I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at BlackBerry in May 2010.
Interview Details – The interview questions were basic but still better than a lot of other interview questions I see. RIM's Chicago office is new and very nice.
There were a couple of programming questions. There were a lot of knowledge questions like "Do you know <X> technology or protocol". I got interviewed by 6 different people and I got a bit too tired at the end. It also didn't help that their most senior engineer interviewed me last after I was spent.
One warning to anyone considering RIM: Their HR is awful. For my interview they've invited me to Chicago. I filed my expenses (under $100 total) to be reimbursed but haven't gotten it yet in 2 months... I have emailed several times, tried to call. They respond and always say "This will be processed this week". Still waiting. Very unprofessional IMO. I'm glad I didn't take their offer. I found a similar job that paid ~ 10K better.
Interview Question – Write a function that extracts bits 1,2,9,10,19,20 from a 32-bit register and writes them to an 8 bit register. View Answer
Reason for Declining – The offer was below my market rate and they refused to match my market rate. I also have to say the HR rep was often rude and clueless and that was a big turn off for me. I thought the management was very reasonable. I felt like the HR did a terrible job of communicating what I asked and why to them.
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