Betfair Interview Questions & Reviews in London, England
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- Product Manager (1)
- Manager (1)
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- Commercial Strategy Analyst (1)
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Human Resources Business Partner Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Betfair in June 2010.
Interview Details – Lengthy, took 3 months from first interview until offer.
Interview Question – Cannot remember anything in particular, however the line manager spoke for a lot of the time so the questions were limited Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Depends on the line manager hiring on whether you can negotiate
Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Betfair.
Interview Details – The position was found through a recruiter. She said that they were interested in a person with my skills and knowledge, so a phone interview was arranged. It was a really pleasant talk, out of the few phone interviews I enjoyed. I guess it was their point of view too, as they asked for a face-to-face interview. I'm not situated in UK, so I asked if it was the final step and the recruiter told me it was, so I did the trip. There I talked initially with two people from the team, with a variety of questions, from business to more technical ones. Then I had a brief meeting with the HR Manager and I was informed that this was not the final step, but if I passed I had to talk with a stakeholder, which was a bit of a surprise..I returned back home and after one week I was informed that I didn't get the job...and actually noone has, they would still continue the search. I do have a bitter taste, especially because of the trip, but you always gain something good from every interview you go through.
Interview Question – What is the difference between a t-test and chi-square test? View Answer
Commercial Strategy Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Betfair in November 2012.
Interview Details – The hiring process was disorganised but the staff were friendly. I thought that I was going to attend a one hour interview but instead I had 4 one hour interviews with different members of staff, followed by an online aptitude test. If the HR department had been more organised I could have done the online aptitude test at home prior to the interview,and then had one panel interview with 4 staff lasting one hour.
Interview Question – What are the tax issues facing eGaming companies. Answer Question
Commercial Graduate Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Betfair.
Interview Details – I had 2 interviews the first was pretty easy. Questions asked at the 1st interview included; "Tell us what you know about the company" and, "tell us what you know about the role and what transferable skills you have in-order to be successful in the role?"
Interview Question – suggest a way in which the company can increase its turnover? Answer Question
IT Project Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Betfair in October 2011.
Interview Details – Very fast process, two weeks from being contacted by a staff agent to receiving the contract.
The first interview was over the phone (45 min) and the second one was a 1:1 with 2 people (1hr each).
Plenty of behavioural questions, a scenario was setup and my answers led into the next one.
They were interested on how did I solve problems and face difficult people, the people who interviewed me were dynamic, enthusiastic and straight forward in all their questions.
I was encouraged to ask as many questions as I wanted and they gave me a very good insight on what to expect from the role and the main challenges I will be facing.
- If I ask your current boss, what will he say are your 3 main strengths? Answer Question
- One of your project resources didn't finish the task he was assigned on the day he promised. This is delaying your project, what would you do? - Every time I gave an answer he added another obstacle Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Personally I don't like to negotiate, therefore I was very clear from the beginning on what I want and they gave it to me without any hesitation.
Every doubt I have about the contract was answered the same day by different teams, they don't waste time!
Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Betfair in June 2011.
Interview Details – very processional, informative and enthusiastic. The process challenged me and my thought process. The nature of the questioning gave no doubt i had to be truthful and factual with my answers there was no hiding place for embellishment
Interview Question – If you could change one thing about your last job, what would it be? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Professional and Considerate. There was a real sense to understand my personal motivation and needs whilst being transparent in the process followed
Software Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Betfair in August 2011.
Interview Details – it took them 10 days to arrange a telephone interview.
Telephone interview was average, I didn't fail any questions and at the end of the interview I was told that it was positive.
After a week I sent an email asking if there was any updates. And I was told that the telephone interview was negative.
I would stay away from them.
Interview Question – difference between interface and abstract class Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Researcher Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Betfair in February 2010.
Interview Details – Unclear Process! It seems there is a sense of confusion at Betfair:
I had a long telephone interview, then they have invited me for face to face interview! They were quite excited for finding the suitable person!!!
Anyway, face-to-face interview was total confusion! First they have given me their standard developer questioner and then they have said normally they give 2 hours for filling the form but as I am a researcher I can select which question, I like to answer and they will come back after an hour!
I started from first question and finish the first and second page! After about 15 minutes, they came back and said they do not need me to answer them and we can talk about them!!
To my surprise, they have started a conversation about unrelated subjects AND One of them had to leave early (after about 5 minutes), because he needed to catch the train! As a result I have left with a guy talking about how good Betfair is for work (there were two guys at the beginning).
Anyhow the conversation (or interview!) was quite short, the main interviewer ask HR for talking to me, he said a few more things about how good the company is and then he asked me about details of my hobbies (board games in my CV) and he mentioned they have checked my CV with details and that is why they have chosen me!!!!
As you see all seemed positive! Finally HR told me they will send me an official result plus potential salary after 10 days!
After 15 days I have not got any letter or email! I called them, their reception told me, it is in the process and she will call me back very soon! After another 10 days, I called them again, nobody was available or knew anything and they said they will call me back in a few days! After waiting another 5 days, I have called them again, their receptionist said she can not find the record of the result and it seems they have NOT made any decision yet but she promised to call me back late evening to let me know what is going on!
What do you guess?!
YES they have not called me back and I gave up!
The interesting point is they even have not paid (or offer to pay) the transport cost!
My verdict: do NOT trust the company, their promises or anything from them, it does not seem they have any respect for other people!
The positive side: I do not have to work for such a company and can keep my dignity!
Interview Question – Do you prefer chess or backgammon? View Answer
Front-End Web Developer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Betfair in September 2010.
Interview Details – First, phone interview.
Second, Face 2 Face.
Then, 2 engineer went through my answers with me, particularly on the one I got wrong, to try to see if I was able to fix my answers with some hints.