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BlackBerry Interview Questions in Ottawa, ON

Updated Aug 19, 2014
Updated Aug 19, 2014
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  1.  

    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at BlackBerry.

    Interview Details

    2 Phone Screens. One quick non-technical, one longer more technical about 1 hour or more. 1 interview about 3 hours. Whiteboarding, solve algorithm question, how to solve, and how to test it. Detailed technical questions including esoteric C pointer questions. Told outright a solution I choose for a program I wrote was wrong and was told to defend my reasoning. Afterwards I was told this was to test can I defend my ideas and did I have a reason for the choice I made enough though I admitted it was not the best solution, but for the application it was the optimal.

    Interview Questions
    • Algorithms centred around mergesort and binary trees. How to manage a team as a technical lead (though I was not interviewing for that showed chance for growth). Some of the Technical C and other language questions were quite detailed. They looked up some gotchas to try to stump me and I had to reason through some of my answers to try to come up with the best answer I could.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    2 Week long period
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    CDMA/LTE/GCS RF Testing Support, 8 - 16 Month Fall Co-op/Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at BlackBerry in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    I had to reschedule the initial appointment as my student affairs office didn't forward the email to me (vacationing most probably). I rescheduled to a later date and was given a number to dial along with a code. I was on the line for about 14-15 mins before I got a call from the interviewer saying that they can't connect to the bridge line or something. So, my interview started 20 mins and my 45 mins interview lasted for about 30 mins or so. The interviewers were rushing through questions saying that either you know it or you don't know the answer. I prepared for this position knowing as much technical details as I could about the position in question but unfortunately I had only one question regarding the actual job. which I answered almost correctly. ( I didn't know the name of a tiny channel band).

    Interview Questions
    • First he started off with what a capacitor and inductor was? What happens to the potential when the frequency goes up to capacitor and an inductor? what is the cut off frequency? what happens to a capacitor and an inductor after the 3db cutoff frequency?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at BlackBerry.

    Interview Details

    A month after submitting my resume, I got phone call from HR. The purpose of the call was to get some basic background such as previous jobs and expected salary. No technical questions. Then, 2 weeks late, got an email for in person interview in Ottawa. The actual interview was easy.

    Interview Questions
    • No difficult or unexpected question. Just remember a guy asked a wrong question and was corrected by me :)   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software Tools Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at BlackBerry in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    It was a fun lengthy interview process. The phone interview consisted of 2 interviews. The first phone interview was about Skills Test and Personality Test with the HR. The second interview was about my skill set. So they asked me what I have done in the past and how I did it.

    The people are super nice, we had a nice conversation about technology and skills. It was a normal interview so it wasn't that bad.

    The Group Panel Interview was interesting, they made me come onsite, and there was 3 geniuses in a board room for a good 4 hours! They didn't ask me to solve any algorithms or any teaser questions, they wanted to see how I work on a normal day to day activity.

    So they gave me a paragraph that describes a problem. They said this is a user story. So for 1 hour, I needed to break down that user story and gather requirements. That user story was about authentications and permission roles. It was really nice scenario, because till this day, whatever I did during that day is what I am doing right now! We were brainstorming ways to make it better, it felt awesome.

    Interview Questions
    • Design a work break down structure for the user story. The user story was as a User I can manage my groups projects and administrate them.   View Answer
    • From some given tasks, you need to figure out a proper data model design   View Answer
    • Last step is to design the architecture, how to implement the Authentication Roles for Projects.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Bad, I made a mistake in my offer, but they said they can't go higher. But I really liked the interview so I wanted the job, so I just took it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at BlackBerry in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    First interview was with HR talked for about 30 minutes, projects that I had worked on and my contributions to them. Questions about solving conflicts between co-workers, types of managers I preferred.

    2nd Interview was Technical interview
    Couple basic questions about openGL, and a couple creative problems solving questions

    Office seemed overworked, dull, not nearly the same environment as Waterloo campus.

    Interview Questions
    • Given an unsorted list of numbers 1 to N, one number occurs twice all other numbers appear once. How would find the duplicate number.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Project Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at BlackBerry in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Had the interview within a week of applying for the job online.
    I was provided with the job description before the interview was scheduled and I reviewed my resume and matched my previous experience and education to the job description.
    The interviewer asked situational and behavioural questions then moved on to the job related questions on technical skills and interpersonal skills.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Although I was not able to negotiate, I was able to answer questions in a way that would lead into another question that I was prepared to answer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Graphic/Industrial Design Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at BlackBerry in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interview went on for 1.5 hours. He asked me a lot about what interests me, what my passions are. The main question he asked me was, "what would you want to change from the outside of your phone, not software" .

    Interview Questions
    • What would you change about your phone regarding whatever you touch on the phone, example buttons?   Answer Question
    • What are your passions?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Software Developer Co-Op Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at BlackBerry in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview - lots of technical questions! Brain teasers. Since I was a remote candidate I just did one phone interview. I got my offer just in two weeks. The interviewers were the same people I worked with during my internship. Be prepared to talk about your previous experience and college projects.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the angle between the two branches of your clock when it is 3:15?   View Answer
    • Describe two design patterns.   View Answer
    • What IPC stands for? And explain what it is.   View Answer
    • How to sort 2 million 32-bits integer?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at BlackBerry in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Traveled to Ottawan, ON for the interview. Conducted a 1:1 interview with a senior developer that lasted for approximately 30 minutes. The interviewer wasn't friendly at all, so it made the interview experience a sour one. He led me into the room and started by asking my previous work experience and then follow up with an algorithm problem, and was then followed by straight forward general questions regarding JAVA.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you draw an "X" on a screen made from smaller "x"s?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Continuous Improvement Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at BlackBerry in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    Several interviews. Quick overview of resume with HR. Two additional interviews with team and hiring manager to go over specifics with examples of previous work, as well as behavioural questions.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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