said telecommuting could be worked out. Went to interview. It went well. Lot of nice people with deep technical discussions. Questions ranged from simple programming languages to deep understanding of how things works. The interivew process took little over half day. Before this on site, there were two phone screen, and another phone interview after. All in all, the process went very well. Hoping very much that an offer would come by. Then they said, telecommuting is not possible.

    Interview Questions

    • Asking to relocate, even knowing that it is not currently possible as discussed before the whole interview process started   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Ask.com.

    Interview

    Smooth process. Contacted right away and scheduled soon afterwards. The HR manager was very communicative. First interviewer was professional The second one was rude and was incredulous about my accomplishments, saying that it was unlikely to have done so much early in my career. I declined going forward with the process, not because of the interviewer but because the job wasn't what I expected.

    Interview Questions

    • Quality score, ad position normalization, what to do in case of a drop in revenue.   Answer Question
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